You want beaches? You've come to the right place. Lying off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba's beaches are straight out of the glossiest coffee table brochure. Eagle, Mangel Halto, Santo Largo... take your pick.
Just the name Polynesia evokes Crusoesian images of exotic paradise, of endless sunshine, baby soft sand and impossibly turquoise waters. Bora Bora is one of the group of dots in the Pacific Ocean that is French Polynesia.
Forget Copacabana. Brazil could put forward a few candidates for the world's best beaches, but on the islands of Fernando de Noronh, you'll definitely find the odd place to find an agreeable strip of sand to plonk your towel, like PIg's Bay.
Fethiye attracts its fair share of holidaymakers, and no wonder, with its selection of beaches: Oludeniz with its blue lagoon, Kelebekler Vadisi with its butterflies, pine-fringed Kıdrak and sunset spot Calis among other gems.
The Seychelles are many people's idea of paradise, attracting honeymooners like Kate and Wills to its tropical wonderland. All its islands, from Bird Island to Praslin, have first-rate beaches, but we've gone for La Digue - Anse Source d'Argent is a newlyweds' dream.
Lovers of tubes and 50-foot rollers head to North Shore on Oahu, but the Hawaiian island also attracts beach afficionados to little Lanikai Beach. Go for a paddle and you might find yourself sharing your idyll with turtles.
At the base of steep white cliffs on a hidden side of the Greek island of Zakynthos, lapped by some of the bluest waters you'll ever see, Navagio holds a surprise - a shipwreck - left behind by smugglers fleeing the authorities.
The Philippines don't spring to mind as much as Thailand or Malaysia when thinking of beach perfection, but they should. If you're looking to really, really get away from it all, the Bacuit Archipelago is beachcomber heaven.
Remember The Beach? While these days you'll have to look a little harder to find the utopian paradise of the 1990s cult backpacker novel on Thailand's Andaman coast, little gems still shine brightly on Phi Phi.
Admittedly, there are parts of the White Isle that have been somewhat spoilt, but Ibiza hides away several secret beaches that rank among the best, not only in the Med, but on the planet. Make mine a San Miguel!
Wow! Often voted Australia's best beach, Whitehaven is a little quieter than Bondi when the surf's up. It is just one of many turqouise-and-white beaches on the rainforest-clad Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland.
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Who needs palm trees? A warm jumper may be more appropriate than a bikini for stretching out on the sand at Durness in the far north-west of Scotland. Many would argue that it's not even the best beach in Scotland. It's got some competition: Sandwood Bay in Sutherland, Kiloran Bay on Colonsay, Luskentyre on Harris are three of many.
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