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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The 10 Most Gorgeous Beaches in the World

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday IslandImage via WikipediaThe 10 Most Gorgeous Beaches in the World
By Ryan Schmitz

Although there are a ton of gorgeous beaches in the world, there can only be ten that stand above the rest. So who's high ranking as the top ten most gorgeous beaches in the world? Keep reading to find out.
10. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

One of the most secluded and cleanest beaches in the world, Whitehaven requires you to travel by boat and you're not allowed to sleep on it. The sand is so white that you might need sunglasses to block the reflection off the sand.

9. Tulum Beach, Mexico

With Mayan pyramids in the background and a Mexican flavor to go boot Tulum beach is truly a beautiful place to visit. Without a dense commercial resort atmosphere you can have privacy and stay at the local Villa La Estancia Puerto Vallarta resort.
8. Mnemba Lodge, Tanzania

Although it isn't on the mainland section of Africa, Mnemba Lodge isn't exactly the easier beach to get to, but that's half the fun. With a secluded lodge and a long beach there's plenty of space to explore.
7. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

Located on the densely populated island of Oahu, Hawaii Lanikai beach is easy to get to (if you're on the most secluded landmass in the world). If you're on the island of Oahu, you can get there by bus and see chinamen's hat just a short distance from shore.
6. Kondoi, Okinawa, Japan

Located on the island of Okinawa, the home to some of the oldest folks in the world, there lies a beach that brings the beauty of Japan to the ocean creating a zen like beach experience. However, if you plan on visiting, remember that Japan is one of the most expensive places in the world.
5. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Although I can't promise you won't get lost in the Bermuda triangle, it may be worth the risk to enjoy Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda. The predictable weather, sound of lapping waves, and clear water drive thousands of tourists here every year. According to many, this is the best beach in all of the Caribbean.
4. Boracay, Philippines

Popular with the British and just a short ride (relatively speaking) from Manila, Boracay is a mix of cheap accommodations and gorgeous scenery in southeast Asia.
3. Anguilla

Not often heard of by Americans, Anguilla is a remote island that provides an incredibly slow pace of life. That's why many celebrities and movie stars call Anguilla their home as they can hide away from the paparazzi.
2. Maldives

The Maldives are beautiful, but they're only a few feet above sea level, meaning that their beaches may not be here forever. If the Maldives make your list of beaches to visit, you may want to visit them sooner rather than later.
1. Fernando De Noronha, Brazil

An archipelago island chain located in the Atlantic ocean miles from Brazil this grouping of islands is isolated and absolutely breathtaking. Unesco World Heritage named this island chain as "the most beautiful marine park in the World." Pretty tall order to live up to!
Although it didn't make the cut Waikiki Beach might actually be the most fun beach in the world, rather than one of the most gorgeous.

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