10 Best Tropical Beach Destinations in the World

Chris Phelan

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Who doesn't love a relaxing vacation on a white sand beach? Ever since the advent of traveling, adventurous souls have been searching for the best tropical beach destinations they can find. Recently, an online discussion revolved around this topic – and the result is a definitive list any traveler can use to plan their next dream beach vacation.

1. Kauai, Hawaii

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If you ask anyone who's ever visited Hawaii their island preference, odds are they will respond with, “Kauai.” This smaller Hawaiian island has all of the best characteristics of Hawaii without the headache of dealing with an overwhelming number of tourists. The beaches are incredible, with plenty of hiking opportunities and breathtaking ocean views. 

2. Flamingo Beach, Aruba

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In case you're wondering, the answer is: Yes, Flamingo Beach is home to thousands of pink flamingos! Although it's operated as a private beach as part of a luxury hotel chain, that shouldn't dissuade anyone from visiting. Getting up close and personal with these beautiful creatures is worth it, and it makes for some incredible photo ops!

3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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White sand beaches are all the rage, and Punta Cana is home to plenty that will captivate even the most discerning traveler. Fortunately, most of these beaches are in all-inclusive resorts, which means you'll also be privy to upscale drinks, delicious local cuisine, and jaw-dropping views. 

4. Tulum, Mexico

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In addition to being home to spectacular beaches, Tulum, Mexico, is an enriching experience for most travelers. One person puts it all in perspective for anyone on the fence.

“I keep coming back to Tulum over the years for the insanely beautiful beaches, the peaceful and positive energy, the intimate/bespoke nature of the hotels, and how nothing feels like a big chain/corporation,” one traveler confesses.

5. Nassau, Bahamas

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For most residents of the United States, the Bahamas is the most convenient tropical paradise to visit due to its proximity to most eastern American cities. The Bahamas relies on its tourism industry, but don't let that be a deterrent: the country has perfected the art of rest, relaxation, and fun!

6. Maui, Hawaii

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When it comes to beaches in Hawaii, you can't go wrong. Although more tourist-centric than Kauai, the stunning beaches on the island of Maui are more than enough for millions of visitors annually. From the crystal-clear waters to the sea turtles swimming around you, just a few minutes on Maui will put a smile on anyone's face!

7. Cefalu, Italy

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While Sicily's hidden beachside gem Cefalu used to be a relatively-unknown beach destination, TV shows like The White Lotus have pushed this town into the forefront of the public's mind. So if you're looking for pristine beaches combined with traditional Italian culture, look no further than this highly-regarded seaside village!

8. La Plage de Maui, Tahiti

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For decades, Tahiti has developed a reputation as the ultimate destination for beach lovers, and thankfully the country has done nothing but reinforce that belief! “Tahiti should be high on your list if you like your beaches paired with gourmet French cuisine with Polynesian flair,” says an expert on tropical beaches.

9. Grande Anse, St. Lucia

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The water of St. Lucia nearly manages to overshadow the gorgeous beaches, as countless travelers confess to being blown away by the crystal-clear blue waters. “Visiting Grande Asne is like being in a real-life fairy tale,” says one woman who recently completed a visit to the country.

10. Elbow Beach, Bermuda

 Elbow Beach, Bermuda
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Some beaches are so beautiful that you start planning another visit as soon as your vacation ends! Many travelers constantly daydream about a return trip to Elbow Beach in Bermuda.

“I visited last summer, but I'd go back in a heartbeat,” says one man. “The only negative was that it's an expensive island, but it's just beautiful. The beaches are unlike anything I've ever seen.”

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