TripAdvisor has released its 2017 list of the best beaches in the world and it’s full of the things that daydreams are made of.

The top honour of the Travelers’ Choice awards for 2017 is Brazil’s Baia do Sancho and this is the third time the picturesque beach has captured the top title.

Baia do Sancho is celebrated for its stunning cliffs, reclusiveness and surfer and snorkeler-filled turquoise water. Perhaps the greatest appeal of the beach is that it requires a little bit of effort to access (both offering a sense of discovery and making it all the more worth it when you arrive): beach-goers must descend a tall, steep staircase that’s wedged in between two rocks to arrive at the sand.

Image: Planet Den

Image: Planet Den

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001, the area is known for having the largest concentration of tropical seabirds in the Western Atlantic. Furthermore, its waters are important for the breeding and feeding of sharks, tuna and marine mammals. The region is also home to Dolphin Bay, the world’s only place to house such a large population of resident dolphins.

The winners were based on reviews and ratings collected in a single year from TripAdvisor users worldwide.

If you’re in the market for a little travel inspiration, you may want to consider these 10 beaches:

  1. Baia do Sancho, Brazil
  2. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
  3. Eagle Beach, Aruba
  4. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba
  5. Siesta Beach, Florida, USA
  6. La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain
  7. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres
  8. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
  9. Elafonissi Beach, Greece
  10. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India

Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach

Grace Bay. Image: Turks and Caicos Islands

Grace Bay. Image: Turks and Caicos Islands

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You can view all 343 winners of the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for beaches here (and start planning the first to check off your travel bucket list).

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