TripAdvisor names the world's best beach in 2017 Traveler's Choice ranking

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Whether it is dunes of squeaky white sand or stretches of shattered black lava, there is only one word to describe unique beaches -- paradise.

Yes, you could head to the closest shore or lake to lie by a body of water, but the world's most beautiful beaches offer something special.

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, released its 2017 Travelers' Choice for Beaches awards. Across every coast and continent, only 343 beaches landed on lists based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.

This year, the title of world's best beach went to Brazil's Baia do Sancho -- and it is clear why. First, you must climb down a challenging steep metal ladder clinging to the side of a cliff to reach the beach. But once your feet hit the white sand, you'll see that all your efforts were worth it.

The secluded, quiet stretch is pristine and its cove is wrapped in lush vegetation. The turquoise waters are a warm snorkeler's paradise. TripAdvisor reviewers have spotted turtles, sharks and fish breaking up the blue backdrop with pops of electric colors.

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TripAdvisor names 2017's best beaches in the world
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10.    Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay 
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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10.    Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay 
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 

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9.       Elafonissi Beach 
Crete, Greece

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9.       Elafonissi Beach 
Crete, Greece

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8.       Radhanagar Beach 
Havelock Island, India

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8.       Radhanagar Beach 
Havelock Island, India

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7.       Playa Norte 
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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7.       Playa Norte 
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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6.       La Concha Beach 
San Sebastian, Spain

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6.       La Concha Beach 
San Sebastian, Spain

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6.       La Concha Beach 
San Sebastian, Spain

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5.       Siesta Beach 
Siesta Key, United States

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5.       Siesta Beach 
Siesta Key, United States

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4.       Playa Paraiso 
Cayo Largo, Cuba

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4.       Playa Paraiso 
Cayo Largo, Cuba

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3.       Eagle Beach 
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

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3.       Eagle Beach 
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

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2.       Grace Bay 
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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2.       Grace Bay 
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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1.       Baia do Sancho 
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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1.       Baia do Sancho 
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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1.       Baia do Sancho 
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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One beach from the United States landed a spot atop the 10 best beaches list. Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida, has been called 'excellent' by thousands of TripAdvisor users. You can walk for miles on the wide sandy stretches and watch pods of dolphins spring from the waves. However, the sand is the reason why Siesta Beach is a favorite among travelers. The powdery, almost flour-like grains are actually made of quartz. It is so clean and fluffy that it squeaks when stepped upon and never gets too hot, even on the steamiest Floridian day.

For complete lists of the best beaches in the world and to find affordable hotels in the area, visit TripAdvisor.

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Best American beaches in 2017, according to TripAdvisor
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Best American beaches in 2017, according to TripAdvisor

10.  Ocean City Beach – Ocean City, Maryland

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10.  Ocean City Beach – Ocean City, Maryland

Least expensive month to go: September, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $214 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: Sea Spray Resort on Siesta Key – available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $246 per night

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9.      Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Honolulu, Hawaii

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9.      Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Honolulu, Hawaii

Least expensive month to go: April, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $307 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club– available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $299 per night

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8.      Saint Augustine Beach – Saint Augustine Beach, Florida

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8.      Saint Augustine Beach – Saint Augustine Beach, Florida

Least expensive month to go: January, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $138 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites – available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $174 per night

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7.      Pensacola Beach – Pensacola Beach, Florida

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7.      Pensacola Beach – Pensacola Beach, Florida

Least expensive month to go: January, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $140 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach – available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $281 per night

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6.      Hollywood Beach – Hollywood, Florida

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6.      Hollywood Beach – Hollywood, Florida

Least expensive month to go: September, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $172 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: Caribbean Resort by the Ocean – available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $220 per night

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5.      Beach at Panama City – Panama City Beach, Florida

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5.      Beach at Panama City – Panama City Beach, Florida

Least expensive month to go: January, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $103 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: Osprey on the Gulf – available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $174 per night

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4.      Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida

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4.      Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida

Least expensive month to go: November, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $186 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: Pier House 60 Marina Hotel– available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $272 per night

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3.      Saint Pete Beach – Saint Pete Beach, Florida

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3.      Saint Pete Beach – Saint Pete Beach, Florida

Least expensive month to go: November, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $211 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort– available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $231 per night

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2.      Ka'anapali Beach – Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 

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2.      Ka'anapali Beach – Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 

Least expensive month to go: May, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $376 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: Maui Eldorado – available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $223 per night

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1.      Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida

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1.      Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida

Least expensive month to go: September, when hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $214 per night

Highly-rated mid-range hotel nearby: Sea Spray Resort on Siesta Key – available to book on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $246 per night

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