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 The top beaches — located around the globe — are "determined based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings" over 12 months, according to the site. If their ratings over the past year are any indication, these beaches will be the ideal location for a 2015 getaway.

10. Elafonissi Beach - Elafonissi, Greece


Elafonissi
IMAGE: FLICKR, WALTER VOS

Elafonissi, off the southwestern coast of Crete, is designated a nature reserve. The island greets visitors with clear water & pink sand, although in case you are looking for a warm winter getaway this is not the beach for you. The best times to visit are from late May to early October.

9. Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Islands, Australia

The Whitsundays are a chain of 74 islands off the northeast coast of Australia's Queensland territory; Whitehaven is on the largest island.





Whitsunday

 "The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand of Whitehaven stretch over seven kilometres along Whitsunday Island," according to the local tourism authority — which is, of coursework, necessary to sing the beach's praises. "As soon as you arrive it’s simple to see why it is the most photographed beach in Australia."

TripAdvisor also rated Whitehaven as a "Traveler's Choice" beach in 2014 and 2013

8. Flamenco Beach - Culebra, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has plenty of great (warm) beaches, and Flamenco is of the best. It is not the most convenient to get to, though, since it is on Isla de Culebra. To get there from San Juan, travelers can take a short flight or a ferry.




Flamenco Beach
IMAGE: FLICKR, DAVID COPELAND

"There is no 'good' or 'bad' time to come to Culebra," says Michael Fischer, who has been going to the island since 1990. "The temperature is in the 70 to 90 degree range year round."

7. White Beach - Boracay, Philippines






Boracay
IMAGE: FLICKR, JON RAWLINSON

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines, four.5 miles long and less than a mile wide. In its small area, it packs plenty of activities. There's water sports for the more active traveler, but there also plenty of beaches, like White Beach, that are made for lazing around.

The local tourism organization calls Boracay "a postcard-sized tropical paradise."
Temperatures in the Philippines are warm year round, and the best times to visit Boracay are between December and April. However, in case you need to keep away from the crowds, think about November, February and March.

6. Anse Lazio - Praslin Island, Seychelles

"Stunning," "the best," and "fabulous" are just some of the superlatives that travelers have usedto review Anse Lazio. Lonely Planet called it the best beach on Praslin.





Anse Lazio
IMAGE: FLICKR, THOMAS GEE

The beach has been a favorite for vacationers for decades.

5. Playa de Ses Illetes - Formentera, Spain

This Mediterranean beach is not far from Ibiza, a Spanish location famous for its summer parties.





Ses Illetes
IMAGE: FLICKR, JOSE TELLEZ

Playa de Ses Illetes is on Formentera, an island to the south, can get very crowded on summer afternoons, and it is no surprise why.

The best beach temperatures are from June to October.

4. Playa Paraiso - Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cuba is quickly growing in popularity for Americans as the U.S. moves to warm up the relationship between the countries. The U.S. embargo against the island nation has banned tourism for plenty of years, giving Playa Paraiso the added intrigue of a location long prohibited.





Playa Paraiso
IMAGE: FLICKR, DAWN

"Paraiso" appropriately translates to "paradise," an apt word for a gorgeous beach.

3. Rabbit Beach - Lampedusa, Italy






Rabbit Beach
IMAGE: FLICKR, SIM DAWDLER

 Lampedusa is closer to Tunisia than it is to Italy's mainland.
"It's Spanish, but it is definitely not France," writes Stephen Wood for the Independent. "A minute from the plane and you know that you are in North Africa."

The island is a 45-minute flight — or a nine-hour ferry ride — from Sicily. May to October have the best weather for the beach

2. Grace Bay - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The temperatures at Grace Bay are comfortable year round, averaging the mid-70s from December to March, and getting up to the mid-90s in June, July and August.





Grace Bay
IMAGE: FLICKR, GREG VERDINO

The water temperature is similar, making the Caribbean beach basically perfect.

1. Baia do Sancho - Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

For the best beach in the world for 2015, we head to Brazil, where Baia do Sancho reigns supreme.





Baio do Sancho
IMAGE: FLICKR, ROBERTO FACCENDA

The beach is on the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, which boasts other brilliant beaches that are as appealing in January as they are in July. More so in January, perhaps, if you are in a place that gets the kind of white stuff that is definitely not sand.

As for beaches in the U.S., Florida's Siesta Key Public Beach topped the list for 2015.

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