Mayo beach named 3rd best in the world, beating beaches in Greece and Polynesia
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Mayo beach named 3rd best in the world, beating beaches in Greece and Polynesia

WE IN Ireland know we have some of the best beaches in the world, but it’s nice when other people acknowledge it.

Just as Ireland has recently been voted as having the sexiest accent in the world, and Dublin and Cork acknowledged as being two of the friendliest cities in the world, it’s looking to be a very good year for Irish gratification.

International travel magazine Condé Nast has released its list of the 20 best beaches in the world, and Achill Island’s Keem Bay, off the coast of Mayo, has come in 3rd place.

The island off the west of Ireland lost out to Honopu Beach, Hawaii, and Grand Anse, Grenada, but beat Fakarava in French Polynesia and Zakynthos in Greece—which is just downright impressive.

People often say that if Ireland had te weather it would be the most incredible place on earth, but it turns out we don’t even need the weather to be included on a list of incredible beaches to soak up the sun.

Writing for Conde Nast, author Lizzie Pook detailed the reason why the unassuming beach on Achill Island deserved third place, writing:

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“It’s a windy road to Keem Bay, but the staggering cliff-top views are worth it.

This sheltered inlet, on Achill Island in County Mayo, is almost unknown to visitors, but its clear malachite waters and soft biscuit sand make it a family-friendly spot – that’s also wonderfully crowd-free.

Bring binoculars for spotting basking sharks; in warmer months you’ll find herds of ice-cream vans in the car park.”

You can read the full list of Condé Nast’s top 20 beaches in the world here.