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Wave Hello to Travellers’ Favourite Beaches for 2022: Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards
Grace Bay Beach Crowned No. 1 on the Planet, Turquoise Bay Takes Top Spot in the South Pacific

AUSTRALIA, February 23, 2022 – Today, Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform, announced the second of its annual Travellers’ Choice® Awards for 2022, the Best of the Best Beaches. Following the company announcing the hottest Destinations for 2022 in January, Tripadvisor is now revealing the Beaches around the world that travellers say are making a splash. Just as Summer comes to an end in Australia, Tripadvisor is sharing a dose of sunshine with its highly-anticipated annual ranking so that our community of travel lovers can guide you to your dream 2022 getaway. 


For many sun seekers, visiting the beach is the reason they go on vacation. Sitting by the ocean with your feet in the sand is the hallmark of relaxation for many of us - especially over the past few years. Now, a recent Tripadvisor sponsored survey revealed that thirty-three percent of Australian travellers will take a beach trip in 2022. If you’re one of the many looking for a relaxing getaway, browse these award-winning beaches along with guidance from fellow travellers on the best ways to experience them to make your pick.  


“We know a perfect day at the beach looks different from one person to the next. Some love classic soft white sand and sunbathing, while others love exploring rocky coves. This list has something for everyone, because it was determined by the millions of different travellers all over the world reviewing their favourite beaches on Tripadvisor throughout 2021. Although last year was still far from ‘normal,’ these are the beaches travellers visited and loved more than any others,” said Christine Maguire, VP, Global Media Business at Tripadvisor. “Whether you’re looking for a trip where you can continue to social distance outdoors, or are comfortable heading to spring break, beaches are the perfect place to be in 2022, and the Travellers’ Choice Awards can guide you to the best ones for you.”


The number one beach on the planet determined by travellers this year is Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos. With over 7,200 reviews to-date (90% of which are 5-bubble), this quintessential Caribbean paradise has travellers raving about its white sand and crystal clear water. If you’re looking to really explore the island, up-level your Grace Bay trip by booking one of travellers’ favourite experiences, 4 Hour Group Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Tour or Parasailing Adventure from Providenciales


In the South Pacific, travellers have crowned a brand new winner for 2022: Turquoise Bay in Exmouth, Australia. The award-winning beach is also ranked as the third best beach in the world! Also making it to the World list is Cable Beach in Broome, Australia that came in at number 11. 


Top 10 Beaches in the South Pacific for 2022

  1. Turquoise Bay - Exmouth, Australia

Traveller tip: “What a tranquil beach, you know why it’s the best in WA, even on a windy day it was still so clear and stunning… Heaps of fish and it’s an easy snorkel, just follow the signs and go to the dedicated swimming areas for safety. It’s an easy drive-in and toilets are here also.” - @joniquelife

2.                   Cable Beach - Broome, Australia 

Traveller tip: “If you’re coming to Broome you’ll have to visit here, it’s a must see spot. Whether just for the sunset, swim, walking a long the beach or a camel ride there is so much to do here. Either spend the day or just 30mins you’ll enjoy it. Even the nearby parks and bars offer great views.” - @Granules2013

3.                   Kaiteriteri Beach - Kaiteriteri, New Zealand

Traveller tip: “Everytime we travel up to Nelson we always spend a few days at this beach…. Big Kaiteriteri has a sheltered cove area, great for sunbathing and shallow waters for the kids to explore but watch out for strong rips. It's a good spot when it gets windy. Little Kaiteriteri is a lot more private and quiet. It has a side step access to go up to the clifftop to get a great view of the beach. Blue penguins can be seen on this side of the beach. Lots of rock pools to explore and possible surf fishing on the south end of this beach.” - @Breeze_NZ

4.                   Greens Pool - Denmark, Australia

Traveller tip: “We have travelled the world and have never seen something so amazing…This is so safe and has an amazing array of fish. Snorkelling is a must! Get there early as parking is a challenge but recent upgrades have helped. Words cannot describe this paradise. Do not skip this place. It’s mind blowing.” - @W9903VNandrewm

5.                   Matira Beach - Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Traveller tip: “Great public beach that is clean and has lots of fish to go snorkelling as well. It is not deep, so great for kids. We went in March and the water was not cold, the water was calm and it was not a lot of people. Very relaxing.” - @cyb72800

6.                   Emily Bay - Norfolk Island, Australia

Traveller tip: “Nice beach for swimming. No waves. Good for snorkelling and families. Change room & toilets there. Plenty of parking. Launching place for glass bottom boats. Be wary not to swim there when stormwater run off is happening.” - @563giselaf

7.                   Mooloolaba Beach - Mooloolaba, Australia

Traveller tip: “Huge beach, lots of space. Water is very clear & warm. Very clean. Well patrolled. Lots of cafes & restaurants close by. Good shower / bathroom facilities. Nice paved walkway with some shading - pleasant place to walk.” - @MissSWact 

8.                   Cape Le Grand National Park - Esperance, Australia

Traveller tip: “Stunning scenery and not too far from Esperance - a good day trip. Lucky Bay was beautiful and had a little coffee van with toasties! Turquoise ocean on a sunny day and a wallaby. Wharton Bay is also delightful. Gorgeous day out from Esperance.” - @JAHAustralia

9.                   Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Island, Australia

Traveller tip: “Sand like powder & crystal clear water! Must do the walk to see the swirling sands and check out the huge lizards!” - @mellaw4221

10.               Tahunanui Beach - Nelson, New Zealand

Traveller tip: “You can take your dog to the back beach (west side) which has a lagoon at low tide. Poo bags are available to use too! Water was super warm. You can kayak, paddle board etc from the east end of the beach” - @NickiJ125


Top 10 Beaches in the World for 2022

  1. Grace Bay Beach - Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
  2. Varadero Beach - Varadero, Cuba
  3. Turquoise Bay - Exmouth, Australia
  4. Quarta Praia - Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  5. Eagle Beach - Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
  6. Radhanagar Beach - Havelock Island, India
  7. Baía do Sancho - Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  8. Trunk Bay Beach - Virgin Islands National Park, U.S. Virgin Islands
  9. Baía dos Golfinhos - Praia da Pipa, Brazil
  10. Spiaggia dei Conigli - Lampedusa, Italy


See all the Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Beach winners for 2022 here:



The Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards honour travellers’ favourite beaches worldwide, based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travellers for beaches, gathered over the 12-month period from January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.