BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday February 28, 2017 – The Caribbean has once again taken a prominent position in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017, with Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos (TCI) copping the second spot, and the region bagging four of the top 10 picks and another six in the top 25.
Travellers voted for the best beaches they had ever visited and the seven-mile-long beach at Grace Bay, which has a five-star rating on TripAdvisor, was narrowly edged out of the top spot it occupied last year by Baio do Sancho in Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha.
Eagle Beach in Aruba placed third, while beaches in Cuba and Mexico snagged the fourth and seventh slots respectively.
In 12th place, Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands (technically 5.5 miles-long) reappeared on the list after a break last year, while Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico was right behind in 13th place.
Other regional beaches said to live up to the hype of brochures and travel guides were located in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Honduras and Costa Rica, which ranked 14th, 15th, 20th and 23rd, respectively.
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Travellers’ Choice Beaches award winners were based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.