Top 10 Beach Holiday Locations
Do you dream of sun, sea and sand, but are not sure where to spend your next holiday? Our luxurious list of the top 10 beach holiday locations around the world will get those wanderlust juices flowing! From the Emerald Coast in Florida to the jaw-dropping Whitsunday Islands of Australia, we've rounded up the best beach holidays for you to browse. If you're still in two minds, why not check out our top holidays for 2017 as well - buckets and spades at the ready!
Ionian Islands, Greece
Greece holidays offer an almost limitless number of top beaches. The islands are some of the most picturesque in the world, with electric blue seas encircled by white cliffs, dappled green hills and picturesque mountain villages. The beaches are set in pretty rocky coves and wooded inlets and are a mixture of sand and shingle. The water here is perfect for swimming and snorkelling and offers a taste of traditional Greece, which is ideal for those after a quiet getaway.
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Want paradise beaches and a great tan? This Caribbean island has coral-fringed sandy beaches that are famous for diving and snorkelling. Even if you’re not a diver you can explore the magnificent marine life during your Mexico holidays by hopping on a gorgeous glass bottom boat ride, renting paddle boards and kayaks or chilling out on a cool catamaran cruise! Among the best beaches on the island are Playa San Francisco and Playa Palancar. Cozumel has plenty of watersports for those that like to make a splash and is ideal for couples and families, or why not pamper yourself and your partner with a stay in a romantic five-star hotel in Mexico.
Emerald Coast, Florida, United States
Florida is the perfect family holiday destination and with a stunning range of 4-star hotels, all inclusive resorts and amazing villas, the Sunshine State is one of the most popular destinations year round. Be ahead of the crowds this year and take a trip to the famous Emerald Coast, which boasts some of Florida's most idyllic beaches. Its sugar-white sands and turquoise waters are made for water babies! Chill out amid nature reserves, hit the theme parks, go diving, snorkelling and sailing or sample some great fishing off the resorts of Destin and Fort Walton Beach. This largely undiscovered gem is characterised by rolling dunes fringed with graceful sea oats (grass). If you're in the mood for beaches, magical kingdoms and rollercoasters, then check out our top Florida holidays.
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The Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
The 74 Whitsunday Islands, dotted off the coast of Queensland, are almost all national park and offer a back-to-nature experience alongside luxury hotels, pristine white sand beaches, coral reefs and some of the best sailing waters in Australia. Whitsunday Island’s 6km Whitehaven Beach is among the finest in Oz and once you sink your toes into it's powder soft sands, you'll never want to leave. Check out the eight palm-fringed beaches at the unspoilt seaside town of Bowen, too.
Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand
Ao Nang is one of Thailand’s longest and loveliest beaches with shallow waters and a seascape dotted with fascinating rock formations. Located in Krabi, the area also offers rock climbing, diving and forests with picturesque caves and waterfalls. If you're up for some island hopping, our Thailand holidays are perfect for you, just jump on a water taxi and head for the next sun-kissed shore.
If you fancy a change of scenery, swap spectacular sands for lush tropical forests and go on an elephant excursion - Thailand is one of the top places to see elephants in the world!
Ostriconi, Corsica, France
Ostriconi is one of the many unspoilt beaches on the fancy French island of Corsica. With very fine sand and clear, safe waters, it’s a popular spot for family holidays. Other beautiful beaches on Corsica include Mare e Sole (south of the Gulf Of Ajaccio), Palombaggia (south of Porto Vecchio) and Marinella for its shallow sloping sands. Plage de Saleccia is more difficult to get to but its talcum white sands are worth the trip.
If you're after a little Ooh La La, there are plenty of romantic regions that are perfect for a valentines break in France.
You simply cannot have a rundown of the top beach holidays around the world without mentioning this jaw-dropping archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The white sand atolls and kaleidoscopic waters teem with fish. For snorkellers, scuba divers, beach lovers, couples and families looking for the ultimate tropical escape, the Maldives and its incredible range of luxury hotels tops the charts. For cracking Maldives holiday offers, look no further!
With some of the world’s most pristine and secluded beaches and many spectacular bays, this tropical island paradise is certainly a honeymoon hotspot. If you like your hotels to be on the luxurious side, there are several to choose from here. The snorkelling is excellent and the lush vegetation covering the island is teeming with wildlife and rare species. If you get fed up of one stretch of picture-perfect beach, simply find another.
Taba Heights, Egypt
With a mountain backdrop that shifts colour from mauve to orange depending on the time of day, the five kilometres of beach along the wild desert coast of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula lead into the clear waters of the Red Sea, known for its coral reefs. Snorkel close to shore or take a boat out to dive the underwater drop-offs - Egypt holidays offer adventure and a fantastic climate. Water-skiing, parasailing and sailing are all popular activities here, too, and the sandy beaches offer safe swimming for children, making it the perfect destination for fun winter sun holidays.
Essaouira has a beautiful beach that curves for several kilometres and is a real haven for those who want a break from the buzz of Morocco’s cities. Windsurfing is a popular pastime, so it's worth hiring equipment and booking some lessons while you're here. Otherwise, just kick back and relax on the sand or add a touch of history to your Morocco holidays and find out about the forts of the old city. You’ll be following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, who liked to hang out there!