Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. (Shutterstock/Marcelo Alex)
Brazil has bagged bragging rights to being home to best beach in the world thanks to Baia do Sancho, which took the top spot on TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice Awards.
The ranking is based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches over a 12-month period.
Baia do Sancho outranked 352 beaches for the top spot and is described by TripAdvisor members as "magical," "extraordinary" and "paradisiac."
The top 10 beaches are distributed throughout the Western part of the world, with the conspicuous absence of any destinations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East or Oceania.
Here are the top 10 beaches 2019 according to TripAdvisor:
1. Baia do Sancho, Brazil
2. Varadero Beach, Cuba
3. Eagle Beach, Aruba
4. La Concha Beach, Spain
5. Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos
6. Clearwater Beach, Florida
7. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Sicily
8. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
9. Playa Norte, Mexico
10. Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica
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