Ahu Nau-Nau at Anakena beach, sunset at Easter Island

Anakena of Easter Island voted one of world’s best beaches

Easter Island coast is virtually nothing but rocky cliffs, but nature gave us one sandy exception – Anakena. This beautiful gem has just been voted one of the best beaches this planet has to offer by millions of users of the world’s biggest travel review website – TripAdvisor.

Rapa Nui woman at beach Anakena
Anakena is a wonderful place to spend a hot day.

Among 25 of the most highly ranked beaches, Anakena ended up at number 16. This beach has a true natural beauty, palm trees decorating the landscape and giving shade during hot days, and cosy, typical restaurants with excellent food and drinks. Though, what surely also helped to reach this list are the ancient moai statues standing in the sand, constantly reminding us of the impressive human achievements that took place in this historical location.

Moai Anakena Easter Island statue Ahu Ature Huke sunrise beach
You breathe history while working on your tan at beach Anakena.

The list is the so called Traveler’s Choice Awards 2017, and was generated by millions of travelers voting for all of the world’s beaches during the whole year of 2016.

Below is the full list of the 25 most highly ranked beaches.


Ranking Beach Location
1 Baia do Sancho Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
2 Grace Bay Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
3 Aruba Brazil
4 Playa Paraiso Cayo Largo, Cuba
5 Siesta Beach Siesta Key, Florida
6 La concha Beach San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
7 Playa Norte Isla Mujeres
8 Radhanagar Beach Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
9 Elafonissi Beach Elafonissi, Greece
10 Tortuga Bay Galapagos, Ecuador
11 Anse Lazio Praslin Island, Seychelles
12 Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman
13 Flamenco Beach Culebra, Puerto Rico
14 Bavaro Beach Puna Cana, Dominican Republic
15 Seven Mile Beach Negril, Jamaica
16 Anakena Easter Island, Chile
17 Whitehaven Beach Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands
18 La Cote des Basques Biarritz, France
19 Fig Tree Bay Protaras, Cyprus
20 West Bay Beach West Bay, Honduras
21 Camp’s Bay Beach Camp’s Bay, South Africa
22 Praia de Santa Maria Santa Maria, Cape Verde
23 Playa Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
24 White Beach Boracay, Aklan Province
25 Ngapali Beach Ngapali, Myanmar


Bird petroglyphs at Anakena beach Easter Island
The ancient bird petroglyphs at Anakena are sometimes covered in sand dunes.

Marcus Edensky

Marcus is owner of local Rapa Nui travel agency Easter Island Travel. He is one of the few foreigners that has learnt to speak Rapa Nui fluently. He is founder of local Easter Island newspaper Tāpura Re'o - the only newspaper written entirely in Rapa Nui language.

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