The World’s Best Beaches – What Do You Need to Visit Them?

Is your passport ready to visit the world's best beaches?

We’re not the only ones with beaches on the brain this month — TripAdvisor has just released their annual list of the world’s best beaches. If you want to visit all 25 beaches on their list, you are going to need a passport with a LOT of blank pages! Today, we’re going to take a close look at the passport and visa requirements to visit each of the world’s best beaches.

Grab your passport and your sunscreen, and let’s go!

The World’s Best Beaches You Can Visit Without a Passport

This year’s list of the world’s best beaches doesn’t include many options that US citizens can visit without a passport. In fact, there are only two!

  • #5, Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida. No passport required for Florida! If you are flying to Siesta Key — only a 20-minute drive from Sarasota-Bradenton Airport — you will need to have valid ID to board your flight.
  • #13, Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico. That’s right, you can go to Puerto Rico without a passport. As a US territory, all you need is valid photo ID if you are flying directly to Puerto Rico.

Top Beaches You Can Visit With Just a Valid Passport

Good news, fellow citizens! The majority of the beaches on TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s best beaches are in places US citizens can visit with just a valid passport.

Your passport will need to be signed, in good condition, and have at least one blank page marked “visas” for every country you will visit.

  • #2, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your stay.
  • Eagle Beach in Aruba#3, Eagle Beach, Aruba. Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your visit to Aruba.
  • #6, La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain. Your passport must be valid for three months past the end of your trip; six months is recommended.
  • #7, Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Your passport must be valid for six months past the end of your stay in Mexico.
  • #9, Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece. Your passport should be valid for six months past the end of your stay.
  • #10, Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for six months past the end of your trip to Ecuador.
  • #11, Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles. Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your stay. You’ll be granted a visitor’s permit when you arrive, but you must be able to show proof of your accommodations and return air ticket, and evidence you have enough money to support yourself during your stay.
  • #12, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your visit.
  • #14, Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your stay. You’ll purchase a Tourist Card for $10 when you arrive.
  • #15, Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica. Your passport must be valid at the time of entry to Jamaica.
  • #16, Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile. Your passport must be valid for the full time you will be in Chile.
  • #18, La Cote des Basques, Biarritz, France. Your passport must be valid for three months past your departure from Europe.
  • #19, Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus. Your passport should be valid for six months past the end of your trip, and you’ll need two blank pages for your entry stamp.
  • #20, West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras. Your passport must have at least six months validity past the end of your stay in Honduras.
  • #21, Camp’s Bay Beach, Camp’s Bay, South Africa. Your passport must have at least 30 days validity remaining when you enter. You also must have two blank visa pages side by side in your passport.
  • #23, Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica. Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your stay.
  • #24, White Beach, Boracay, Aklan Province, Philippines. Your passport must be valid at the time of entry. That’s it!

Elafonissi Beach in Greece

You’ll Need a Visa for Some of the World’s Best Beaches

You may have noticed that we haven’t yet listed the number one best beach in the world. That’s because you are going to need a visa if you want to visit this year’s reigning #1 beach!

  • #1, Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. US citizens must get a visa in advance to visit Brazil. The good news is that your visa will be valid for 10 years with multiple entries, so if you fall in love with Baia do Sancho, you can go back as often as you like!
  • Playa Paraiso in Cuba#4, Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba. Yes, US citizens can visit Cuba now! You aren’t allowed to visit for straight tourism, but you are allowed to visit family, go for educational or humanitarian purposes, or participate in a people-to-people exchange. And if you happen to take a trip to Playa Paraiso in between your Spanish lessons… that’s OK. US citizens will need a kind of visa called a “Tourist Card.” If you are flying on a commercial airline like Delta or United, you’ll be able to get your tourist card through them either at the airport or in advance.
  • #8, Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. US citizens need visas to travel to India. If you plan to visit the undeveloped parts of the Andaman Islands, you’ll also need a special permit. Special permits aren’t required for the tourist areas like Radhanagar Beach, though.
  • #17, Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia. US citizens will need to get an electronic visa called an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before travel. These are issued online, and you’ll need to carry a printout with you when you go to Australia.
  • #22, Praia de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Cape Verde. US citizens need to have a tourist visa to enter Cabo Verde (Cape Verde). These are issued at the Embassy of Cabo Verde in Washington, as well as the Consulate of Cabo Verde in Massachusetts.
  • #25, Ngapali Beach, Ngapali, Myanmar. You’ll need a visa for Myanmar to visit Ngapali! Myanmar visas can be issued as stickers in your passport or as eVisas.

Which of these beaches would you most like to visit? Have you already been to any of them? Tell us in the comments!




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