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Top 10 beaches destinations in the world

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Whether you’re after sunbathing on white sand or snorkelling around coral reefs, you’ll know where to book your next hotel with this guide to the world’s top 10 beach destinations.

Snorkelling on Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Brightly coloured angelfish swim amid the limestone rocks framing Bermuda’s Horseshoe Bay. Explore shipwrecks and submerged caves before resting on the bay’s beach, a semi-circle of white sand against the turquoise Atlantic.

Horseshoe Bay, Horseshoe Road, Off South Road, Southampton Parish, WK 01, Bermuda
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Golfing in St Andrews, Scotland

Sand dunes separate the world-famous Old Course and its 18th-century clubhouse from the water. A steep footpath leads visitors from the ruins of St Andrews Castle to the peaceful beaches lining the Eden estuary.

West Sands Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9XL, Scotland
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The Copacabana’s promenade, Rio de Janeiro

Sunbathers, joggers and caipirinha mixers juggle for space on Rio de Janeiro’s beach. Watch the spectacle walking the promenade: the South Atlantic glisters on one side, while the tree-covered Morro do Leme mountain rises on the other.

Avenida Atlântica, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22021-000, Brazil
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Surfing on Bondi Beach, Australia

Bondi Beach epitomises Sydney’s easy-going lifestyle. Professional and amateur surfers share the vibrant Pacific stretch, located a few kilometres east of the city’s central business district. Board rental is available and teachers are at hand.

Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW 2026, Australia
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Inner-city bathing on Miami Beach, Florida

Dotted with colourful lifeguard towers, Miami’s South Beach lures city sunbathers and boogie boarders to its sprawling sandy shores. Turn around for Ocean Drive’s eccentric parade of classic cars and would-be fashion queens.

Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
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Walking along False Bay, South Africa

Stretching from Cape Point to Cape Hangklip, South Africa’s False Bay is dotted with small villages and beaches. Dip into the Indian Ocean on Muizenberg beach, before hiking to the sleepy fishing village of Fish Hoek.

False Bay, South Africa
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Hawaiian beauty on Hanalei Bay, Hawaii

Carved into the bottom of a cliff on Kauai island, Hanalei Bay is a pristine semi-circle of white sand. Set to the backdrop of rolling green mountains dotted with waterfalls, the small beach gives way to a deep blue Pacific.

Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
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Acapulco’s beaches from the water, Mexico

High-speed Jet Skis take visitors across Acapulco’s bay, while cruise ships anchor for the city’s famous high-cliff divers. Afterwards, take your towel to the family-friendly Puerto Marques Beach, a little further from the Mexican city’s busy centre. 

Acapulco, Mexico 
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Exclusive sunbathing in Cannes, France

Glamour-loving Cannes has some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches. Visitors can pick between exclusive stretches lining the Boulevard de la Croisette, or head for the free Plages du Midi, stretching west of the Vieux Port. 

Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, 06400, France 
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White sand on Boracay, Philippines

Its soft White Beach has put Boracay on the map. Located on the northern end of the Philippines peninsula, the tiny island is surrounded by an azure-coloured Pacific that is best viewed from underneath a palm tree, cocktail in hand. 

Boracay Island, Philippines 
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