The World’s 13 Best Beaches

Whether you’re planning your next incentive meeting or just looking for inspiration for your next vacation, we’ve rounded up these can’t-miss beaches, perfect for lounging and learning. Located from Norway to the Bahamas, each of the beaches is unique and stimulating. Read on, imagining yourself with a pina colada in hand and your toes in the sand. How else would you make it through Mondays?

Best Beaches in the Caribbean

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos is home to a stunning barrier reef 1 mile off shore, which keeps the water warm for swimming and provides for plush sands, void of rocks, seaweed and pollution. Adventure-seekers can take a short boat ride to the barrier reef just minutes away, and dive in. With sunny skies almost year-round, this island opens its welcoming arms to vacationers with dreamy sands and crystal-clear waters.

Grace Bay Club can help you plan your incentive meeting or event from start to finish with resort-wide Wi-Fi and audiovisual equipment, as well as planning and catering staffs. Whether you want a post-meeting cocktail party or a private dinner, Grace Bay can provide anything your meeting needs.

Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

This beach is what you imagine when someone says “picture-perfect.” Photo-ready pink sandy beaches and mellow waters are protected by an offshore coral reef. The sand’s color comes from pink shells of microscopic Foraminifera insects. The light coral sand provides a striking combination with the ocean’s turquoise clear waters. Don’t miss out on a sunrise and sunset with colors that are unlike anything else you’ll see in your lifetime.

Pig Beach, Bahamas

Pig Beach is a part of Exumas, a chain of 300 mostly uninhabited islands renowned for their euphoric beaches, world-class diving and luxurious resorts. The shore is reached by speed or sailboat. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by swaying palms, fresh white sands and some very cuddly friends. Pig Beach really does live up to its name, as it’s the only place on the planet where you swim alongside wild pigs. They are friendly and love participating in selfies. If Pig Beach looks familiar, it’s because you saw it on The Bachelor.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club is host to several parties, dinners and celebrations year-round and could be the ideal place for your next incentive meeting.

Best Beaches in the Mediterranean

Navagio Beach, Greece 

This place will dazzle your tropical dreams into reality as blue and white beauty blend to create a shipwrecked oasis on Zakynthos Island. The light-blue waters and imposing cliffs provide tremendous photo opps for travelers. The shipwrecked Freightliner MV Panagiotis, washed up on the gravel beach, helps you feel like you’ve landed in Pirates of the Caribbean (even though you’re in the Mediterranean).  Don’t forget to take in the #views as you travel to the beach by sea.

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Ionian Star Hotel, located 8 miles from Navagio Beach offers stunning facilities, including a pool, restaurant/bar, and space that can be rented for an event. The lights and stars at night provide an evening ambiance that shouldn’t be missed.

Elafonissi Beach, Greece

Elafonissi Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches that the Mediterranean has to offer. Its fine, coral-pink sand, clear turquoise water and sand dunes provide a landscape that is unusual for the Mediterranean. Elafonisi is an environmentally protected area, so in between sunbathing and swimming in shallow lagoons, you’ll also have the chance to see endangered turtles and other rare animals that use the beach as their nesting spot.

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Best Beach in Australia

Whitehaven Beach

This remote beach can only be accessed by helicopter, or seaplane. The sand is made of 98 percent silica, which makes it some of the whitest sand on earth. Situated on Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands, with a climate that’s almost always sunny and 75 degrees, this is a heaven on earth that you have to see to believe.

Shingley Beach Resort can host events for up to 100.

Best Beach in Africa

Boulders Beach, South Africa

Nowhere else in the world can you find pint-sized penguins on a beach. Throw in plush white sands, granite boulders and warm waters for a can’t-miss beach experience. In Boulders Beach, in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa, a tropical day is anything but ordinary. The deep-blue waters stay protected and calm, hidden among the granite boulders so that your swim is peaceful and serene. As a national landmark, Boulders Beach and its penguin inhabitants remain pristine. Photo opps abound.

Best Beaches in Central and South America

Hidden Beach, Mexico

Imagine a beach completely tucked away inside a cave, with a cavernous opening in the roof to let the perfect amount of sunlight enter; you just imagined Mexico’s Hidden Beach. The only way to reach the golden sand at Hidden Beach is to jump off a boat and swim or kayak through a tunnel to shore. With only a few visitors allowed on the beach at one time, you will get to experience the lush beauty (almost) all by yourself.

Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach is the show-stopper of the Cayman Islands, with fine coral sand, warm turquoise water and rows of gently swaying palms. There are plenty of chances to swim, snorkel and soak in the sun while you sink your body into the soft white sand. Add in luxurious beachfront villas, mouth-watering gourmet eateries and stylish sunset bars, and your vacation here is indeed paradise, with a side of comfort, decadence and luxury.

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach and Resort provides 9,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Best Beaches in South Pacific

Maya Bay, Thailand

Maya Beach features silky white sands, and is surrounded by towering bright green cliffs and vivid coral. Travelers can take a private boat trip, snorkel in aquamarine waters or stretch out on pillow-like sand while they work on their tan in the usual 10 hours of sunshine each day. Maya Beach in Koh Phi Phi Le Thailand is one of the most stunning and accessible islands in the world; get your passport out and go see it for yourself.

El Nido, Philippines

Imagine a beach that has it all—gorgeous turquoise lagoons under towering cliff walls and sprawling white sand beaches. El Nido in the Philippines has everything you could want—astounding views, remote terrain and near tasty restaurants and beachfront bars. Take a boat ride around the rock formations and explore the culture of the neighboring town. Let these photos speak for themselves about why this beach can’t be missed.

Amanpaulo can accommodate events for up to 200 people in indoor and outdoor spaces.

Best Beaches in Europe

Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

Reynisfjara Beach is arguably the most unique beach destination on this list. Reynisfjara is in Iceland, and is adorned with black sand made from lava. This mystical beach is home to scattered cliffs and natural landmarks like Reynisdrangar (towering basalt sea stacks) as well as enormous cave mouths akin to the fantasies you see in movies. Its stunning visuals made it a prominent filming destination for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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Fosshotel Helka can host your next event or meeting, with local produce delivered by local farmers and cooked by highly experienced chefs. Eldgja is the main conference and meeting room, and Faxi restaurant is ideal for luncheons.

Vaeroy Beach, Norway

Vaeroy is magic —even if you can’t pronounce it properly. The remote location, staggering cliffs, vast mountains and striking, still water makes this a beach unlike any you’ve ever seen. Vaeory brings the best of both worlds together. There, you can experience the landscape, terrain and refreshing emerald waters of Norway, and it’s near an inviting, homey town that offers delicious Norwegian cuisine and warm coffee.