The whole survey, commissioned by Royal Caribbean and spearheaded by psychologist Dr David Holmes, rated coastlines on the clarity of the horizon, sea colour, sand quality, cleanliness, interesting features, air quality and the weather.
"While this formula may not account for every eventuality, the top ten hopefully helps holidaymakers identify the shorelines which are, scientifically, most impactful," said Dr Holmes.
"All countries have good and bad shorelines; however some are stunning in their unpretentious beauty combined with iconic features.
Shorelines such as Dubai score well across all elements of the formula, whilst others such as Inchydoney in Ireland offer wonderful experiences with the added benefit of attracting smaller crowds."
THE COMPLETE TOP TEN 1 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2 Blackpool, United Kingdom 3 Gulf of Mexico, United States of America 4 Cape Cod National Seashore, United States of America 5 Inchydoney, West Cork, Ireland 6 Twelve Apostles, Victoria, Australia 7 Cape Town, South Africa 8 Cavelossim, Goa, India 9 Krabi, Thailand 10 Whitehaven Beach, Whitehaven Islands, Australia