The very best beach in the world? Or is it?
Everyone has a favourite beach. It could be somewhere far from home, a palm fringed beauty on an unspoiled paradise island perhaps. Or it could be right here in Blighty, on a wild stretch of coast where the wind blows and the waves crash. It could be in the most unlikely of places, a hidden gem in an otherwise dreary landscape. A ray of light and hope in an otherwise hostile city. Or it could also be brash and bold, with twinkling lights and Ferris wheels, revelers and sun worshipers.
The point is that âfavouriteâ or âbestâ is always subjective. Everyone has different tastes, and we are no different. My favourite beach, for example, is Derrynane Beach in County Kerry in Ireland. It is a white sand crescent beneath high mountain passes, dotted with huge round granite boulders that create rock pools that are big enough to snorkel in and is lapped by clear blue water and white capped rollers. Even in a storm it is beautiful. But then it is in Ireland and storms are a regular occurrence there. So for those who like it hot, it really wouldnât rate too highly.
Another of my favourites, Bathsheba beach in Barbados is a world away from the wild shores of Kerry â and no less beautiful â but I wouldnât rate it as highly as I do Derrynane. Why? Because I like Ireland and I like wild beaches and mountains and it has something that many other beaches I have visited simply donât have (and I have visited a lot of beaches). OK so it has none of the sand made from crushed coral, the palm trees and the tiny rum shack resonating with the sound of cracking dominoes that Bathsheba has but itâs still a very special place. How would you rate it? I suspect many of you would prefer to be in Barbados than Ireland any day.
So what is the worldâs best beach?
This week Tripadvisor, the peer review website announced its list of the Worldâs Best Beaches as voted for by their users in the websiteâs Travellerâs Choice 2015.
And if you doubted that itâs a valid list, Trip Advisor will remind you that their site is the worldâs largest and that it contains over 200 million reviews. Itâs hard to argue with that.
Of the worldâs beaches reviewed on Trip Advisor, the âworldâs bestâ has been announced as Baia Do Sancho, in Brazil, with over 2,250 5 star reviews. The best in Europe is Rabbit Beach on Sicily. The best UK beach, which ranked 13 in the world chart and 4 in Europe, was Devonâs Woolacombe Beach. Â But are they right?
Let us know what you think! Have they got it right? Have you got a hidden gem for us?
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