Best beach holidays in the world
Whether it has bright white, volcanic black or pink shades of sand, the beach has firmly established itself as the world's favourite destination for a holiday. While weekend city breaks and mountain retreats have their place, there's no better way to escape than lounging in the Whitsunday Islands off the tropical coast of Queensland, or jetting off for some fun in the sun in the Caribbean for a couple of weeks.
There are approximately 560,000,000 metres of coastline that create our countries and continents, but, as always, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve travelled the world and its seven seas to find the best best holidays that our planet has to offer. It can be hard to define what makes one beach holiday better than another, for example, how do you compare Florida’s bustling Gulf Coast to the remote serenity of Bora Bora, Tahiti? So, we have compiled a varied shortlist of unparalleled paradise. From tranquil untouched stretches of powder through bountiful barrier reefs to superb surfing spots, we’ve found something for everyone.
Welcome to the best beach holidays in the world, where every entrant on our all-encompassing list is living proof that, when sea meets sand, beautiful things can happen.
Best beach holidays in Africa:
Africa might be well-known for its rolling plains and fantastic safaris, but there’s so much more to this diverse continent. Africa’s beaches are abundant with swaying palms and home to some of the world's most stunning coastal wildlife, including penguins and whales. So emerge from the bushes and sink your toes in to the golden sands of Mombasa, Zanzibar and more for a unique African experience.
Kenya's Coastal Province
Western Cape, South Africa
Best beach holidays in Australia & New Zealand:
If the colourful fish and thrilling excursions in the Great Barrier Reef and Piha Beach aren’t enough of an excuse to head to Australia or its neighbour New Zealand, then we think the alluring Gold Coast, the sparkling sands of Ninety Mile Beach, bubbling hot springs and the remote Whitsundays islands will be. Two countries full of natural splendour, adrenaline-soaring activities, an abundance of wildlife and azure reefs...what more could you ask for? Find out more with our travel guides.
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Best beach holidays in the Caribbean:
With palm trees aplenty, emerald waters, warm sands and a peaceful ambience, you’ll be correct in thinking that you’ve arrived in paradise when you visit the tranquil and tropical beaches of the Caribbean. There are so many sun-soaked sanctuaries dotted around this stunning region that it’s just so hard to choose the best, so we've shared some of them below.
Dickenson Bay, Antigua
Hawksbill Beaches, Antigua
Crane Beach, Barbados
Platinum Coast, Barbados
South coast, Barbados
Varadero Beach, Cuba
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
Best beach holidays in the Far East & Asia:
Immerse yourself in a fully Zen experience by heading to Asia for your next beach holiday. With black volcanic sands, blue lagoons, vibrant temples and palm-lined shores; these beaches offer something truly unique wherever you go. Read our travel guides and take your pick of the fascinating beaches and excursions on offer, including intimate islands, limestone rock climbing and the Pearl of the Andaman - A treasure trove of exciting experiences.
Hua Hin, Thailand
Khao Lak, Thailand
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Best beach holidays in the Indian Ocean:
Delve into the picture-postcard beaches adorning your desktop wallpaper with a trip to the vast, scenic beaches along the Indian Ocean. If you daydream about relaxing on an exotic, secluded island, simply whiling the day away with a dip in the crystal clear sea and sunbathing on the warm sand, then we have the perfect Indian Ocean beaches for you. Put down that coconut cocktail and find out more with our travel guides.
Best beach holidays in South America:
Whether you like to party on the beach till dawn, catch your dinner by a local fishing village, explore the surrounding rainforests for exotic wildlife, or simply sunbathe in the sun, it’s no doubt the eclectic South American beaches will tick all the right boxes. We have a collection of travel guides to help you choose how you want to enjoy the sublime stretches of sand and turquoise seas, so grab your flip flops and get ready for a holiday to remember.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tayrona National Park, Colombia
Best beach holidays in the USA:
Take a good ol’ American road trip in the USA and you’ll find brilliant seaside playgrounds with something for all the family. With sea lions in Laguna Niguel, the hippy vibe of Venice Beach, art deco Miami, volcano backdrops in Hawaii and quintessential Cape Cod beaches, there’s so many beach holidays to bask in as you make your way through the States. Look through our travel guides and pick your favourite.
Laguna Niguel, California
Lake Tahoe, California
Los Angeles, California
Monterey Bay, California
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
North Gulf Coast, Florida
South Gulf Coast, Florida
St Pete Beach, Florida
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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