Australia Falls Out Of Favour As World’s Best Beaches For 2022 Are Revealed
— 25 February 2022

Australia Falls Out Of Favour As World’s Best Beaches For 2022 Are Revealed

— 25 February 2022
Chris Singh
Chris Singh

The idea of world travel may still hang in limbo, but at least we’re getting plenty of material for our never-ending destination bucket list. Travel awards are always best for that, and this week Tripadvisor have stepped up to the podium, announcing the winners of their annual Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards. Most interesting is the absolute fall from grace for Australia, with even Queensland’s Whitehaven Beach – last year’s number one – not even cracking the top 10 for the world’s best beaches.

Instead of heading up to Queensland to relax on the world’s top-rated beach, you’ll now have to hop on over to Turks and Caicos. The archipelago of coral islands, just north of Haiti, is perhaps best defined by Grace Bay Beach which is the primary reason any tourist would typically make the trip. It’s not as accessible as some of the other beaches on the list, but its ascension from #4 last year to the top spot isn’t without reason. Located on Providenciales island, the world-famous beach is the kind of winding palette of smooth white sand and turquoise water that travellers usually think of when they’re after an ‘idyllic’ paradise. Not being framed by an excessive spread of residential buildings also gives it a sense of genuine escape that a lot of other beaches lack.

Cuba slides into the second spot with Varadero Beach while local attention turns to Western Australia to round out the top three. Although not many people actually travel there right now, Exmouth’s Turquoise Bay. Last year, the beach just missed out on the top five. Although most interesting is just how far Whitehaven Beach has fallen, for reasons unknown.

On the worldwide list, Australia only appears once while the remaining top 10 is dotted all over the globe. Brazil is best represented here, with three beaches being listed: Quarta Praia in Morro de Sao Paulo (#4), Bia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha (#7), and Baia dos Golfinhos in Praia da Pipa (#9). Other surprises to keep on that travel bucket list include Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island, India (#6) and Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa, Italy (#10).

Cable Beach in Broome, Australia just misses out on cracking the top 10, coming in eleventh place, while the rest of the top 25 hops around the usual places like Hawaii, Greece, and Spain. The most surprising is actually Japan, with Yonaha Maehama Beach in Miyakojima sliding in at #25.

Western Australia’s Turquoise Bay was named the third best beach in the world and the best in Australia for 2022.

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Although Australia only appears once in the list of the best beaches in the world, the Tripadvisor awards also break down a few region-specific lists. The top 10 beaches in Europe is this year topped by Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa, Italy, while the top 10 beaches in the South Pacific is, of course, led by Turquoise Bay.

Each year Tripadvisor collates these awards based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings on the website, across a 12 month period. For this year, metrics also include the number of “saves” for beaches on Tripadvisor, thought to indicate which beaches travellers are most dreaming about while international travel begins its slow-crawl back to normalcy.

You can check out all three world’s best beaches lists below.

Top 10 Beaches In The World 2022

spiaggia del conigil
Spiaggia dei Conigil in Italy has been named as the 10th best beach in the world, based on TripAdvisor criteria.
  1. Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  2. Varadero Beach, Varadero, Cuba
  3. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Australia
  4. Quarta Praia, Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  5. Eagle Beach, Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba
  6. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
  7. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  8. Trunk Bay Beach, Virgin Islands National Park, US Virgin Islands
  9. Baía dos Golfinhos, Praia da Pipa, Brazil
  10. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Italy

Top 10 Beaches In Europe 2022

world's best beaches - Balos Lagoon in Greece.
Balos Lagoon in Kissamos, Greece is named one of Europe’s best beaches.
  1. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Italy
  2. Praia de Falesia, Olhos de Agua, Portugal
  3. Playa de Muro Beach, Playa de Muro, Spain
  4. Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa, Cyprus
  5. Balos Lagoon, Kissamos, Greece
  6. Kleftiko Beach, Milos, Greece
  7. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides
  8. Bamburgh Beach, Bamburgh, United Kingdom
  9. Sotavento Beach, Costa Calma, Spain
  10. Spiaggia di Cala Rossa, Isola di Favignana, Aegadian Islands

Top 10 Beaches In South Pacific 2022

world's best beaches - Kaiteriteri Beach
Credit: Oliver Weber, Kaiteriteri Beach, New Zealand.
  1. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Australia
  2. Cable Beach, Broome, Australia
  3. Kaiteriteri Beach, Kaiteriteri, New Zealand
  4. Greens Pool, Denmark, Australia
  5. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  6. Emily Bay, Norfolk Island, Australia
  7. Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba, Australia
  8. Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance, Australia
  9. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
  10. Tahunanui Beach, Nelson, New Zealand

You can check out the full series of lists for Tripadvisor’s 2022 Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best Awards at the link below.

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Chris Singh
Chris is a freelance Travel, Food, and Technology writer. He has had work published by The AU Review, Junkee Media and Australian Traveller Media and holds tertiary qualifications in Psychology and Sociology.


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