I braved giant iguanas, narrow rock canyons, and terrifyingly steep ladders to visit the world’s best beach — and it lived up to the hype; Sophie Claire Hoeller; This Is Insider

Brazil – Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves

Baia do Sancho, a beach on the small island of Fernando de Noronha off of Brazil, is consistently ranked one of the world’s best beaches. In fact, it was #1 on TripAdvisor for years.

Having had the good fortune to visit earlier this year, I can say that the laurels are well-deserved. However, I had no idea what an adventure it would be to get there…

One hot day this January, I decided to check out world’s best beach: Baia do Sancho.

The island of Fernando de Noronha is a schlep in and of itself. About an hour from mainland Brazil, flights only leave from two cities, Recife and Natal, and they are anything but frequent.

The archipelago of volcanic islands was Brazil’s first Marine Park, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As such, you’ll have to pay an environmental tax just to get in.

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