And the World's Best Beach Is ... Not Brighton; IT'S A TOUGH JOB, BUT BEACHCOMBER NAMES WAIKIKI AS TOP SEASIDE RESORT

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Byline: NIGEL ROSSER

THE BEST beach in the world has been named, by a man who won the task of researching the finalists in a competition.

After thousands of miles and careful consideration, Pete Shannon today declared the outright winner: Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.

The 26-year-old described his worldwide quest as "difficult". But he was sure of one thing ... the winner was not going to be Brighton.

The computer science and marketing graduate, from Chichester, made his announcement today, two weeks after returning from his seven-week, all-expenses-paid trip. He travelled nearly 54,000 miles on 37 planes to visit the 20 shortlisted beaches.

"Choosing the world's best was quite difficult as every beach I visited in my amazing expedition was just incredible," he said.

"But there had to be a winner, and Waikiki it is. With its stunning views, great activities and friendly, welcoming atmosphere, Waikiki has something for everyone and is worthy of the title World's Best Beach."

Mr Shannon started his trip in Brighton. However, the British resort failed to compete with the rather more exotic locations and ended up at the bottom of the league at number 20. Ihuru Beach in the Maldives was named the second best beach, followed by Cancun, Mexico, in third place.

Others in the top 10 included Dickenson's Bay, Antigua, Copacabana in Brazil and Camp's Bay, South Africa.

Mr Shannon, who was picked from 1,000 hopefuls who entered the competition on travel website www.expedia.co.uk, gives a personal, detailed account of each of the beaches in his report. …