By Chronicle Writer

Some 1200 travel industry experts say Turks and Caicos’ Grace Bayis the best beach in the Caribbean and the sixth best beach in the world for 2018. The selection was made by FlightNetwork, a Canada based travel enterprise. The company sought the opinions of leading travel journalists, bloggers and editors from around the world, to come up with a list of 100 of the best beaches on the planet. The judging process was based on sheer untouched beauty, remoteness, sand and water quality, annual days of sunshine and average annual temperature.

About Grace Bay, Stuart from Carte Blanche Media Ltd. said, “from its pure white sand to rich blue water, this beach is absolutely flawless. I cannot imagine a location more picturesque than this.” The 1.6 kilometer long beach received the full 10 out of 10 rating in both the “sheer untouched beauty” and “sand and water quality” categories. 

Following Grace Bay is the Seven Mile Beachin the Cayman Islands which was praised for its calm inducing scenic sea view and coastline—the result of overhanging palm trees and surrounding vegetation. The beach, which is a ten-minute car ride away from the Cayman capital city of Georgetown, is ranked at 7 on FlightNetwork’s list.

Next came Cuba’s Varedero Beach, whichwas hailed the best on the island and a must visit for vacationers. This beach is often described as a hub for relaxation, luxury, adventure and Cuban culture. It is ranked at 10 out of the full list of 100. 

Other Caribbean beaches in the top 50 are Pink Sands Beachin the Bahamas at 12; Bavaro Beachin the Domican Republic at 20; Malmok Beachin Aruba at 24; Puerto Rico’s Flamenco Beachat 37; Grand Anse Beachin Grenada at 48 and Barbados’ Bathsheba Beachat 49. 

Overall, the number one beach in the world for 2018, according to FlighNetwork, is Shipwreck, also known as Navagio Beachin Zakynthos, Greece.