The Best Places for a Beach Holiday This Year
There’s something special about a beach holiday. Not only do you get the sun, sand, and surf, but you can often go snorkelling and scuba diving, eat delicious seafood, and drink cocktails while catching up on all of those books you’ve been meaning to read for years.
However some beach destinations are simply better than others. Here are the best places for a beach holiday this year:
Thailand has some of the best beaches in the world. Head down to the islands and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Ko Phi Phi is where they filmed the movie The Beach, and is popular with tourists around the world. If you want to get certified so you can go scuba diving, Koh Tao is one of the best (and cheapest) places to learn to dive, and you’ll make friends with plenty of other like-minded people.
In fact Thailand has so many islands and beaches that it would take months to visit them all. Consider spending some time island-hopping so you can decide which ones are your favourites.
It’s hard not to think of a beach vacation and not think about Mexico. Along with the ever-popular Cancun, you’ll find places like Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel.
The main beach is located just minutes from the main road in Playa Del Carmen, and you’ll find excellent shopping and food here.
Cozumel is located in the Caribbean sea, and this tropical island has several sites where you’ll find ancient Mayan ruins. There are an impressive list of beaches here, but the scuba diving and snorkelling is what makes this place stand out. Dives range from 25ft to 130ft and both beginners and advanced divers will find plenty to see.
Images of the beaches in Vietnam are constantly featured on Instagram, and the best travel sites and blogs. Head to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the best places to explore incredible scenery.
For a laid-back and peaceful little town, be sure to stop by Mui Ne, which is just a few hours from Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll find a good range of both budget and luxury accommodation and restaurants, and plenty of good spots to kick back and relax. Nha Trang is another popular beach and resort town, and if you’re looking for a quiet place to sunbath with a cheap drink in hand, this is the place to go.
Australia is a vast country, but many of its biggest cities are situated on or near beaches. Bronte Beach in Sydney is a must-visit, however you can also consider making it part of a larger trip and going exploring the outback before spending some time in the Whitsundays.
If there’s one thing the Australians do well, it’s their beaches, and there’s also the Great Barrier Reef on Queensland’s doorstep, so consider jumping on a liveaboard for a few days and exploring this incredible underwater playground.