Globe-trotting beach bunnies looking for the best sands and surf might want to consider the latest findings from TripAdvisor® , the world's largest travel site, which just announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers' Choice Beaches Awards.
Based entirely on feedback from millions of TripAdvisor travelers, 276 winning beaches were chosen from around the world. The dedicated lists highlight travelers' favorite beaches in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Middle East, the U.S. and more.
So if you're planning a winter escape to the seashore, here's the places in the sun that Trip Advisor claims are the best:
Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.:
- Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii
- Siesta Key Public Beach, Sarasota, Florida
- Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pensacola, Florida
- Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde, Florida
- Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Hawaii
- Wailea Beach, Wailea, Hawaii
- Assateague Beach, Assateague Island, Virginia
- La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California
- Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California
- Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Hawaii
Top 10 Beaches in the World:
- Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
- Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
- Whitehaven Beach, Airlie Beach, Australia
- Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
- Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
- Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain
- Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil
- Horseshoe Bay Beach, Southampton Parish, Bermuda
- Eagle Beach, Aruba
- Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales
For the complete list of winners from the 2013 Travelers' Choice Beaches Awards, more reviewsand candid traveler photos, go www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches.
To see the best hotels for luxury, service and more, as honored in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards for Hotels from January, go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels.