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World's Best Beaches, As Picked By TripAdvisor (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/ 8/2012 7:15 am   Updated: 03/ 8/2012 7:15 am

TripAdvisor released its list of the world's best beaches, numbers 25 through 1.

The list -- culled together by millions of readers' reviews -- reads as a veritable who's who (or what's where) of beaches around the world. Obvious picks like Cabo San Lucas and Honolulu are joined by lesser-known Marsa Alam in Egypt and the slightly less glam Myrtle Beach, S.C. The top destinations skew heavily towards America, with 8 of the 25 being on our shores.

In a press release, TripAdvisor's CMO Barbara Messing said: “Travelers seeking a brief beach respite from the cold or planning their grand summer getaways will quickly warm up to the thought of trips to these award-winning beach destinations, as identified by TripAdvisor’s community of millions of travelers."

So how does this list hold up against, say, the best nude beaches the most colorful beaches, the most secluded beaches or even the best artificial beaches?

You be the judge. If you think TripAdvisor missed one, add your pick in the slideshow below.

All photos courtesy of TripAdvisor.

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  • #25 Puerto Alcudia, Spain

  • #24 Icmeler, Turkey

  • #23 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • #22 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

  • #21 Marsa Alam, Egypt

  • #20 Cayo Coco, Cuba

  • #19 Lahaina, Hawaii

    <em>Previous versions of this photo identified as Lahaina were, in fact, of Honuloa and Napili Bays. The photo has been corrected. We regret the error.</em>

  • #18 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • #17 Daytona Beach, Florida

  • #16 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

  • #15 Honolulu, Hawaii

  • #14 Oludeniz, Turkey

  • #13 Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • #12 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

  • #11 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  • #10 Varadero, Cuba

  • #9 Miami/Miami Beach, Florida

  • #8 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • #7 Cancun, Mexico

  • #6 Boracay, Philippines

  • #5 Saint Pete Beach, Florida

  • #4 Negril, Jamaica

  • #3 Tulum, Mexico

  • #2 Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba

  • #1 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

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  • Addition to World's Best 25 Beaches List

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/RatherBeDancing"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/2026460.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/RatherBeDancing">RatherBeDancing</a>:<br />Muro, Mallorca

  • Playa Flamenco

  • Saint George Island, Florida

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/gamersdad"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/gamersdad">gamersdad</a>:<br />Often chosen as one of the top 10 US beaches, Saint George Island, a barrier island off the panhandle coast of Florida is an exclusive family vacation paradise.

  • Santa Marta Island, Colombia

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/safreas"></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/safreas">safreas</a>:<br />Extraordinary Caribbean beach off the coast of Cartagena Colombia

  • White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/sunlion333"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/sunlion333">sunlion333</a>:<br />White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, BVI Home of the Soggy Dollar Bar and the "Pain Killah"

  • Wailea Beach Maui, Hawaii

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/thebestbeach"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1760026-tiny.png?20110527181011" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/thebestbeach">thebestbeach</a>:<br />Wailea Beach on Maui is in my opinion one of the best beaches on earth. It isn't the remotest, but for a combination of activities, amenities, and beauty it can't be beat.

  • Hanalei Bay, Kauai

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jfromson"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/355880-tiny.png?20080919162113" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jfromson">jfromson</a>:<br />Hanalei Bay, Kauai

  • Nantasket Beach, Hull, Massachusetts

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/stylshdvchc8mln"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/aol_profile_img/2903564.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/stylshdvchc8mln">stylshdvchc8mln</a>:<br />

  • Revere Beach, Revere, Massachusetts

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/stylshdvchc8mln"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/aol_profile_img/2903564.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/stylshdvchc8mln">stylshdvchc8mln</a>:<br />

  • Treasure Cay Beach, Abaco, Bahamas

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ray606"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ray606">ray606</a>:<br />over 3 miles of pure white sand and crystal clear water for as far as you can see - and practically deserted.

  • Treasure Cay Beach, Bahamas

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Heidi333"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/2006183-tiny.png?20110729103417" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Heidi333">Heidi333</a>:<br />Absolutely the most beautiful beach in the World. National Geographic named it one of the top 10 in the world

  • Kam III, Kihei, Maui Hawaii

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Brad_Starks"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/715856495/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Brad_Starks">Brad Starks</a>:<br />Located on the south side of the island of Maui, this gem of a beach is a popular spot for sunbathers and couples alike to see some of the best sunsets ever!

  • Cabo Frio, Buzios - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

    one of the most beautiful beaches of the world with white sands

  • St. George Island Florida (The Forgotten Coast)

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/PWTropicalFL"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/PWTropicalFL">PWTropicalFL</a>:<br />This is St. George Island Floridas Recreational Park in an area known as Floridas Forgotten Coast. Sugar white sands, beautiful waters, beautiful sunset and sun rises, beautiful people and the island has beautiful rental homes along the island is restaurants and bars, shoppes, small grocery and gas store and there is plenty of recreational activities! oh and the seafood is fantastic. Just accross the bay is a historic town known as Apalachicola Florida; known for it's historic homes and market streets. Hope ya'll enjoy Florida ;-) I think this is #1

  • Ocean Park, Puerto Rico

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rmarazzi"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rmarazzi">rmarazzi</a>:<br />Warm and gorgeous!

  • Roatan, Honduras Beach

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bee34d"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1670784974/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bee34d">bee34d</a>:<br />Roatan Honduras has some of the best beaches its Beautiful Love it!!

  • Presque Isle Peninsula Beach, Erie, PA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Ciaron1985"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Ciaron1985">Ciaron1985</a>:<br />Presque Isle Peninsula Beach, Erie, PA - beautiful beaches, especially during July and August with amazingly colorful sunsets!

  • Best Beaches

    Sunset Beach, North Carolina

  • Grand Anse Beach

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/sp1ceangel"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/sp1ceangel">sp1ceangel</a>:<br />Grenada, West Indies

  • La Parguera, Puerto Rico Bioluminescent Bay

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mkahlsen70"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mkahlsen70">mkahlsen70</a>:<br />La Parguera, Lajas, Puerto Rico Bioluminescent Bay When harmless microorganisms (dynoflagellates)in the water are agitated, they "glow". This is one of three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico.

  • Aninuan Beach, Mindoro, Philippines

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jss1490"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/1797963.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jss1490">jss1490</a>:<br />Aninuan Beach, Mindoro, Philippines

  • Venice Beach, Florida

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/captmikewilson"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1323048839/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/captmikewilson">captmikewilson</a>:<br />Venice Beach, Florida

  • Coron Palawan, Philippines

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/testmail1023"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/testmail1023">testmail1023</a>:<br />

  • Mead's Bay Anguilla, BWI

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jean_MacKinnon"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/714780919/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jean_MacKinnon">Jean MacKinnon</a>:<br />Best Beach, best restaurants, and best hotels in the world. Nothing else can compare :)

  • Sunset Beach, Oahu

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Ruthie_Parsons"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1623468020/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Ruthie_Parsons">Ruthie Parsons</a>:<br />Bonsai

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