Let's face it; the beach that will blow your mind next is most likely the next one you can get to, regardless of where it is.
Here are the top 10 tropical island beaches that will blow your mind, or at least blew ours when we came across them at Lonely Planet.
Ignore the somewhat ignorable name and focus on the impossibly white, soft sand and the nearly 3km of aquamarine waves - but expect to share the sunshine. Cabbage Beach is very popular.
This destination rarely misses out on the "best beaches in the world" awards. But it's also a great beach for boogie boarding and body surfing.
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Generally regarded as the finest beach in Puerto Rico. The tank at the end of the beach is a remnant of days of war games practiced on the island and now a work of art.
Antigua & Barbuda
Green Island Beach
Green Island is out of the way and can only be reached by charter boat. Plan on snorkelling around this island that made it on Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2021 list.
Hanalei Bay Beach
Hanalei has all the trappings: calm waters, mountains as backdrops, white sand, and cearl, cealn water. It's also the location of the Oscar-winning film, The Descendants.
South Ari Atoll,
If a picture tells a thousand words, then a photo of Nalaguraidhoo just keeps saying "paradise" over and over - or possibly "paradise with a price tag" since it is not a budget-friendly destination.
La Digue, Seychelles
Source d'Argent Beach
As if a beach like this needed any enhancement, the pink sand really ups the ante in the picture-perfect postcard stakes.
St John, US Virgin Islands
Not even a day-use fee to access this beach turns people away. But if, for some reason, you find yourself tired of the turquoise waters, hit one of the nearby hiking trails.
The sand here is so fine and white it's like walking on confectioner's sugar. There's no reason to leave it, other than to check out the open-air restaurants and bars nearby
At the Orient less is more - and by that we mean that sun lovers can enjoy the spectactular surroundings without their swimsuits on.
Still want more? Check out our favorite beach destinations here