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For spring break season, here are the top 10 beaches in the U.S. — and in the world

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Grace Bay beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
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It's spring break season, which means after months of winter weather you're likely dreaming about warmer days and spending hours basking in the sun in a tropical locale.

The travel industry is expecting a busy year in 2022, with people sick of being pent up during the ongoing pandemic and looking to make up for lost travel time, and a recent Tripadvisor survey finds that 37% of American travelers plan to hit the beach at some point this year. Now, the online travel reviews website has a new set of dream destinations for those hardcore beachgoers.

Some of the world's best beaches top the charts on Tripadvisor's 2022 Best of the Best awards. The online travel company ranks destinations each year based on traveler reviews and ratings, and this year's top beaches in the U.S. are highlighted by sunny spots in Hawaii and Florida, while an exotic destination in Turks and Caicos tops the worldwide rankings.

Tripadvisor determined its 2022 awards by measuring the most highly-rated and reviewed beach destinations on the website between Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021.

In the U.S., Hapuna Beach in Puako, Hawaii claimed the top spot in Tripadvisor's rankings, while Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida followed closely behind at No. 2.

Casey Brogan, senior communications specialist at Tripadvisor, tells CNBC Make It that Hapuna Beach claimed this year's title in something of an upset, and it comes as the website has seen an uptick in tourism to Hawaii.

"A Florida beach has been No. 1 in the U.S. for the past eight years," Brogan said. "So for Hawaii to pass it, this is actually the first time Hawaii has had the No. 1 beach in the U.S. since 2014."

Located on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, Hapuna Beach State Park offers the island's largest white sand beach – where, depending on the time of year, you can spot migrating whales or spend your time swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling, according to the state's tourism website.

The world's top beach, according to Tripadvisor's rankings, is Grace Bay Beach, located on the northeast coast of Providenciales, an island in the archipelago of Turks and Caicos. Tripadvisor notes on its site that the roughly three-mile stretch of beach is "famous for its long stretch of soft white sand and beautiful blue water."

Tripadvisor's Brogan said being stuck inside during the pandemic has definitely motivated people to explore more of the world as travel restrictions across the globe have begun to loosen

"I think it's been a crazy couple of years, obviously, so people are really looking for relaxing getaways," Brogan said. "I think these are the beaches that they'll be most [likely] heading towards." 

Top 10 beaches in the U.S.

1. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area in Puako, Hawaii

Sunset at Hapuna Beach State Park in Hawaii, United States
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2. Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida

3. Poipu Beach Park in Poipu, Hawaii

4. Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

5. Kailua Beach Park in Kailua, Hawaii

6. Driftwood Beach in Jekyll Island, Georgia

7. Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington

Sunset on Ruby Beach in the Olympic National Park in Washington.
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8. Cannon Beach in Cannon Beach, Oregon

9. La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

10. Ho'okipa Beach Park in Paia, Hawaii

Top 10 beaches in the world

1. Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Grace Bay beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
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2. Varadero Beach in Varadero, Cuba

3. Turquoise Bay in Exmouth, Australia

4. Quarta Praia in Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

5. Eagle Beach in Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

Eagle Beach on Aruba island
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6. Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

7. Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

8. Trunk Bay Beach in Virgin Islands National Park, St. John

9. Baia dos Golfinhos in Praia da Pipa, Brazil

10. Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily

Correction: This article has been corrected to reflect that Siesta Beach is in Siesta Key, Florida.

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