These Are 2018's Best Beaches in the World, According to Travel Experts

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FlightNetwork tapped 1200 travel experts' opinions for a definitive ranking of the world's most enchanting and exotic shores.

From Iceland's black sand beaches to the glistening Greek isle of Zakynthos and Bali's Jurassic shores, the world is filled with thousands of wanderlust-inducing beaches. 

As the end of the year nears closer, travel site FlightNetwork tapped the wisdom of 1200 travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies from around the world (including Departures' Sean Flynn) to sift through their favorites of the past year and have created a definitive ranking.  


Navagio Beach, Greece; Tadej Zupancic/Getty Images

They scored the beaches on sheer untouched beauty, remoteness, annual days of sunshine, average temperature, and quality of the sand and water.


Whitehaven Beach, Australia; Andrew Watson/Getty Images

The Mediterranean oasis of Navagio Beach, located on the Greek island of Zakynthos, is named the world's best beach for 2018. It is particularly famous for being the site of an exposed shipwreck. The area sports an annual average 275 days of sunshine. According to Flight Network's scoring system, the beach received a perfect 10 for sheer untouched beauty and an eight for both remoteness and sand and water quality.

Coming in at number two is Whitehaven Beach in Australia, number three is El Nido beach in the Philippines


El Nido Beach, Philippines; xavierarnau/Getty Images

Grab your sandals and read on to see which beaches made the top fifty, ranked from fifty to one:

50. Cannon Beach, USA

49. Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

48. Grand Anse, Grenada

47. Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

46. Pianemo, Indonesia

45. Laguna Beach, USA

44. Wineglass Bay, Australia

43. Bai Khem Beach, Vietnam

42. Calanque de Sugiton, France

41. Giant’s Causeway, UK

40. Comporta Beach, Portugal

39. Bowman’s Beach, USA

38. Honopu Beach, USA

37. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico

36. Champagne Beach, Vanuatu

35. Lucky Bay, Australia

34. Cable Beach, Australia

33. Hyams Beach, Australia

32. Camps Bay Beach, South Africa

31. Long Beach, Canada

30. Blinky Beach, Australia

29. Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica

28. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

27. Isla Holbox, Mexico

26. Radhanagar Beach, India

25. Matira Beach, Bora Bora

24. Malmok Beach, Aruba

23. Lanikai Beach, USA

22. Platja de Formentor, Spain

21. Coffee Bay, South Africa

20. Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic

19. Honokalani Beach, USA

18. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

17. Balandra Beach, Mexico

16. Noetzie Beach, South Africa

15. Playa Norte, Mexico

14. Railay Beach, Thailand

13. Anse Lazio, Seychelles

12. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

11. Diani Beach, Kenya

10. Varadero Beach, Cuba

9. Maya Bay, Thailand

8. Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles

7. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

6. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

5. Tulum Beach, Mexico

4. Praia do Sancho, Brazil

3. El Nido Beach, Philippines

2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

1. Navagio Beach, Greece