Soft white sand, fluorescent blue waters, warm temperatures, perfect sunsets, beautiful sunrises, marine life, cool breezes… these are some of the sights and sounds of the world’s top beaches as proposed by CNN.

Many of these beaches are the locations of established open water swimming events. Like Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim that is held in Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos, and the Body Science Great Australian Swim Series in Whitehaven Beach in Queensland.

1. Grande Anse Beach, La Digue Island, Seychelles
2. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
3. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
4. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
5. Anse de Grande Saline, St. Barths
6. Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island, Bahamas
7. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
8. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti
9. Champagne Beach, Vanuatu
10. Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley, Philippines
11. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
12. Tulum, Mexico
13. Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
14. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
15. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
16. Luskentyre Beach, Scotland
17. Nihiwatu Beach, Sumba, Indonesia
18. Gardner Bay, Espanola Island, Ecuador
19. Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
20. Rarotonga, Cook Islands
21. Juara Beach, Tioman Island, Malaysia
22. Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
23. Crane Beach, Barbados
24. Egremni Beach, Greece
25. Sun Island Beach, Maldives
26. Long Bay, Saint-Martin
27. Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, United States
28. Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe, Thailand
29. Warwick Long Bay, Bermuda
30. Grand Anse, Grenada
31. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba
32. Navagio Beach, Greece
33. Margaret River Beach, Australia
34. Cayo Paraiso, Dominican Republic
35. Balos Beach, Greece
36. Bahia Solano, Colombia
37. West Bay Beach, Roatan, Honduras
38. Karekare, West Auckland, New Zealand
39. Canggu Beach, Bali, Indonesia
40. Dominical Beach, Costa Rica
41. Negril Beach, Jamaica
42. D-Day beaches, Normandy, France
43. Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania
44. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
45. Patnem Beach, Goa, India
46. Natadola Beach, Fiji
47. Placenia Beach, Belize
48. Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
49. Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi, Malaysia
50. Porto da Barra, Salvador, Brazil
51. Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
52. Southwestern Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia
53. Little Corn beaches, Nicaragua
54. Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada
55. Phra Nang Beach, Railay, Thailand
56. Diani Beach, Kenya
57. Abaka Bay, Haiti
58. Akajima, Okinawa, Japan
59. Na’ama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
60. Beidaihe, China
61. Essaouira, Morocco
62. Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
63. Pulau Derawan, Indonesia
64. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman Islands, India
65. Isshiki Beach, Hayama, Japan
66. Skagen Beach, Denmark
67. Belle Mare, Mauritius
68. Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson, New Zealand
69. Los Roques, Venezuela
70. Punalu’u, Hawaii, United States
71. Laughing Bird Caye, Belize
72. Plage de Piémanson, France
73. Venice Beach, California, United States
74. Capo Sant’Andrea, Elba, Italy
75. Oludeniz Beach, Turkey
76. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
77. Vilanculos Beach, Mozambique
78. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
79. Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
80. Cape Maclear, Malawi
81. Las Salinas, Ibiza, Spain
82. La Concha, Spain
83. Ffryes Beach, Antigua
84. Puka Beach, Boracay, Philippines
85. Bandon, Oregon, United States
86. An Bang Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam
87. Arashi Beach, Aruba
88. Byron Bay, Australia
89. Lover’s Beach, Baja California Sur, Mexico
90. Paradise Beach, Rab, Croatia
91. Bottom Bay, Barbados
92. Meads Bay, Anguilla
93. Long Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
94. Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
95. Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
96. Ifaty Beach, Madagascar
97. Coffee Bay, Wild Coast, South Africa
98. Pigeon Point, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
99. Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland
100. Falassarna Beach, Crete, Greece

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