The Top 10 Destinations for Beach Lovers – Unsurprisingly, when people get time off, millions go to a seaside town searching for rest. The beach is always a good idea, with its miles of white sand, turquoise waves, swaying palm palms, and relaxing atmosphere. A beach is a perfect place to experience something new, whether lounging in the sun, snorkelling in warm, clear seas or testing your athletic abilities with various adrenaline-pumping activities. Not all tropical getaways are created equal, so we’ve compiled a list of our ten favourite places to kick back and relax on a beach throughout the globe.
Thailand’s tropical beaches are known worldwide for their breathtaking beauty due to their sugary white sand, beautiful blue seas, and lush tropical vegetation. Some of them have been ruined by too much attention from tourists. Who can forget The Beach? Unfortunately, the idyllic paradise described in the cult backpacker novel of the ’90s is no longer so easily accessible on the Andaman coast of Thailand. The island of Phi Phi is not without its hidden treasures, however. And some of the country’s most opulent hotels, like the world-famous Soneva Kiri, have their stretch of untouched beach.
The best season to visit Thailand is from November to February when the temperatures are mild and the rains are few. November through February have the lowest average temperatures and the least precipitation. However, if you must visit, try to schedule your trip via India Airways outside the rainy season (July through October).
Picking a favourite beach in the Philippines may seem daunting, with the country’s more than 7,000 islands boasting stunning white sand beaches lapped by warm blue waters and magnificent coral reefs. El Nido in Palawan, often referred to as the Philippines’ last frontier, is undeniably one of the best destinations in the country due to the fantastic limestone formations, towering cliffs, prehistoric caves, and roaring waterfalls found in the area.
The Philippines has two seasons that are optimal for travel. It rains from May through October due to the southwest monsoon and is dry from November through early May due to the northeast monsoon. The wet season typically begins in June, reaches its height from July to September, and gradually winds down by October. Typhoons often strike the east coast from June through November and cause widespread damage. January through May is peak tourist season.
Northern America and Canada
Some of the world’s most beautiful undeveloped beaches may be found in the Pacific Northwest, namely Second Beach in Olympic National Park (United States) and Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park (Canada). These regions are some of the wettest on Earth, so a tropical paradise is out of the question. You may hear the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean and see a whale breaching in the distance as you stroll along the kilometres of sandy beaches here.
The optimal time to go is variable. Many people visit to experience the storms that can occur in the winter. July and August would be ideal due to lower rainfall, higher average temperatures, and more sunlight; nonetheless, morning fog is a common problem during this period.
The beaches in Queensland, Australia, are some of the best in the world, with hundreds of them. You’ll quickly see why Whitehaven Beach, on the biggest of the Whitsunday Islands, is consistently ranked among the world’s most beautiful beaches; at almost 3.7 miles (6 km) in length, it has sparkling silica sand, among the clearest in the world. Along the eastern side of Fraser Island is Seventy-five Mile Beach, a fabulous beach with miles upon miles of pristine sand and sea and a vast array of wildlife. It is a top destination for four-wheel driving enthusiasts from all over the world.
April through October (winter in Australia) is the most fantastic time because of the warmer temperatures and lower rainfall. The visibility is best for divers at this time of year. From November through April (Australian summer), Queensland experiences high temperatures, high humidity, and occasional cyclones.
SAINT JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND
Some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches are right on the doorsteps of Cape Town, sometimes called South Africa’s Mother City and, IMHO, the world’s most beautiful city, at the foot of the legendary Table Mountain. You may find a stretch of sand to your liking anywhere along the coast of South Africa, from the family-friendly beaches of False Bay to the luxurious beaches frequented by the affluent and famous along the breathtaking Atlantic Seaboard. Camps Bay, Clifton, and Llandudno are my favourite beaches in Cape Town.
Cape Town’s best time to come is during the hot, dry summer, which lasts from the end of October to the beginning of March. Between December and February, when the temperatures are at their highest, Cape Town is widely considered to have the best beach weather.
HAWAII (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
The Hawaiian islands are home to the world’s most beautiful beaches and jaw-dropping natural surroundings (active volcanoes, high cliffs, and lush rainforest). Some are constructed around the high drama of powerful waves crashing against sharp lava rocks; others are so far out that you can only get there by landing on a boat or a helicopter; and still, others are so well-hidden and beautiful must remain undisclosed. The islands of Kauai and Maui are ideal for a tranquil beach vacation (but also incredible vistas outside of resorts).
It may seem counterintuitive, but the ideal times to visit Hawaii are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) off-season, when prices are lower, and the islands are less congested and have consistently pleasant weather. The winter months (December–March) are notoriously unpredictable. Travel via United Economy Airlines for best discounts.
French Polynesia, consisting of 118 islands in the South Pacific Ocean, features, as may be expected, some fantastic shorelines. Bora Bora, a beautiful tiny slipper of land about 12 miles (19 km) long, is located in the most mesmerizing lagoon in French Polynesia and is surrounded by excellent white sand beaches. Bora Bora is a must-visit destination for the jet set because of its luxurious over-water villas set against a lush tropical setting and the world’s most picturesque lagoon.
The dry season (European winter) is May to October, whereas the rainy season (Polynesian summer) is November to April. Humidity levels may soar throughout these months, and storms might strike anytime. May through October, the islands’ “dry season,” has milder temperatures and almost no precipitation, making it prime vacation time.
Turks and Caicos
Surrounded by the world’s third-largest coral reef, the Turks and Caicos Islands are home to some of the world’s most beautiful powder-white sand beaches and otherworldly blue waters. In contrast to their neighbouring Bahamas to the west, which went mainstream with its lost-on-the-way-to-Las-Vegas resorts, the Turks have gone upmarket in the last decade, establishing a series of highly opulent hotels without much fanfare.
The best time to visit Turks & Caicos is between December and March, which coincide with the islands’ dry seasons and the high season for tourism in the Caribbean. However, April and May are the best months to visit Turks and Caicos because of the mild weather, lower prices, and smaller crowds. While the islands enjoy year-round sunshine and temperatures in the 80s, they do have a rainy season from June to November, when hurricanes are a real possibility.
The Maldives are the exposed coral peaks of an underwater volcanic mountain range that extends over 500 miles (800 km) to the south of India and, at its outer edge, plunges to depths of over 2 miles (3 km). The islands include unparalleled luxury resorts, magnificent marine life, and breathtaking white beaches.
The ideal time to visit is from January to April, the peak season with the highest hotel rates. June is the height of the monsoon season, which lasts from May through October. Since there is nothing to do on a rainy day besides drink, work out, or scuba dive, avoiding the area and saving money by travelling during the dry season is best. Although often called the “dry season,” November and December have been exceptionally turbulent in recent years.
The Seychelles archipelago, comprising 115 picturesque islands in the Indian Ocean east of Kenya, was a gift from Mother Nature. The beaches of Seychelles are some of the most stunning in the world, with their pure white sand, turquoise seas, palm tree-covered hills, and large granite rocks.
Seychelles is promoted as a desirable vacation spot all through the year. However, bad weather, specifically rain, is more likely from November through March. Calm seas and mild temperatures make October and April ideal for travel. Wind (with consequent seaweed on the south and south-easterly sides of the islands) and stormy waves are possible during the dry seasons (May to September).