Best Beaches in the World 2016

From the endless white sands of remote Australian beaches to palm fringed tropical idylls we have compiled (with your help) the finest beaches on Earth. Whilst some might argue there is a fair and accurate way of ranking the World's best beaches into some kind of order we have chosen our very own system. Basically, as far as we are concerned, the more mentions of words and phrases such as crystalline, azure, fine sand, turquoise, pristine, etc, the better!

But it doesn't stop there. We have left the final decision up to you, the users of Super Cool Beaches. You too can rate every beach we have listed on the website with our infallible, patented five star rating system. So you can forget your Blue Flag awards, Trip-Advisor polls and whatever else you might have read on the internet. If you want to know which is the finest, greatest and downright coolest beach on the planet, look no further!

If you want to check out more fantastic beaches around the world have a look at our list of the 100 best beaches in the World.

Top 10 beaches on Earth

  • Benagil Beach // Portugal

    Benagil beach cave, Algarve, Portugal Sven Grüne

    Like many others on the Algarve, Benagil was a small fishing village. Unlike many others Benagil has managed to retain some of its charm and a little of its industry.

  • Reynisfjara beach // Iceland

    Reynisfjara beach, Iceland Felix Lipov

    Reynisfjara is one of Iceland's most iconic and spectacular beaches. Located around 2 hours from the capital Reykjavik, Reynisfjara is near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast.

  • Anse Source d’Argent // Seychelles

    Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles Iakov Kalinin / 123RF

    Located in the North of La Digue island is Anse Source d’Argent beach, a little slice of tropical paradise. Powdery white sand is offset by towering granite boulders worn smooth by the passage of time. Palm trees sway gently in the breeze and the water is clear and blue.

  • Anse Lazio // Seychelles

    Anse Lazio, Seychelles Iakov Kalinin / 123RF

    Anse Lazio in the Seychelles is the archetypal tropical beach that sets the standard for all others.

  • Agua Blanca Beach // Spain

    Agua Blanca beach, Ibiza lunamarina / CanStockPhoto

    The often quiet, secluded Agua Blanca beach is a far cry from the resort towns on the south of the island. This long beach of fine sand gets its name (meaning "white water") from the white horse's that frequently crest the waves on choppy days.

  • Egremni Beach // Greece

    Egremni beach, Lefkada, Greece Milan Baloun / 123RF

    There is little doubt that Egremni beach is one of the finest on the island of Lefkada, which by default makes it one of the best in Greece. It is a beautiful spot with the long white sand beach backed by high limestone cliffs.

  • Akajima Beach // Japan

    Akajima beach - Okinawa JordyMeow / <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0">CC BY</a>

    Akajima, pronounced Akashima, is an island forming part of the Kerama Islands group in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture. Nicknamed "Aka", this is a popular holiday destination from both Okinawa and the mainland.

  • Breidavik Beach // Iceland

    Breidavik beach Danilo Forcellini

    The pretty little settlement of Breiðavík is located just around the corner from Iceland's (and Europe's) most westerly point, Látrabjarg.

  • Cala Goloritze // Italy

    Cala Goloritze, Itlay Yesuitus2001 / <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en">CC BY</a>

    Perhaps one of Italy’s most iconic beaches, Cala Goloritzè is beautifully positioned at the base of a ravine on the north eastern coast of Sardinia. As with other beaches in the vicinity, the water here is a brilliant azure blue and crystal clear whilst the beach is bleached white by the sun.

  • El Castillo // Mexico

    El Castillo Beach, Tulum, Mexico

    The beach at Tulum is pretty much your standard Caribbean coast beach; crystal clear turquoise waters, soft white sand and low limestone cliffs draped in tropical vegetation. However, the beach at El Castillo can do even better than this.