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CNN:Travelers’ Choice: World’s best beaches



Here's some sand in your face, Baia do Sancho.
 
Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is the world's new No. 1 beach, according to TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice awards.
 
After two years at the top of TripAdvisor's rankings of the world's best beaches, Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, has been edged out by a sweeping crescent of sand on the north shore of the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos.
 
The travel planning and booking site announced winners of its awards for best beaches on Wednesday.
 
Winning beaches were selected based on the quality and quantity of user reviews and ratings of beaches over a year-long period.
 
In addition to its global list of top beaches, TripAdvisor also ranked award-winning beaches for the United States, the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, the South Pacific and Europe.
 
With two and a half miles of white sand, Florida's Clearwater Beach topped the US rankings.
 
In Europe, Playa de Ses Illetes in Formentera, Spain, was the top-ranked beach.
 
Asia's No. 1 beach, according to TripAdvisor reviews, is Ngapali Beach in Myanmar.
 
The top 10 beaches on the global list:
 
 
1. Grace Bay — Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
 
On the north shore of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay is the world's best beach, according to TripAdvisor.
On the north shore of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay is the world's best beach, according to TripAdvisor. 
 
 
2. Baia do Sancho — Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
 
TripAdvisor released its Travelers' Choice rankings for best beaches on February 17. Former No. 1 Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, dropped to No. 2 this year.
Former No. 1 Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, dropped to No. 2 this year.
 
 
3. Playa Paraiso — Cayo Largo, Cuba
 
Cuba's Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo comes in third on this year's list. "A dream come true," says one TripAdvisor user.
Cuba's Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo comes in third on this year's list.
 
 
4. Anse Lazio — Praslin Island, Seychelles
 
Anse Lazio on Praslin Island in the Seychelles gets high marks from one TripAdvisor reviewer for "clean and clear water."
Anse Lazio on Praslin Island in the Seychelles gets high marks for "clean and clear water."
 
 
5. Cayo de Agua — Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
 
Venezuela's Los Roques National Park is home to Cayo de Agua, the No. 5 beach on TripAdvisor's list of the world's best beaches.
Venezuela's Los Roques National Park is home to Cayo de Agua.
 
 
6. Flamenco Beach — Culebra, Puerto Rico
 
In Culebra, Puerto Rico, Flamenco Beach is "top-rated for a reason." We're guessing powdery sand and hypnotizing water have something to do with it.
In Culebra, Puerto Rico, Flamenco Beach is "top-rated for a reason." We're guessing powdery sand and hypnotizing water have something to do with it.
 
 
7. Playa de Ses Illetes — Formentera, Spain
 
Ngapali Beach in Myanmar ranks eighth on the global list and first on TripAdvisor's best beaches of Asia list.
Ngapali Beach in Myanmar ranks eighth on the global list and first on the Asia list.
 
 
8. Ngapali Beach — Ngapali, Myanmar
 
The waters off West Bay Beach in Honduras offer great snorkeling, TripAdvisor reviewers say.
The waters off West Bay Beach in Honduras offer great snorkeling. 
 
 
9. West Bay Beach — Bay Islands, Honduras
 
In the Philippines, Nacpan Beach in El Nido is "totally worth the ride" if you rent a scooter, one visitor says.
In the Philippines, Nacpan Beach in El Nido is "totally worth the ride" if you rent a scooter, one visitor says.
 
 
10. Nacpan Beach — El Nido, Philippines
 
At Maho Beach on Cruz Bay in the U.S. Virgin Islands, turtles are a big draw with TripAdvisor reviewers.
At Maho Beach on Cruz Bay in the U.S. Virgin Islands, turtles are a big draw.