Chase the sun to find the best beach destinations

If you’re dreaming of a white sand beach, crystalline waters and the gentle lap of the surf against the shore, don’t despair. It may be winter in the UK but there’s still a huge array sun-drenched beaches waiting for you. In the summer you can rely on Europe for some of the best beaches in the world, but for the colder months, look to Australia, Asia, Africa and even Spain for sun, sand and sea. For a taste of paradise, try the Cook Islands in Oceania.

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Top places for the best beach holidays in Italy

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With around 5,000 miles of coastline to choose from, the opportunities for holidays on the beach in Italy are endless.

Top places to enjoy the best beach holidays in the UK

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With thousands of miles of stunning coastline, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finding a beach holiday in the UK.

Best places for cheap beach holidays in Europe and beyond

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There’s no need to break the bank in the quest for the perfect beach holiday.

Best places for cheap beach holidays in Europe and beyond

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There’s no need to break the bank in the quest for the perfect beach holiday. If you stay close to home, there are plenty of places in Europe, such as the Bulgarian Riviera or Turkey, that combine value for money with stunning surroundings – go out of season and you’ll see the prices drop even further. Affordable accommodation in Thailand, Vietnam and Bali can make these destinations attractive to those on a budget, as well as New South Wales in Australia.

Discover cheap beach holidays in and outside Europe

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There’s no need to break the bank in the quest for the perfect beach holiday. If you stay close to home, there are plenty of places in Europe, such as the Bulgarian Riviera or Turkey, that combine value for money with stunning surroundings – go out of season and you’ll see the prices drop even further. Affordable accommodation in Thailand, Vietnam and Bali can make these destinations attractive to those on a budget, as well as New South Wales in Australia.

Best beach holidays in Europe in autumn and winter

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Autumn and winter don’t have to mean wrapping up. Even though the temperatures have dropped in the UK, you can still catch some rays with some of the best beach holidays in Europe. The blistering heat of summer may have mellowed, but Barcelona and its nearby beaches of Montgat, Sitges and Ocata Playa are still perfect for topping up the tan, as are the Algarve, the Canaries and Greece.

Places for the best beach holidays in the UK and Europe

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From award-winning family beaches and windswept stretches of sand, to scenic coves and surfing hotspots, the UK offers miles and miles of stunning coastline. Explore the golden sands in Devon, the vast sandy shores of Scotland or ride a donkey on Blackpool Beach. For a change of scene, consider a beach holiday in Croatia or Bulgaria, or stick to the classics with a Greek Island. The choice is yours.

Best beach holiday destinations near and far

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You can find some of the best beaches holidays in the world in Europe. The South of France offers sophisticated Mediterranean beach resorts, while some of the best surfing in the Continent can be had at Biarritz on the Atlantic Coast. For a taste of something completely different, though, the beaches in Asia, Australia and even Japan are worth the journey, offering exotic climes and wonderful marine life.

Top places for the best beach holidays in Italy

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With around 5,000 miles of coastline to choose from, the opportunities for holidays on the beach in Italy are endless. Choices range from vast stretches of sand with shallow waters for families, to secluded coves and naturist spots for couples. Or visit the Italian Riviera with its colourful seafront towns. Rome, Venice and Naples all offer local beaches on which to cool off from the city streets, while the beaches of Sicily, Campania and Puglia are sure to delight.

Best picks for last minute beach holidays from the UK

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A spur-of-the-moment beach holiday needn’t be impractical, hard to arrange or expensive. There are plenty of good deals which will have you basking in turquoise waters, sunbathing on sandy beaches, or surfing, sailing or snorkelling if that’s your bag. From Portugal’s Algarve coast to Spain’s ever-popular Costa Brava and the Greek islands, you’re sure to find a white-sand (or black volcanic?) beach on which to make your temporary home.

Best sunny beach holiday destinations near and far

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Sea breeze, white sand and warming sun – our guide to the best beach holidays on the planet can make your dreams reality. The Mediterranean is the first port of call for most Europeans, while Bulgaria’s Black Sea beaches and the sun-soaked Greek Islands are always worth consideration. Further afield, the Caribbean is renown for its amazing coastlines, while the Cook Islands offer a taste of true paradise.

Top picks for the best Spain beach holidays in September

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Delay autumn with a Spain beach holiday. From secluded coves in the Asturias to the family friendly beaches on the Costa del Sol, Spain’s beaches are still sunny when the leaves have started to fall at home. Discover the Balearic Islands of Menorca, Ibiza and Majorca, or hop over to the volcanic islands of the Canaries, where you can snorkel, sunbathe on black sands and hike up to volcano summits.

Top places to enjoy the best beach holidays in the UK

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With thousands of miles of stunning coastline, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finding a beach holiday in the UK. Set up your deckchairs on any of the outstanding award-winning beaches in Wales, English and Scotland, make sandcastles along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, or learn to surf in Cornwall or Wales. Wherever you choose to go, there’ll be a holiday rental for you.

Beach holidays in October and throughout the year: Top picks

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There are plenty of beach holidays throughout the year and all over the planet, from Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands, to Bali, Thailand and Malaysia. Australia’s beaches are legendary, while South Africa’s Cape Town offers luxury villas and dazzlingly white sands. For peace and serenity, Sidi Kaouki beach in Morocco, the Skeleton Coast ni Namibia and the Seychelles all offer crowd-free paradise.

Top picks for an unforgettable holiday on the beach

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Whether you’re looking for white sands on which to set up camp, or fancy an active holiday in the surf, there’s a beach holiday to suit all tastes. If guaranteed sun isn’t a deal breaker, then Cornwall’s coastline offers stunning beaches, family-friendly bays, picturesque harbour villages and watersports galore. South Africa’s beaches are a mecca for surfing and scuba diving, while dedicated sun-worshipers won’t be disappointed by Spain’s coastline.