Shoal Bay in Antigua has three kilometres of icing-sugar sand, crystal-clear Caribbean sea, an offshore coral reef with amazing snorkelling and diving, a scattering of taverns, and open-air eateries.

Formentera's Cala Saona On the smallest of the Balearic Islands, there are many of stunning beaches, but everyone seems to want to congregate at Illetes and Espalmador.

California's Glass Beach Although the idea of a beach created by years' worth of trash dumps sounds like a hellhole, Glass Beach on the Mendocino coast of California proves otherwise.

Panama's Starfish Beach There are three archipelagos in Panama: San Blas, which is expensive to get to, the Pearl Islands, which are expensive to stay on, and Bocas del Toro