2012 Best Beach Winners
From Best Party Beach to Best Beach Boardwalk, check out photos of Travel Channel's first ever Best Beach Award winners.
Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, FloridaWith over 56% of the vote, this best party beach was no contest. An international playground, South Beach is known for its delicious Cuban food, funky Art Deco architecture, pristine beaches and rowdy Ocean Drive nightlife. 960 1280
Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWith the upcoming World Cup and Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is already spiking as a hot travel destination in 2013. And yes, people are still flocking to the beach to encounter someone "tall and tan and young and lovely" 50 years after "The Girl from Ipanema" was released. 960 1280
Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Nevis, CaribbeanMost people aren't familiar with the island of Nevis, and Magnon from Texas hopes it stays that way, writing "Let's hope that it stays somewhat obscure so that crowds don't invade this Caribbean paradise." Sorry for letting everyone in on this secret oasis. 960 1280
Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the GrenadinesWith the narrowest margin, Mustique edged out Fiji as the best exotic beach. Perhaps it was the royal couple effect? Kate and Will "babymooned" there, and their romantic honeymoon destination in the Seychelles won last year. 960 1280
Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, TahitiAs Sal from Nevada said, Bora Bora could win on looks alone. This little piece of heaven is just 18 miles long, but it lives up to its nickname, "the Romantic Island" – it’s won best romantic beach 2 years in a row. 960 1280
2013 Best Beach Winners 10 Photos