Countries With the Best Beaches

The Top Ten
1 Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

I'm a Kiwi and have to say Ozzy beaches are the best and I don't enjoy saying it. I've traveled around the world and keep going back. You may find a lovely beach here and there in other countries but not all.
You can swim all year, burn your feet on the sand but it's worth the trip.
The down side is you can't always swim when needed as there's stingers up north that can kill you. Fishing, surfing, diving is unreal. Topless beaches the lot.
Best Beaches easy. Nothing compares.
It's every beach also.

Absolutely beautiful beaches all around Australia, with golden sand, not pebbles and the surf is fantastic. Plus Australia's splendid climate means people can surf/swim all year 'round.

Hands down Australia has the best beaches in the world. The fact that there are so many, most of which are untouched is a testament to how good our beaches are. Australia has such a small population that its not uncommon to have a world class beach all to yourself. Sydney alone has hundreds of beaches, most of which are better than some of the worlds so called "best". That's not to say that all of our beaches are better than every other countries but all up Australia wins by a mile. For example countries like Thailand and India are beautiful and have wonderful beaches but from my experience I found that the beaches were overcrowded and the water was actually quite disgusting at times. I lived in Hawaii for awhile and I can honestly say that, although amazing, the beaches were second to those in Australia.

Many different types of beautiful beaches can be found in Australia. Australia is a huge country with so much coastline. This means there are so many isolated, naturally beautiful and pristine beaches. There are also popular beaches closer to the cities like Bondi beach where you will often spot celebrities. Perhaps, the best aspect of Australian beaches is the sand. Its clean, soft, perfect for making sand sculptures, going barefoot on and lying down on. Or maybe it's the waves that is most appealing. They make the beach fun, great for surfing and catching waves. There is a reason why the stereotypical Australian is a surfer. There are also tropical beaches in the north with white sand and beautiful coral. Think of the great barrier reef Fraser Island. There are many vast beaches in Australia with rolling sand dunes and a large majority of australians live very close to them. When my relatives came to Australia from mediterranean Europe they could not believe the difference. When ...more

2 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

Lots of beaches along the Mediterranean sea, Atlantic Ocean.
But also Pacific Ocean, with the largest and most wonderful lagoon in the world: Bora-Bora. And so many other coral islands. And the famous New-Caledonia with the 3rd largest coral reef in the world.
And French Caribbean islands with many nice beaches.
Even in Indian Ocean with Mayotte and wonderful coral reefs, the RĂ©union etc..

No other European country can offer such beaches and surely few in the whole world.

I know that France has bora bora and new calidonia as well as some Caribbean islands, but just the continental part of France is amazing. Sure you could visit Paris, but you must visit the Mediterranean part of France. Nice, Cannes, French Riviera, so many nice beaches. On a side note, the beaches are crowded.

A lot of coast line, seas and oceans, isles in every ocean. All kind of beaches in only one country with some historical value like in Normandy.
So France is the best country for beaches.

We spent 3 months in New Caledonia (French territory), it's absolutely wonderful, beaches, landscape and people are just sumptuous.

3 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

No beaches in the world go close to Greece.
Places like the Maldives, Fiji and Hawaii rely on picture perfect days to get the right sunshine and low winds to take pictures for tourist mags, in Greece they are perfect crystal clear all the time.
Islands like Milos, Lefkada, Zakinthis, Koufonissi, Naousa, Paxi etc etc have better beaches than anywhere on earth and for those that believe Australia is better, remember this, dive off any boat offshore and you will either be eaten by a shark or attacked by a variety of other sea creatures like deadly jellyfish.

It's not only the incomparable beauty of the Greek beaches but it is also their accessibility. Greek beaches are not a beautiful carte postale! You can walk on them, lie on them, swim in them, no undercurrents, no sharks (! ), that is you can enjoy them with all your senses! They are real beaches, not just shores or simply coasts! All that on top of an amazingly balanced climate tolerable by everyone in its most extreme phases!

