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Maho Bay Beach In St. John Named No. 11 Beach In The World By TripAdvisor

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             Maho Bay beach in St. John



NEEDHAM, Mass. – The most trusted name in online travel advice has named a Virgin Islands beach to its top 25 list of the world’s best beaches.

Maho Bay beach in St. John, which is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, was ranked No. 11 in the world by TripAdvisor based on actual visits by tourists.

Maho Bay beach is considered one of the top six things to do in the Virgin Islands National Park, according to TripAdvisor, which also gives it its “Certificate of Excellence.”

Maho Bay beach is “one of the beaches that live up to the hype of the brochures and travel guides,” the online travel advice website said.

Some of the things people enjoyed most at Maho Bay was seeing the nurse sharks, the great photo opportunities and that it was excellent for children. Overall, the St. John beach had a definite “wow” factor.



TripAdvisor has named the most stunning stretches of sand in the world – and it’s Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean and Brazil that take the top two spots in the review site’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2016.

The winner is the seven-mile-long beach at Grace Bay, and with its turquoise water and powdery snow-white sand it is clear to see why.

Second place was taken by Brazil’s beautiful Baia do Sancho, on the island of Fernando de Noronha, which took first place in the awards last year.

One reviewer explained: “As you walk through a small trail, you can’t imagine what awaits you. The heavenly view seems like a mirage.”

Paradise Beach, known locally as Playa Paraiso, on Cayo Largo del Sur, in Cuba, was also voted into the top 10, along with Cayo de Agua in Venezuela.

The Seychelles, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honeymooned, was given a nod in the top 10, with Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, coming in fourth and was described by reviewers as “picture perfect in every way.”

Leading the way for Europe was Playa de Ses Illetes on Formentera, Spain, which is a favourite of the rich and famous, who often moor up their yachts at the beach to make the most of its crystal clear water and nearby celebrated seafood restaurants.

The paradisal beach was not only named the top beach in the continent but also ranked seventh in the world.

Not one entry from the top 25 beaches in the world or Europe was from the UK. Woolcaombe Beach, in Devon was named Britain’s best.

Travelers’ Choice Beaches Award-winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.

Here are the top 25 beaches in the world, according to TripAdvisor:

1. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

2. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

3. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba

4. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

5. Cayo de Agua, Los Roques National Park, Venezuela

6. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico, Caribbean

7. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

8. Ngapali Beach, Ngapali, Myanmar

9. West Bay Beach, Roatan, Honduras

10. Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines

11. Maho Bay Beach, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean

12. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia

13. Sharm El Luli, Marsa Alam, Red Sea and Sinai Egypt

14. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Crete, Greece

15. Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica

16. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

17. Camp’s Bay Beach Camps Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

18. Praia da Marinha, Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal

19. Kata Noi Beach, Karon Phuket, Thailand

20. Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida, United States

21. Playa Paraiso, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

22. Agonda Beach, Agonda, Goa, India

23. Horseshoe Bay Beach, Southampton Parish, Bermuda, Caribbean

24. Tumon Beach, Tumon, Guam, Mariana Islands

25. Praia de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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