Keem Bay on Achill Island off the coast of Co Mayo has been named one of the best beaches in the world for 2019.
Keem Bay ranked number 11 in this year’s list of the 50 Best Beaches in the World by global travel site Big 7 Travel, Joe.ie reports.
The horseshoe-shaped bay, located past Dooagh village, lies at the head of a valley between the cliffs of Benmore and Croaghuan mountain. The bay has a fine sandy beach and is mostly uninhabited, with the only building a former coastguard watch-house, according to VisitAchill.com. It was once the site of a basking shark fishery.
Big 7 Travel writes: “Keem Bay is a breathtaking rural and sheltered beach surrounded by cliffs on Ireland’s largest island – Achill Island. Its gleaming white sand rivals tropical islands and the water is superbly clear.
“The sun might not always be shining, but when it does it’s world-class. And yes, it’s beautiful even on a rainy day.”
According to the website, the rankings were determined by votes from Big 7 readers, aggregated scores from previous media results, official Blue Flag locations and contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team.
Here are the top ten rankings:
1. Zlatni rat (Golden Horn Beach) – Brac, Croatia
2. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Islands, Australia
3. Fig Tree Bay – Protaras, Cyprus
4. Grace Bay – Turks and Caicos
5. Secret Lagoon – El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
6. Reynisfjara Beach – Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland
7. Source d’Argent – Seychelles
8. Playa Ruinas – Quintana Roo, Mexico
9. Kanuhura Maldives – Lhaviyani Atoll Maldives
10. Pig Beach – Bahamas