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National Geographic: 21 Best Beaches in the World

Ask true beach lovers to name a favourite swath of surf and sand, and the answer changes with the tides. Luckily our planet is covered in oceans, seas, and lakes, which means there's a beach to indulge any whim. From pearly crescents covered in shells to turquoise bays teeming with Skittles-coloured fish, they're not all created equal. Here are 21 of the best.
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Playa Del Amor, Mexico
Playa Del Amor, Mexico
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Cathedrals Beach, Ribadeo, Spain
Cathedrals Beach, Ribadeo, Spain
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Anse Source D'Argent, Seychelles
Anse Source D'Argent, Seychelles
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One Foot Island Beach, Cook Islands
One Foot Island Beach, Cook Islands
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Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Sunset Beach, North Carolina
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Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Samloem Island, Cambodia
Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Samloem Island, Cambodia
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Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island, Florida
Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island, Florida
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Shell Beach, Australia
Shell Beach, Australia
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Lyme Regis, England
Lyme Regis, England
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Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach, Oregon
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Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, USA
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, USA
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Noordwijk Beach, the Netherlands
Noordwijk Beach, the Netherlands
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Papakōlea Beach, Hawaii
Papakōlea Beach, Hawaii
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Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
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Pink Sand Beach, Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines
Pink Sand Beach, Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines
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Pelican Beach, South Water Caye, Belize
Pelican Beach, South Water Caye, Belize
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Blue Bay, Mauritius
Blue Bay, Mauritius
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Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao
Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao
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Sleeping Bear Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
Sleeping Bear Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
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Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia
Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia
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Corniche Beach, La Teste-De-Buch, France
Corniche Beach, La Teste-De-Buch, France
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