Travel and Leisure — April 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

World’s Best White Sand Beaches

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At one point in time, everyone has dreamed of visiting a white sandy beach. These seashores are idyllic to the beach culture to promote escapism from the daily grind and responsibilities. Instead of staring at your 2014 tropical beach calendar, wishing you were actually there, see these beaches below. Get ready to book your next trip to one of the world’s best white sand beaches.

Bora Bora, Tahiti
French Polynesia has a plethora of white sand to go around Bora Bora Island. In fact, a golden or black grain of sand is near impossible to find. The highly visible water makes this for a perfect snorkel, dive or swim with the stingray destination. The aquatic-centric luxury resorts also capture the hearts of international tourists, but they usually come for the beaches. And the sand does not get any whiter than Bora Bora.

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
This half-mile long beach features the ideal Hawaiian beach: white sand, palm trees, aqua-green waters and endless sunshine. The waters are protected by a local reef, which creates calm surf. In the distance are two mountain-peaks, which protrude from the water giving the horizon a postcard view.

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IslandLeigh / iStock / thinkstock.com

Whitsunday Islands, Australia
When traveling throughout Queensland, visit the Whitsunday Islands. From secluded White Haven Beach to picturesque Tongue Point, the Whitsundays are drenched in white sand. The intermingling of white shoreline with aqua-blue waters creates an artistic coffee-art effect. The weather is amazing and are some of the most pristine beaches in the world.

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Tanya Puntti / iStock / thinkstock.com

Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
For a secluded Caribbean experience, Grace Bay Beach is one of the best destinations. This 12-mile white sand beach has been rated in the “Top 10 Best in the World” from Conde Nast magazine. The powder-soft white sand welcomes tourists to sunbath, snorkel or swim. It is possible to see starfish from the shorelines and is a beginner-friendly snorkel destination.

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Aleksei Potov / iStock / thinkstock.com

Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar, Africa
Typically, when thinking about Africa one thinks of lions, elephants and giraffes. If in search for the perfect white-sand beach, Zanzibar has plenty of white grains along the seaside. Nungwi is reputable as the best white sand beach in Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a popular African beach destination for tranquility, adventure and post-card perfect views. Snap a picture of the seaside docked fishing boats, scuba the local reefs and party at night with the locals—anything goes in Zanzibar.

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ppart / iStock / thinkstock.com

Seychelles
Located off the African coast, are the Seychelles Islands. Besides the powdery white sand, Seychelles is the perfect nature-lovers destinations. It is possible to run into a giant tortoise bathing on the shoreline or watch tropical birds perch on the trees. For a primitive, yet sandy, experience Seychelles are perfect for eco-loving travelers.

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Fingerszz / iStock / thinkstock.com

Las Islas Cies Beach, Galicia, Spain
When in Spain, visit Last Islas Cies. Unlike other Mediterranean Beach, this destination is an archipelago of three islands on shorelines of northwest Spain. To get to Las Isles Cies, take a 40-minute boat ride from Vigo, Cangas or Baiona. Visitors explore seclusion, water sports and of course, the white sand.

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carusi83 / iStock / thinkstock.com

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