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List of Countries with the Best Beaches ranked from best to worst. What makes a beach great? Does it have to offer activities like snorkeling and kayaking or is a desert island feel more ideal? Everybody loves laying out on a sandy beach listening to the ocean roll in, but which country offers the best in beaches? Vote on this list and help fellow sun worshipers determine which nation has the best beaches.

Italy offers some amazing beaches. Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa provides travelers beautiful cliffs, blue waters and plenty of sunshine. If you look closely you might even see turtles and dolphins in the water. Australia has some of the world's cleanest beaches with pristine sand and clear waters. New Zealand also has spectacular sand surrounded by magnificent views that will make travelers feel like they are in paradise.

Tulum, Mexico provides vacationers the unique opportunity to swim near ancient Mayan ruins. If you are more adventurous, you may prefer the beaches on Palaui Island in the Philippines. Palaui Island is only accessible to travelers who are willing to camp, giving you the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world without hoards of other vacationers.

Which country has the best beaches? Vote on this list and tell us why a certain beach is your favorite in the comments section.
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Greece


Greece is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Countries with the Best Beaches
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Capital: Athens

Official Language: Greek Language

Founded: 1821-03-25

Currency: Euro

Area: 131940.0

Form of Government: Constitutional republic, Parliamentary system

Anthem: Hymn to Liberty

Divisions: Chios, Phthiotis, Argolis, Pella, Dodecanese Prefecture, + more

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Philippines


Philippines is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Countries with the Best Beaches
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Capital: Manila

Official Language: English Language, Filipino language

Founded: 1521-03-16

Currency: Philippine peso

Area: 299404.0

Form of Government: Presidential system, Republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

Anthem: Lupang Hinirang

Divisions: Olongapo, Cagayan, Tarlac, Camarines Sur, La Carlota, + more

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#22 on The Prettiest Flags in the World

#35 on The Best Countries to Travel Alone

#36 on The Countries with the Best Food

#7 on The Best Asian Countries to Visit

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Maldives


Maldives is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Countries with the Best Beaches
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Capital: Malé

Official Language: Dhivehi language

Founded: 1965-07-26

Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa

Area: 300.0

Form of Government: Presidential system, Republic

Anthem: Gaumii salaam

Divisions: Shaviyani Atoll, Gaafu Alif Atoll, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Faafu Atoll, Malé Atoll, + more

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French Polynesia


French Polynesia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Countries with the Best Beaches
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Capital: Papeete, France

Official Language: French Language

Founded: 1842

Currency: CFP franc

Area: 4167.0

Form of Government: Dependent territory

Anthem: La Marseillaise

Divisions: Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu-Gambier Islands

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