During the 25-year period of best beaches, Hawaii earned 15 #1's, while Florida gained 7. Once a beach made #1, it was retired. However, Dr. Beach says that next year he will throw all the former #1's into the pot for year #26, which means that one of the first three #1's should prevail: Kapalua, Bahia Honda SRA (above left, Florida) and Hapuna (below, Big Island, Hawaii).
I never did quite say which is the best beach in the world. You can decide, for you have your personal criteria for bestness.