Simply amazing! Simply the best you can ever meet. Not just the quality of the water, super clean, but also the landscape, the organisation of the beach, usually with amazing beach bars and restaurants.
You can find a beach for any taste! Really NO comparison with anything else in the world

Greece has 6,000 islands and islets.. The waters in Greece are crystal clear, the colors can range from wine dark, to turquoise to emerald blue.. There are white, golden, red and black sand beaches.. Some are very shallow you can walk half a mile and still touch the ground.

4 French Polynesia

Yes, for sure, hundreds of lagoons with coral reefs in this such unbelievable and wonderful Pacific Ocean.

5 Madagascar Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Southeast Africa.

Madagascar movie is a movie and the Country of Madagascar has nothing to do with this movie.

The movie is about the Central Park Zoo in New York and its animals, animals which are not living at all in this wonderful Madagascar Island.

Anyway, you know that, and I know some of beaches there really fantastic, this year 2015, I've just been in Italy, it's so dirty, ridiculous compared with so nice Madagascar.

Here you will find 20 times more beautiful beaches than a overrated country like Italy.

Madagascar movie is so cool and pretty so I am guessing acuatual Madagascar is so much prettyer

6 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

Recognized by clever people and real connoisseurs UK for having among the most beautiful beaches of the world like:

Hunmanby Gap, North Yorkshire

Scolt Head, Norfolk

Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

Rhossili Beach, Wales

Beadnell Beach, Northumberland

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

And so many more, just come and see.

PS: To Italian and Spanish people, STOP your redneck comments. Believe me, your are not the best and some countries are most famous and beautiful than yours.

Cornwall is absolutely stunning all you british lot fly of to foreign destinations when beautiful cornwall is just on your doorstep!

I was born in England and the only good beach I've been to is brighton

Porthcurno in Cornwall is the best beach in the world.

7 Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

Philippines is the most beautiful country in the world, because its natural beauty is perfect. Visit Her and you will discover its mountainous land gifted with variety of animals and trees ; plus spring of water, like bay, beaches, coral reef shoal inhabited by thousand of marine life species. Philippines is a paradise because its land structure that surrounded by water is unequaled. The only problem is system of the government because the traditional corruption is out of control. These things cover the the natural beauty of the Philippines from the eyes of the world.

Philippines is definitely a heart-warming paradise. Palawan for me overall is the best island among the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. There lies one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, which is the Puerto Princesa Underground River. I have been there and the cave is awesome and exotic. With unique carvings of rocks inside it. Anyone who keeps in touch with nature will no doubt visit it again. The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country that lies near the equator. Hence, the temperature and the characteristics of the beaches around the Philippines are proportion to it. Boracay, Coron Island and Batanes (Northernmost Province of the Philippines south of Taiwan) are the sure win! Compare the Philippines to its different Asian neighbours. China, Taiwan, Laos, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore, what are they? Grasslands and Industrial Plants. And among the few countries in Asia that offer this kind of beauty, the Philippines has it all! It could even sum up against Indonesia and Hainan (China). We ...more

I had a laugh at the idiot below critisizing why Australia is number 1 and how he believes the Philippines reefs make other countries look like fish crap. Haha, what a uneducated tool, ever heard of the Great Barrier Reef, or perhaps the fact Australia has enough beaches that you couldn't visit them all in a lifetime. I went to Australia for a holiday once spent 7 months travelling the coastline, fact is no other country comes close to their beaches

Philippines definitely is the place to be if you are in search of the most pristine beaches in the world. With 7107 islands, you are never far from any sea side adventure. Not only Philippines has the best beaches, her people are also special. English-speaking and naturally friendly Filipinos are always ready to help and welcome you in this paradise of a country they call home.

8 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

America has great beaches, especially in the warmer states. My grandparents live in Florida, so we travel there sometimes. The beaches are beautiful!

