Instagram is one of the modern world’s most popular social networking services. People across the world share photos and videos of things they love and places they visit through this application. It is thus one of the best tools to judge the popularity of tourist destinations. Following is a list of the most Instagrammed beaches in the world as provided by TravelSupermarket based on the number of hashtags associated with these top beaches. However, there is no reason to think that there are no other fantastic beaches in the world than those mentioned on Instagram. Many are left to be explored and yet to become popular.
10. Playa Paraiso Beach, Mexico
The world’s 10th most Instagrammed beach, the Playa Paraiso Beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico lives up to its name as “Paraiso” means paradise. Its white sands and turquoise waters attract tourists from all corners of the world.
9. Ao Nang Beach, Thailand
A small resort town in Thailand, Ao Nang has one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Ao Nang is located in the Krabi province of Thailand. Tourists can enjoy sunbathing, scuba diving, boating, swimming, rock climbing, and other activities while in Ao Nang.
8. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
The Harbor Island in the Bahamas is popular for its Pink Sands Beach. It is a place where people go to enjoy the natural beauty and elegant resorts. The pink sand of the beach on the island is also very popular among tourists. The warm ocean is perfect for swimming. The Pink Sands Beach is thus the eighth most Instagrammed beach in the world.
7. Bournemouth Beach, England, UK
Bournemouth is one of England’s most famous destinations for those seeking to enjoy the fresh sea breeze. This coastal resort town is located on England’s south coast. The cliff-lined Bournemouth Beach is one of the most stunning coastlines in the continent. Many festivals and events are held there throughout the year. The bay in Bournemouth has some of the country’s warmest temperatures. During the summer months, the beach gets very crowded as people from all parts of the country flock to the beach to enjoy the sun and the sands. Most of them do not forget to capture excellent photos of the beach. Thus, it is no wonder that Bournemouth Beach is one of the most Instagrammed beaches in the world.
6. Boulders Beach, South Africa
This beach is quite different from those mentioned above and yet finds mention in this list of the world’s most Instagrammed beaches. Boulders Beach is an important habitat of the endangered African penguins. For people who have restricted entry to this beach, the place appears like a wonderland with hundreds of tiny black-and-white penguins of different sizes strutting along the white sandy beaches and swimming in the blue waters of the Boulders Beach. The beach is located in the Cape Peninsula near Cape Town in South Africa.
5. Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic
Bavaro Beach is one of the world’s most popular beaches. It is located in Bavaro, a tourist area in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic’s La Altagracia province. The beaches in Bavaro are well-known for their scenic beauty and feature calm waters and crystalline white sands. The rows of coconut palms lining the coast, the luxurious resorts, the shopping plazas, and the theme parks dotting the area serve to attract more and more tourists to Bavaro Beach.
4. Cayo Coco Beach, Cuba
Cayo Coco, a central Cuban island, is famous for its all-inclusive resorts and fine beaches. It hosts the fourth most Instagrammed beach in the world, Cayo Coco Beach. Numerous resort hotels dot the island. The waters here are described as shimmering blue and aquamarine while the white beaches are washed with calm waves. It is one of the world’s best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving.
3. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
A beach of very fine white sand, the Horseshoe Bay Beach is a top tourist destination on the Bermuda island’s south coast in the parish of Southampton. The beach is well-equipped with tourists facilities like showers, washrooms, foot-washing area, a cafe, and lifeguards. The beach also serves as the venue of many interesting festivals and parties throughout the year.
2. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Lanikai Beach lives up to its name which means "heavenly sea” in the local language. Although it stretches for only about half a kilometer, it is the second most Instagrammed beach in the world. It is located in the Lanikai community in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. The presence of an upper-class residential area close to the beach means that strict regulations exist regarding the parking of vehicles near the beach. Heavy fines are imposed on those violating the rules. It is a top spot for photo shoots and is visited regularly by renowned models and photographers. Two islands visible from the beach make for an excellent backdrop to the photographs. Although tourists can kayak their way to one of the islands, the other one is a bird sanctuary out of public access. The beach itself has soft and clean powdery white sand and warm waters that allow visitors to spend a lot of time enjoying themselves to the fullest.
1. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
The spectacular Whitehaven Beach is unsurprisingly the most Instagrammed beach in the world. It is a 7 km long beach along Australia’s Whitsunday Island. Tourists from across the world can visit the island that is well-connected by boat, helicopter, and seaplane. The beach is famous for its turquoise waters and white silica sand. According to unverified reports, sand from the beach has been used to manufacture the glass used in the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2008, the Whitehaven Beach received the title of Queensland's Cleanest Beach by Keep Australia Beautiful. In 2010, CNN.com awarded the title of the world’s top Eco-Friendly Beach to the Whitehaven Beach.