World’s best beach is …

World’s best beach is …

Another TripAdvisor list, this one for the best combination of sea and sand. What's your take?
Rabbit Beach in the Med. Not much natural shade. Or space if this photo is anything to go by.

The world’s best beach has been named and, though you may not have heard of it, hundreds have given Rabbit Beach on a remote island in the Mediterranean Sea top marks during TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 awards.

“Caribbean colors, white beach, unique setting. The crystal clear sea makes it difficult to leave,” the travel site said of the beach, which is located on the island of Lampedusa. The island is officially part of Sicily, despite being located more than 100 miles from it.

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The awards are based on feedback from “millions of travelers” over the last 12 months, the site says. This year best hotels and best “hotels for romance” have been awarded, too.

At the time of writing, 346 TripAdvisor reviewers have given Rabbit Beach the top “Excellent” rating, while one voted it “terrible.”

Perhaps that voter prefers Grace Bay on Providenciales, which came in second.

“We have come three times and definitely returning! We recommend highly to those who love white, silica sand with clear, turquoise waters,” wrote one reviewer.

Australia’s Whitehaven Beach, a perennial favorite on “best beaches” lists, came in third. Brazil, Puerto Rico, Spain, Bermuda, Aruba and Wales also had top 10 entries.

Yes, Wales, more often known for its rainy days and baritone male choirs, beat out places in the Pacific, West Indies and Thailand with Swansea’s pretty Rhossili Bay.

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Check to see if your favorite beach is listed below, then share your thoughts in the comments sction.

World’s best beaches according to TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice 2013 awards

  1. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
  2. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
  3. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
  4. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  5. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
  6. Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain
  7. Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil
  8. Horseshoe Bay Beach, Southampton Parish, Bermuda
  9. Eagle Beach, Aruba
  10. Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales
  11. Playa Paraiso Beach, Cayo Largo, Cuba
  12. Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
  13. Chesterman Beach, Tofino, Canada
  14. Playa del Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
  15. Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, United States
  16. Siesta Key Public Beach, Sarasota, Florida, United States
  17. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
  18. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pensacola, Florida, United States
  19. Turquoise Bay Exmouth, Exmouth, Australia
  20. Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde, Florida, United States
  21. Akumal Beach, Akumal, Mexico
  22. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
  23. Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Grand Cayman
  24. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
  25. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, England
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