It’s spring break, which means that after months of winter weather, you’re probably dreaming of warmer days and hours of sunbathing in a tropical setting.
The travel industry expects a busy year in 2022, with people tired of being locked up during the ongoing pandemic and looking to catch up on lost travel time. A recent TripAdvisor survey found that 37% of US travelers plan to hit the beach sometime this year. Now the online travel review website has a new batch of dream destinations for those hardcore beach goers.
Some of the world’s best beaches top the charts on Tripadvisor’s Best of the Best awards for 2022. The online travel agency ranks destinations each year based on traveler ratings and reviews, and this year’s best beaches in the U.S. highlighted by sunny spots in Hawaii and Florida, while an exotic destination in Turks and Caicos tops the global rankings.
Tripadvisor determined its 2022 awards by measuring the top rated and rated beach destinations on the website between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
In the US, Hapuna Beach in Puako, Hawaii claimed first place in the Tripadvisor rankings, while Siesto Beach in Siesto Key, Florida followed suit in second place.
Casey Brogan, senior communications specialist at Tripadvisor, tells CNBC Make It that Hapuna Beach has somewhat upset this year’s title, and it’s because the website has seen an uptick in tourism to Hawaii.
“A beach in Florida has been number one in the US for the past eight years,” Brogan said. “So for Hawaii to pass it, this is actually the first time Hawaii has the number one beach in the US since 2014.”
Located on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, Hapuna Beach State Park offers the island’s largest white-sand beach – where, depending on the time of year, you can spot migrating whales or spend your time swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling, according to the state tourism website.
The best beach in the world, according to Tripadvisor’s ranking, is Grace Bay Beach, located on the northeast coast of Providenciales, an island in the Turks and Caicos Islands archipelago. Tripadvisor notes on its site that the roughly three-mile beach is “famous for its long stretch of soft white sand and beautiful blue waters”.
Tripadvisor’s Brogan said being stuck indoors during the pandemic has certainly motivated people to explore more of the world as travel restrictions around the world begin to ease.
“I think it’s been a crazy couple of years, of course, so people are really looking for some relaxing getaways,” Brogan said. “I think these are the beaches they will be the most [likely] being on your way to.”
Top 10 Beaches in the US
1. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area in Puako, Hawaii
Sunset at Hapuna Beach State Park in Hawaii, United States
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2. Siesta Beach in Florida Siesta Key
3. Poipu Beach Park in Poipu, Hawaii
4. Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California
5. Kailua Beach Park in Kailua, Hawaii
6. Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia
7. Ruby Beach at Olympic National Park, Washington
Sunset at Ruby Beach in Washington’s Olympic National Park.
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8. Cannon Beach in Cannon Beach, Oregon
9. La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California
10. Ho’okipa Beach Park in Paia, Hawaii
Top 10 beaches in the world
1. Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
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2. Varadero Beach in Varadero, Cuba
3. Turquoise Bay in Exmouth, Australia
4. Quarta Praia in Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
5. Eagle Beach in Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba
Eagle Beach on the island of Aruba
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