Best Beaches on Earth

Travel + Leisure’s first-ever best beaches survey reveals where to plant your umbrella in the sand, whether you’re looking for seclusion or wildlife viewing.

Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

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Best for Dramatic Landscapes: With a ring of white sand surrounded by mangroves and limestone walls blanketed by dense foliage, it's easy to see why this beach on the Andaman Sea nabbed the No. 3 landscape ranking—and why director Danny Boyle chose it for  cult-favorite The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Best Beaches on Earth

Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Best for Dramatic Landscapes: With a ring of white sand surrounded by mangroves and limestone walls blanketed by dense foliage, it's easy to see why this beach on the Andaman Sea nabbed the No. 3 landscape ranking—and why director Danny Boyle chose it for  cult-favorite The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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