Back to the beach!

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Beachgoers have spoken!

The 2018 Travelers’ Choice “best beaches in the world” rankings have been announced, and eight of “Top 10 World’s Best Beaches” are just a nonstop or connecting flight away!

Based on the “quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor” over a 12-month period, the Caribbean is well-represented. All the better for Arizona travelers! “Soft sand, clear waters and balmy temperatures are common threads among these Travelers’ Choice award-winning beaches,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.

And even better, great rates are available for the rest of the year!

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So what stretches of sand are on the latest list? Let’s take a look at their locations, and how you can get there from here.

Travelers’ Choice Top 10 World’s Best Beaches [Click here for map]

[SLIDESHOW: The beaches]

  1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos - overnight and very early morning connecting flights
  2. Baia do Sancho, Brazil - currently, no airline offers flights to this destination from Sky Harbor
  3. Varadero Beach, Cuba - no flights to Cuba due to travel restrictions
  4. Eagle Beach, Aruba - overnight connecting flights via east coast
  5. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands - early morning connecting flights through Houston
  6. La Concha Beach, Spain - overnight double connection to San Sebastian
  7. Clearwater Beach, Florida - nonstop and connecting flights to the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater area
  8. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica - overnight connecting flights
  9. Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic - early morning and overnight connecting flights through New York, Atlanta, and various Florida cities
  10. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico - nonstop flight to Cancun Airport

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Off the top of my head, I’d add a couple of Hawaii beaches - Poipu on Kauai and Ka’anapali on Maui specifically - along with additional Cancun-area beaches to this list of the world’s best, and I’m sure you have your favorites, too.

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Have you made your summer vacation or fall break plans yet? Think about adding one or two of these to your list!


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