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22 February 2013 09:35
TripAdvisor has revealed the highest-rated beaches in the world
When people book a beach summer holiday, they are dreaming of silky white sands and inviting, deep blue oceans. To help travellers make sure that is exactly what they get, TripAdvisor's latest list of top beaches has been revealed. It may come as no surprise that the sumptuous sands of Rabbit Beach at Lampedusa in Sicily finished top of the tree, followed by Caribbean beach Grace Bay at Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos and Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, Australia.
For holiday-makers who want to stay in Europe to keep their flight, accommodation and
travel insurance costs down, the study revealed that Playa de las Catedrales in Rabadeo in Galicia, Spain, came second behind Rabbit Beach on the continent. However, the third choice is considerably closer to home. Rhossli Bay in Swansea, South Wales, was picked out as the third best beach on the continent in the poll, which is voted for by travellers from all over the world. Other UK beaches in the European top 10 include Woolacombe Beach in Devon (fifth) and Porthminster Beach at St Ives (ninth).
Swansea Council leader David Phillips expressed the local authority's delight that Rhossli Bay was singled out for acknowledgement. Meanwhile, TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw said: "These awards recognise the best beaches in the UK and beyond, according to those that really matter - travellers that have visited these beaches and given them the highest levels of praise. Huge congratulations to Swansea's Rhossili Bay for beating many of the most exotic beaches across the globe."
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