Travel's Best Beach Awards 2014

From Best Family Beach to Best Exotic Beach and everything in between, see this year’s winners handpicked by trusted beach experts and Travel Channel staff.

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Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, Florida
Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, Florida

Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, Florida

With 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

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Best Family Beach: Destin, Florida

Best Family Beach: Destin, Florida

Viewers raved about Destin, FL. Diana from Texas calls it a wonderful beach with great people, lots to do and great family accommodations. She wrote, "You can't beat this place for a family vacation. I promise!!" 960 1280

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Best Romantic Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Best Romantic Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

For the second year in a row, Bora Bora takes the honor thanks to the secluded stretch of white sand at Matira Point, romantic resorts and candle-lit ambiance. 960 1280

Martin Valigursky  

Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With 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

Brooke Slezak  

Best Beach Bar: Rick's Cafe, Negril, Jamaica

Best Beach Bar: Rick's Cafe, Negril, Jamaica

What's the best thing about Rick's? The delicious drinks here face stiff competition from the dramatic cliff divers and spectacular sunsets. 960 1280

Doug Pearson  

Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Nevis, Caribbean

Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Nevis, Caribbean

Most 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

Danita Delimont  

Best Beach for Adventure: Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Best Beach for Adventure: Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Formerly the mouth of a volcano crater, Hawaii's famous snorkeling spot is teaming with schools of rainbow-colored fish in the bay's shallow water. 960 1280

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Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

With 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

Marian Pentek  

Best Beach Boardwalks: Venice Beach, California

Best Beach Boardwalks: Venice Beach, California

Our viewers, as well as our resident beach expert Marianela, were taken with the eclectic vibe of the Venice Beach boardwalk. 960 1280

  

Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

As 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

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After over 1,200 votes, Lahaina Beach, Maui, was named Viewers' Choice: Best Overall Beach. Commenters like Garuga, OH, agreed, "It's the most beautiful place in the world." 960 1280

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Best Party Beach: Paradise Island, Bahamas
Five miles long and less than 1 mile wide, Paradise Island is a mecca for nightlife mostly thanks to mega-resort Atlantis Paradise Island's clubs and casinos.
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Best Family Beach: Cape May, New Jersey
Jersey's most historic beach also has a wholesome atmosphere and pristine beaches ideal for kids.
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Best Romantic Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti
There are a number of reasons why Bora Bora boasts the nickname "the Romantic Island," including the secluded beaches, intimate hotels and quiet atmosphere that embraces visitors in Matira.
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Sexiest Beach: Copacabana Beach, Rio, Brazil
Rio is the hot spot for some of the sexiest sunbathers in the world and home to Copacabana Beach, the world's most famous beach.
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Best Beach Bars: Tropicana Beach Bar, Mykonos, Greece
The Tropicana Beach Bar sits on Paradise Beach and throws the greatest early-evening beach parties. A hot spot for young people, the drinks flow from early morning until long past sunset.
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Best Beach You Haven't Heard of Yet: Llandudno Beach, South Africa
Is seclusion your idea of paradise? Then welcome to Llandudno, a cliffside resort near Cape Town, South Africa, so tucked away you’ll find nary a shop or street light in view.
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Best Beach for Adventure: Cave Diving in Whangarei, New Zealand
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are an exciting playground for thrill seekers and nature lovers.
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Best Exotic Beach: Anse Source d'Argent, Seychelles
Not only did the Royal Couple honeymoon in the Seychelles but Anse Source d'Argent manages to be tropical, homey, understated and classy all at once.
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Best Scenic Beach: Zlatni Rat, Bol, Brac Island, Croatia
The Golden Horn sandbar is 580 yards long and provides this beach with a unique shape and unparalleled people-watching.
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10. Best Beach Boardwalk: Ocean City, MD
With boardwalk fries, its famous Grotto pizza and all the shops and rides expected of a great boardwalk, it's easy to see why Ocean City, Maryland topped our picks.
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Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, Florida

Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, Florida

With 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

Paul Giamou  

Best Family Beach: Destin, Florida

Best Family Beach: Destin, Florida

Viewers raved about Destin, FL. Diana from Texas calls it a wonderful beach with great people, lots to do and great family accommodations. She wrote, "You can't beat this place for a family vacation. I promise!!" 960 1280

Cavan Images  

Best Romantic Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Best Romantic Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

For the second year in a row, Bora Bora takes the honor thanks to the secluded stretch of white sand at Matira Point, romantic resorts and candle-lit ambiance. 960 1280

Martin Valigursky  

Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With 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

Brooke Slezak  

Best Beach Bar: Rick's Cafe, Negril, Jamaica

Best Beach Bar: Rick's Cafe, Negril, Jamaica

What's the best thing about Rick's? The delicious drinks here face stiff competition from the dramatic cliff divers and spectacular sunsets. 960 1280

Doug Pearson  

Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Nevis, Caribbean

Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Nevis, Caribbean

Most 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

Danita Delimont  

Best Beach for Adventure: Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Best Beach for Adventure: Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Formerly the mouth of a volcano crater, Hawaii's famous snorkeling spot is teaming with schools of rainbow-colored fish in the bay's shallow water. 960 1280

Yuki Matsukura, flickr  

Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

With 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

Marian Pentek  

Best Beach Boardwalks: Venice Beach, California

Best Beach Boardwalks: Venice Beach, California

Our viewers, as well as our resident beach expert Marianela, were taken with the eclectic vibe of the Venice Beach boardwalk. 960 1280

  

Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

As 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

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