• World’s best beaches 2017: TripAdvisor

    Ramesh Tiwari
    February 24, 2017
    World’s best beaches 2017: TripAdvisor

     Paris ( AFP ) : If there’s one single beach that leaves visitors enamored, recharged and inspired, it’s Baia do Sancho in Brazil, which captured the title of world’s best beach by TripAdvisor travelers for a third time.

    After being momentarily knocked off its perch by Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos last year, the Brazilian beach on the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recaptured the title in the 2017 edition of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Best Beaches.

    Praised for its dramatic cliffs, turquoise waters and reclusiveness, the beach is popular among surfers and snorkelers for its teeming marine underworld.

    Gaining access to this paradisiacal beach, however, requires work: Visitors must descend a tall, steep staircase between two rocks.

    The area itself was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001 for being home to the largest concentration of tropical seabirds in the Western Atlantic, while the waters are important for the breeding and feeding of tuna, shark and other marine mammals.

    The area is also home to Dolphin Bay, the only known place in the world with such a large population of resident dolphins.

    Rounding out the top three spots are Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos and Eagle Beach in Aruba.

    TripAdvisor also broke down the best beaches in Europe, with La Concha Beach in San-Sebastian, Spain, taking the top title.

    Here are the top 10 beaches in the world, 2017, according to TripAdvisor:

    1. Baia do Sancho, Brazil

    2. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

    3. Eagle Beach, Aruba

    4. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba

    5. Siesta Beach, Florida, USA

    6. La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain

    7. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres

    8. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India

    9. Elafonissi Beach, Greece

    10. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

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      January 1 : New year nightclub attack leaves 39 dead in Istanbul
      January 20 : Republican billionaire Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president
      January 23 : Syria peace talks begin in Kazakh capital Astana
      March 29 :United Kingdom officially launches the Brexit process
      April 4 :Syria launches chemical attack killing 90 people
      April 6 : US cruise missiles destroy Syrian air base
      April 9 : Bombings at two churches in Egypt kill dozens
      April 16 : Refugee death toll passes 1,000 in Mediterranean
      April 16 :Turkey says YES to presidential system
      May 6 :Emmanuel Macron elected French president defeating Marine Le Pen
      May 19 :Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election
      May 22 : Terrorist attack kills 22 at Manchester concert
      June 5 : Gulf nations severe ties with Qatar
      June 7 :Suicide bombers attack Iranian parliament killing 13 people
      June 14 :London fire kills 71 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower
      July 4 :North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s missile ambitions
      July 28 : Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office
      August 5 :US withdraws from Paris climate change pact
      August 17 :Storms cause record damage in Caribbean and southern United States
      August 25 :Muslim Rohingya start fleeing Rakhine state in Myanmar
      September 15 : NASA’s 13-year Saturn mission ends
      September 20 : Earthquake kills more than 200 in Mexico
      September 24 : Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth term
      September 26 : Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving
      October 1 : Gunman opens fire on Las Vegas music festival killing 59 people
      October 14 : Massive bombing in Somalia’s capital Modadishu kill more than 500 people
      October 24 : China confirms the elevation of President Xi Jinping to the same status as the nation’s founder, Mao Zedong, and Deng Xiaoping, by enshrining ‘Xi Jinping thought’ in the party’s constitution at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
      October 27 : Catalonia declares independence from Spain
      November 4 : S audi Arabia detains 11 princes, four ministers and ten former ministers in a corruption probe
      November 12 : Iran-Iraq magnitude 7.3 earthquake kills more than 500
      November 15 : Argentine navy submarine disappears with 44 crew on board
      November 21 : Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe’s president after 37 years in power. His former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa will become president.
      November 22 : Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian War
      November 24 : Gunmen kill hundreds at Sinai mosque in Egypt
      December 4 : Houthi militants assassinate Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh
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      December 6 : US President Donald Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
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      Between January and August 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period of 2016 .The top ten most visited cities are:
      CityVisitors
      HONG KONG26.6 million
      BANGKOK 21.2 million
      LONDON19.2 million
      SINGAPORE16.6 million
      MACAU15.4 million
      DUBAI14.9 million
      PARIS14.4 million
      NEW YORK12.7 million
      SHENZHEN12.6 million
      KUALA LUMPUR12.3 million

      Source: Euromonitor International

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