Here Are the 21 Best Beaches In The World According To National Geographic

Being hugged by the ocean on three sides, it’s natural that America would have some of the most breathtaking seaside destinations on Earth. National Geographic has just published a round-up of the best beaches in the world, and six of those coastal gems are right here in the U.S.

These beaches offer everything from pearly sands and tropical flora, to dramatic cliffs and jade-green waves. Check out the most spectacular beaches in the country, and start planning your next seaside escape.

Planning an international beach day? Here are the other 15 beaches that National Geographic calls the best of the best:

  • Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands, Mexico
  • Cathedrals Beach, Ribadeo, Spain
  • Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
  • One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
  • Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Island, Cambodia
  • Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia
  • Lyme Regis, England
  • Noordwjk Beach, The Netherlands
  • Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
  • Pink Beach, Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga, The Philippines
  • Pelican Beach, South Water Caye, Belize
  • Blue Bay, Mauritius
  • Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao
  • Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia
  • Corniche Beach, La Teste-De-Buch, France