World's best beach destinations named

Not one Australian beach has made the cut into TripAdvisor's list of the world's top-25 beach destinations.

Providenciales, an island in the Caribbean's Turks and Caicos Islands, took out the top spot for the second year in a row.

Palm Eagle Beach in Aruba, another Caribbean island, was named the second best beach destination in the world, while Tulum in Mexico took out third spot.

In a separate category for the best beaches in Australia, Queensland's Burleigh Heads, known for its surf break, was listed as number one, followed by NSW's Byron Bay, Queensland's Coolangatta and Broome in WA.

In all, Queensland laid claim to six of the top 10, with NSW and WA taking two winning destinations apiece.

The TripAdvisor 2012 Travellers Choice Beach Destination Awards were based on reviews by travellers in TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site.

Travellers' Choice award-winning world beach destinations:

1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

2. Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba

3. Tulum, Mexico

4. Negril, Jamaica

5. Saint Pete Beach, Florida

6. Boracay, Philippines

7. Cancun, Mexico

8. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

9. Miami/Miami Beach, Florida

10. Varadero, Cuba

Travellers' Choice award-winning beach destinations in Australia:

1. Burleigh Heads, Qld

2. Byron Bay, NSW

3. Coolangatta, Qld

4. Broome, WA

5. Noosa, Qld

6. Broadbeach, Qld

7. Surfers Paradise, Qld

8. Perth, WA

9. Port Douglas, Qld

10. Sydney, NSW

AAP

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