Soak up the sun at 20 of the world’s best beaches

Take a dip, build a sandcastle, and stroll the surf at these beaches around the world.

The sound of crashing waves, the feel of sand between your toes, the smell of the briny ocean air—a day at the beach is a feast for the senses. The global National Geographic Your Shot photography community shares images of amazing beaches around the world, including coastal stretches on far-flung islands and sunny scenes from more familiar retreats. We’ve picked 20 of the most compelling photos to inspire your next seaside vacation. (Need a book for the beach? Read on for our list of top page-turners.)

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Starlight Williams is an editorial researcher and writer at National Geographic. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.