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10 Best Beaches

By Jake Stevens

What makes a top beach destination? The picture postcard ideal of blue skies, crystal clear seas that lap the fine, white shore as palm trees sway over a hammock? Sun lovers everywhere will forever dispute the top ten beach destinations across the globe but if you combine its visual aspect with location, assess whether the beach itself has been awarded the respected Blue Flag for safety and cleanliness, list the amenities available and consider, dare we say it, popularity, then the following are strong contenders.

Whether it’s the praias of the Costas, the neighbouring islands or the more remote shorelines of the North; Spain has monopolised the beach holiday for over 4 decades. With golden sands lapped by the Mediterranean and lined with bars, restaurants and a wealth of fun activities satisfying every need, Spain became the perfect one-stop-shop for most tourists at the package holidays’ inception in the 60′s, through to today’s new millennium. Even with the advent of long haul travel, Spain still draws the crowds as it caters for travellers on any budget. The Balearic Islands and Canary Islands offer different packages from year round sunshine and sports to cultural discoveries and party towns. Perhaps lesser known are the rugged coastlines of the North West which face the Atlantic Ocean. Galicia is home to some of the more dramatic vistas and the shoreline of Las Islas Cies is emerging as one of the world’s top beaches.

The Algarve is another famous tourist spot, as it runs along the popular Southern coastline of Portugal neighbouring Spain. It’s famous amongst golfers, known for its amazing views from its greenery along the coast, and it boasts long beaches along its coastline which are punctuated by impressive rock formations which stand tall out into the Atlantic.

It is almost impossible to single out any one beach destination in the islands of the Caribbean. Each island possesses its own individual character but a shared renowned hospitality, palm-fringed shores and indulgent waters, as well as remote resorts and a wide range of facilities.

The South coast of Thailand and its islands offer some stunning panoramas and have long been the inspiration for travel novels – especially in resorts such as Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Krabi and Phuket. The Maldives, in the Indian Ocean, are made up of around 1,200 pristine atolls which all provide private resorts and amazing underwater gardens of coral in a beautiful setting just off the Equator. Ever popular with honeymooners, these destinations boast a wealth of luxury accommodation.

Australia’s vast shores differ from coast to coast. From the North, there’s Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, moving round to the East coast from the watersports of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef down to whale watching off Fraser Island. Head through the surfers paradise of the Gold Coast to the architectural wonders of Sydney and the famous Bondi Beach, round Melbourne and Adelaide in the South and over to the West coast just off of Perth to what is perhaps the most picturesque and untouched beaches across Rottnest Island.

Not an obvious choice, but the combination of a safari and beach holiday in Africa is becoming increasingly popular. In East Africa you’ll find Zanzibar, which boasts a rich culture and history as well as the adventure of the ‘Big 5′ wildlife safari. Relax afterwards and totally chill out on the amazing beaches in South Kenya, with their perfect white sands.

Man-made doesn’t have to mean no-go, as proved by the next two choices. The growing resort of Cancun is known as the Caribbean jewel of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Its relatively ‘new’ status means it was created with tourism in mind and caters perfectly to its beach loving market, plus it helps that it’s caressed by the warm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Red Sea holidays have galloped into the top 10 with now established resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada. With a plethora of all inclusive resorts, sculpted beaches and a raft of high quality watersports including world-class dive spots; these holidays can provide an affordable luxury.

Turkey has a variety of resorts set against a mountainous backdrop, with white sands and the warm blue Aegean seas. There are many activities to enjoy such as waterspouts, and you can enjoy some traditional culture too with the many bazaars and hammams. Idyllic spots include Olu Deniz, which was the setting for the film ‘Blue Lagoon’, and the Bodrum Peninsula in the Mugla Province.

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