Hawaii, California, Florida, Alabama, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands all have amazing and beautiful beaches, and there is a lot of diversity among the beaches. Isolated wilderness beaches, exciting beaches with piers and boardwalks, white-sand beaches, black-sand beaches, beaches with cliffs, beaches with dunes and more. Almost all beaches are public throughout the country, and there is great weather year-round in the tropical parts of the country. In the summer even the colder parts have incredible and scenic sandy beaches. The variety and quantity of beaches is unbeatable.

USA has absolutely beautiful beaches! The surf at all of Americas beaches are phenomenal and smooth. Hawaii has defiantly the best beaches out of all the United States, meaning the best of the world.

The us hasmiles and miles of beaches. from calm mornings in South Carolina or Party nights in Florida. We also have the best beach cities and have made living by the beach a lifestyle

9 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

The beaches in Mexico are fantastic. Best in the world: beautiful sand, crystal clear water, gorgeous sea life; great for relaxing, swimming, water sports, eating and excellent atmosphere. I highly recommend Mexico.

Beyond Cancun, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and all the other famous resort towns, Mexico's got beaches that defy the imagination. They could be in a desert, a tropical rainforest, marshes, cliffs, next to lagoons or even "underground" (Marieta). If you like warm water temperature too, then you're gonna really like Mexico.

Mexico's beaches are all completely unique and beautiful.They are the perfect places to relax or to have fun! Either if you go to a touristic beach or to a little beach, they are absolutely amazing.

Some Mexican beaches can combine beauty and magic Mysticism ancient cultures, and warm water to achieve a perfect relax...

10 Bora Bora

Bora Bora is world-famous for its glinting turquoise lagoon bordered by long coral barriers, dazzlingly white sandy stretches of beach and luxurious resorts.

With such a dreamlike setting, this magical island is, unsurprisingly, a great spot to decompress.

Beautiful beaches in the Pacific Island of Tahiti

Most beautiful beaches on earth

The Contenders
11 Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

Seriously France and... Germany? Above Spain? Whoever wrote this has never been to Spain, or Germany... Spain is the country with more number of blue flag beaches in the world. It should definitely be on the top 3. By the way, is there any 'real beach' in Germany?

Cold water and brown water evrywhere; only in Italy there are the best beaches of the world, for that reason all Spanish, German, Belgium, frecnh, america, Australian, Russian, Asia, arab... Are coming in Italy.

Just here at Hawaii we have more beautiful beaches than Spainand that in a real Ocean: Pacific one, not this ridiculous Mediterranean sea.

Country with more blue flags in the world. Enough said.

12 Fiji Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island.

Best water temperature to swim in.

Very beautiful

13 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

This is well wrong voting Brazil 9th it has tons of beaches for example florinopolis island in south Brazil has 42 beaches on it's own. Brazil also can claim the whitest sand in the world fact maranhao look it up amazing place...

Brazil should be number one! US has nothing, Greece has few, only competition for Brazil is Australia, but even they aren't better

Sharks in Australia? You said? Better a Shark than a white Australian surely more dangerous and ugly like your beaches lol

Australia? Are you kidding me? This must be a joke, right? Brazil should be number 1 hands down... Brazil all the way!

14 Maldives Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island country and archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

Maldives has the best beaches in the whole world. With crystal clear waters and pearly white sand. I don't understand why Maldives has such a low ranking in this, it ought to be at the top!

Well not a question about being large, since this is a small country, but the beaches are marvelous.

Beautiful island with beautiful beaches!

Maldivian beaches have the best coloured sand!

15 Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

Blue sky, white sand, emerald water and very beautiful scenery.

I know that Thailand have beautifull beaches because they have whites sand

White sand, clear water and funny people

Thailand on 13th place? Seriously?

16 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

Germany's North Sea islands are blessed with gloriously long beaches and unique natural surroundings. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea, the islands have a bracing climate that makes them perfect for recreational and active breaks. Fantastic accommodation, top-class cuisine and major sporting events are the icing on the cake.

