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TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Beaches.

In its second year, the awards recognise more than 322 beaches globally, including top lists for Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and the U.S.

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Australia

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Australia

On average, Travellers’ Choice Beaches on the World list have seen a 166 percent increase year-over-year in share of international search traffic on TripAdvisor for the one month period between January 20 to February 19.

“For those dreading the start of winter, there’s really no better cure than an escape to one of these award-winning beaches,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Even if you can’t go to one of these stunning beaches soon, just looking at the photos will take you away for a moment, until you can plan a trip.”

Whitehaven Beach on the beautiful Whitsunday Island took out the top spot for the best beach in the South Pacific, impressing international travellers so much that it was ranked fifth in the world. Australia’s Turquoise Bay Exmouth and Cable Beach, both in Western Australia, were the other two beaches included in the list of Top 25 Beaches in the World, coming in at number 20 and 22 respectively.

“On behalf of the Whitsundays tourism industry, we are very excited that the Whitehaven Beach has taken out the top award and has been recognised as one of the most best beaches in the world,” said Danial Rochford, chief executive officer of Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL). “I would like to thank all TripAdvisor users who have reviewed and rated Whitehaven Beach, and our local tourism industry for allowing travellers to experience the beauty and magic of Whitsundays whilst preserving this natural wonder at the same time.”

According to a TripAdvisor survey1 of more than 2,200 Australian travellers, beach vacations are extremely popular. Two in three travellers reported having taken a beach holiday in 2013 while in 2014, four in five travellers are planning to go on a beach vacation.

Travellers’ Choice Beaches Award-winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.

Top 25 Beaches in the World:1.       Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

2.       Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

3.       Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

4.       Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy

5.       Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

6.       Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

7.       Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

8.       Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Hawaii

9.       Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales

10.   Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

11.   Playa Paraiso Beach, Cayo Largo, Cuba

12.   Praia dos Carneiros, Tamandare, Brazil

13.   Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil

14.   The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

15.   Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain

16.   Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, United States

17.   Elafonissi  Beach, Elafonissi, Greece

18.   Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Italy

19.   White Beach, Boracay, Philippines

20.   Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Australia

21.   Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles

22.   Cable Beach, Broome, Australia

23.   Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

24.   Camp’s Bay Beach, Camps Bay, South Africa

25.   Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India

Top 10 Beaches in the South Pacific:1.      Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

2.      Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Australia

3.      Cable Beach, Broome, Australia

4.      Maunganui Beach, Maunganui, New Zealand

5.      Shelly Beach, Sydney, Australia

6.      Burleigh Heads Beach, Burleigh Heads, Australia

7.      Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Australia

8.      Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia

9.      Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10.  Piha Beach, Piha, New Zealand

Top 10 Beaches in Australia:

1.      Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, QLD

2.      Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, WA

3.      Cable Beach, Broome, WA

4.      Shelly Beach, Sydney, NSW

5.      Burleigh Heads Beach, Burleigh Heads, QLD

6.      Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, QLD

7.      Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW

8.      Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe, WA

9.      Noosa Main Beach, Noosa, QLD

10.  Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta, QLD

For the complete list of winners from the 2014 Travellers’ Choice Beaches, as well as reviews and candid traveller photos, go to

To see the best hotels for luxury, bargain and more, as honoured in TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels from January, go to

1The survey was conducted with 2,248 travellers in Australia from 14 March to 17 March 2014.

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