By KarryOn @karryontravel28 Feb 2017Five Latin American beaches are among the world’s top 25, according to TripAdvisor, who last week revealed the results of their 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards. What no Aussie beaches? The first Australian beach to hit the ladder was Whitehaven Beach in The Whitsunday’s at No.17. Instead, topping the list is Baia do Sancho, a beach on the remote Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha. Baia do Sancho is a beautiful and secluded beach that is only accessible to travellers by boat or by hiking down a narrow staircase from surrounding cliffs. A new entrant to the top 10 is Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Chad Carey, co-founder of Australia’s leading Latin America specialist Chimu Adventures, said Latin America was a dream destination for beach lovers, attracting millions of visitors every year. ‘We are thrilled to see so many Latin American beaches featured on TripAdvisor’s top list. Each one of them truly deserves their spot in the top 10 for they are more than just your everyday beaches, they are destinations in themselves.’ Chad Carey. co-founder Chimu Adventures “It’s not just the white sand and turquoise waters that make Latin America’s beaches so unique. It’s the reefs, the islands, the flora and fauna, the natural settings that really inspire. Each beach has its own, distinctive character and gives travellers access to some of the most memorable travel experiences they can have in Latin America such as wildlife spotting, snorkelling, coastal walks and rafting, to name only a few.” “While Baia do Sanchho as well as the other four Latin American beaches on the top list, are all exceptionally beautiful places, they are really just a snapshot of what Latin American beaches have to offer.” According to Chad, these are the top things to ado at the Latin American beaches that made the list: 1. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil Only accessible by boat or by hiking down a narrow staircase from surrounding cliffs, Baia do Sancho is the epitome of seclusion and natural beauty. Set in an archipelago of 21 islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most stunning places in Brazil with its crystal clear water and rich marine life. Baia de Sancho is great for scuba diving, surfing and snorkelling. 2. Eagle Beach, Aruba Eagle Beach is more than a beach, it’s a nature spectacle. Apart from being a picture perfect natural beauty, it is also home to most turtle nests on the island. Seeing baby turtles as they hatch is a great experience for many. 3. Playa Paraiso – Cayo Largo, Cuba Playa Paraiso (translated ‘paradise beach’ in English) with its white sand and turquoise waters does justice to its name. It’s the perfect place for undisturbed sunbathing. 4. Playa Norte – Isla Mujeres, Mexico Playa Norte is a beach for the naturalist with sea turtles and whale sharks making regular appearances. There are also some great reefs in the area. Although the beach is very quiet, there are shops and restaurants nearby. 5. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay – Galapagos Islands, Ecuador The perfect beach for the wildlife lover, Galapagos Beach is one of the best places to see Galapagos marine life including colourful reef fish, rays, sea turtles and Marine Iguanas. Where’s your favourite beach in the world? What makes it so special? Other stories you may like WIN a spot on a famil to the Galapagos Islands & Ecuador One really wrong assumption everyone always makes about Mexico’s Los Cabos They’ve seen Peru, Argentina & Chile, so where are Aussies heading next in Latin America?