Best Beaches on Earth

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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.

Black Sand Beach, Waianapanapa State Park, Maui, HI

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Best for Dramatic Landscapes: Ranked No. 1 in its category, this protected Hawaiian beach may be small (only a quarter of a mile long), but it makes a big impression because of its black sand and abundance of spiny Hawaiian hala trees.

Best Beaches on Earth

Black Sand Beach, Waianapanapa State Park, Maui, HI

Best for Dramatic Landscapes: Ranked No. 1 in its category, this protected Hawaiian beach may be small (only a quarter of a mile long), but it makes a big impression because of its black sand and abundance of spiny Hawaiian hala trees.

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