World’s Top 50 Best Beaches 2017 – Is Your Favourite Here?

It’s a long time since I’ve travel blogged and it all feels like unfamiliar territory to me at the moment but thankfully, the blogging community is welcoming and there’s room for everyone to dip into a different niche whenever they’re ready. Recently, I was approached by Flight Network and asked to be part of their judging panel for a campaign they’re running about the World’s 50 Best Beaches. I have received no money for this post.

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I was asked to contribute three of my favourites and it really got me thinking. Which beaches do I consider the best in the world? More importantly, why do I consider them the best? It’s all very subjective, and what one person considers special will not necessarily float anyone else’s boat. That’s why it’s always good to check lists like these and see what those who love to travel have said. You can’t always rely on guide books like Lonely Planet as they won’t be written with YOU in mind. For example, someone might say Bora Bora has the world’s best beach, but they’re a brave, single, student with no ties and the world at their feet. If you’re a mother who is always broke, are a full-time carer to an autistic child, in Scotland and two thirds of your family are allergic to everything, this beach is not only out of your reach, it’s depressing to think about because I know I’ll never get there.

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Unfortunately, none of my contributions made the top 50 list. If you’d like to see what did make the top 50 for 2017, you can click this link and find out! There were quite a few surprises on there. However, if you’d like to know what I personally consider to be the three areas with the best beaches in the world, read on.

Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Secluded, wild and pristine powder-white sands. On a summer’s day this is idyllic. In winter, it’s dramatic and breathtaking. The best thing about this beach? It’s in my home country and is just a couple of trains and a ferry away.

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Petra tou Romiou, Paphos, Cyprus

I love this beach so much, it a picture of it made it to the cover of my debut novel and part of the book was set there. This is a shingle beach, and not the most comfortable for walking or sunbathing, but the legend surrounding it more than makes up for that. The fabled birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite has year-round sunshine, crystal-clear water and if you swim around the rock three times, you will apparently meet the love of your life soon after.


It’s been a long time since I visited this beach but it’s one that stuck in my mind because it ticked all the boxes. Beautiful golden sand, aquamarine water, a gorgeous climate and glamorous sunbathers. If I’d been single I might have mentioned the lifeguards… I’ll leave that to your imagination though.

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A full list of the judging panel is available here. What are your favourite beaches?