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This Stunning U.S. Beach Has the Calmest Waters on Earth, New Report Finds

The Hawaiian beach is a beauty, too.

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Peter Unger/GETTY IMAGES

We all know that being around water is usually a pleasant and peaceful experience. It’s even scientifically proven to make us feel happier. But for those who want to take things a step further, HawaiianIslands.com has compiled a list of the calmest waters on Earth so every traveler can find their zen.

To find out which beaches offer the calmest waters, the team analyzed millions of publicly available reviews on Tripadvisor, assessing 500 beaches in America and the top 100 beaches in every country around the globe. After identifying the beaches, the team calculated which spots had the highest proportion of reviews that included the phrase “calm water/s.” (The team notes it only assessed English-language reviews and sense-checked all reviews to ensure the phrase “calm water/s” was used correctly.)

After crunching the numbers, the researchers found that Baby Beach in Maui, Hawaii, holds the title for having the calmest water of any beach in the world, with more than 27 percent of reviews mentioning the phrase.

“Incredibly calm waters with ample coral areas, perfect for snorkeling in. We went to many of the beaches in Maui looking for snorkeling spots, and this was one of the best for beginners like us to try out snorkeling without worrying about the waves. Would be a good beach for children to swim as the waters are so calm,” one reviewer wrote(It's important to note that while it is safe to return to many parts of Maui, Baby Beach sits in an area that is not permitted to visitors at this time. Please check with Maui's official government website and its official travel website before your vacation to know where you can, and cannot go. And read these nine tips for traveling to the island responsibly).

Coming in at a close second is Ten Bay Beach in Eleuthera, the Bahamas, with nearly 23 percent of the reviews raving about its clear and calm waters. “Loved this beach- beautiful calm waters — good for families with small kids. Would definitely visit again and spend the whole day there. There is shade from the trees nearby. One of my top picks for beaches on the island,” a reviewer wrote about their experience at the beach.

As for where else in America you can find the calmest waters, you’ll likely have to go to Hawaii, as it’s home to eight out of the 10 calmest waters in the nation, with only Cape Charles, Virginia, and Lewes, Delaware, joining them.

For international waters, look to Greece, where you’ll find six out of the 10 calmest waters in Europe, with Marathi Beach in Crete taking the number one spot in that continent.

Ready to explore a whole world of peaceful waters? Check out the full calmest waters list at hawaiianislands.com.

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