And also some other ones places in North Sea as well as Baltic Sea.

Germany? For sure, a beautiful beach does not mean necessarily sun and crystal water. Beach means beauty of the beach itself: Landscape, size, sand, rocks, atmosphere, environment, changing sky, climate magnifying sites etc...
For those reasons Germany deserves to be in the top 10, nevertheless the negative comments from always the same kind of people.

Germany top 10? Are you kidding me?

The beaches are cold

17 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world

18 Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages ...read more.

Indonesia is the biggest archipelago country in the world with more than 17500 islands! A lot of beautiful places! It should be top 5 or even number 1

You guys don't know Indonesia man! How can USA beat Indonesia. Search Google: Indonesia beaches.

Indonesia has amazing beaches! I went there and went snorkelling at the beach basically all day.

Indonesia has a very beautiful beach (it must be in the top tens)

19 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. ...read more.

India is a big country. It is surrounded three sides by water. So there are many beaches in india. In has the world second largest beach the marina beach in tamil nadu state capital. Other than marina there are more than 20 beaches in the tamil nadu. Kerala has more than 25 beaches. Karnataka has more than 40 beaches. Andhra pradesh has more than 35 beaches. Goa has more than 15 beaches. Maharasthra has more than 45 beaches. Orissa has more than 25 beaches and gujarat has more than 35 beaches. There are approximately more than 100 beaches in india. All the beaches are nicely maintained by its respective state government and also by the indian government. All the beaches are also popular tourist destination also. So india only has the world nice beaches. Jai hind.

India, Surely one of the best beaches in the world. Why is it not in the top 10.

Because many people love hot days so it's the ideal holiday.

The beaches there are wonderful, especially in Kerala.

20 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon, is an island country in South Asia near south-east India.

The climate is great. If you are a beach person Srilanka would be the best place, they have the best beaches in the world for surfers with golden sand beaches and coral reefs (when I went there a giant tortoise came to beach and we even got to pet it) the beaches in the east of the country are wave less!, whale and dolphin watching are also popular in some seasons

21 Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland is the most mountainous, and least densely populated country in the United Kingdom.
22 South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana ...read more.

South Africa should be one of the top ten they have heaps of clear, clean nice beaches

I have been to many beeches South Africa's are my favourite.

23 Bahamas The Bahamas is an archipelago nation in the Caribbean, located south of the United States and north of Cuba.

I have never seen waters so clear, blue, turquoise and beautiful anywhere else!

If the beaches weren't nice this country would not exist

Best beaches in east region of the world

I love bananas

24 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

If you want crystal blue beaches you have to go Sardinia, its like the Caribbean in Europe. I don't understand how people like beaches with buildings right beside it... Like they do in Spain. You can't relax there with all the traffic noise and people. Beaches are supposed to be away from urban areas. The harder it is to get to the beach the better...

You have not seen any beautiful beaches if you've never seen Sardinia yet.

Sardinia offers a large variety of coastal landscapes, sandy and rocky beaches lapped by sea water with different shades of color. Lot of parts of the coast are still wild and very little crowded

No Ocean in Italy and difficult to find a non private beach, the rest are really dirty sand, rocks and water as well.

Compared to some Ocean areas; it's zero.

You don't go in Italy for beaches but for ruins.

No Ocean in Italy and difficult to find a non private beach, the rest are really dirty sand, rocks and water as well.
Compared to some Ocean areas; it's zero.
You don't go in Italy for beaches but for ruins.

25 Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic is a sovereign state occupying the Eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region.

I go to the beach here and the water is so clear that I can see these transparent fish and everything is so clean! Definitely should too this chart!

Dominican Republic should be number 1, the one that wrote this has never come to the Dominican Republic.

Dominicans Republic have the best beaches... The food there, the beds in the water, the beautiful palm trees and etc. it should be #1.

Stunning beaches with kind people and are all around the country

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