Top 10 beach destinations

In terms of relaxation and really getting away from the world, you can’t beat a beach holiday. There’s something about sun, sea, and sand that drives our cares from the world and lets us truly unwind from work and the day-to-day turmoil of life.

If you’re planning a beach getaway, an apartment, cottage, or villa is a great way to have a luxurious holiday at a fantastic price. And if you choose one of our top 10 great destinations you’ll get to enjoy some of the finest beaches the world has to offer too! From the luxurious to the budget friendly, and from the tropical to the temperate, we explore the very best beaches.

Calp, Spain | Photo by Daria Nepriakhina

10. Spain

Spain is still the budget destination for coastal holidays. The beaches are beautiful - if busy - the towns and cities are some of the most culturally vibrant in the world, the atmosphere is energetic, and the sun never seems to hide! From the bustling Costa del Sol to the quieter Costa Brava, Spain has an incredible amount to offer.

Thailand | Photo by Mason Jones

9. Thailand

Thailand has a wide choice of perfect tropical beaches, both on the mainland and on the islands of Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi islands, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan. Discover gorgeous scenery with impressive cliffs and tropical views, with the advantage of clear waters and interesting marine life for snorkeling or diving.

Black River, Mauritius | Photo by Xavier Coiffic

8. Mauritius

Mauritius is a luxury destination where idyllic beaches are guaranteed. The weather can be relied upon almost any time of year, so there is no better reason to swap the gloomy climes of the UK for the paradise island of Mauritius. The beaches are beautiful and clean, and the waters are warm and inviting.

Porthcurno, UK | Photo by Charisse Kenion

7. Cornwall

Despite being unable to guarantee tropical weather, Cornwall really is a fantastic beach holiday destination. The traditional Victorian seaside towns of the south coast and the sprawling sands of the north make Cornwall a very popular spot. It boasts the best surf in the UK and by far our most beautiful, idyllic, and exciting beaches.

CocoCay, The Bahamas | Photo by Peter Hansen

6. Bahamas

The Bahamas are one of the most popular luxury beach escapes in the world for a number of reasons. The beaches are perfect, the sea life is incredible, the island is modern and luxurious, and the food is delicious. The sandy beaches here offer you a true glimpse of paradise!

Cannes, France | Photo by Nick Karvounis

5. Cote d’Azur

The stunning Cote d’Azur is famous as a playground for the rich and famous, from the film festival at Cannes to the casino at Monte Carlo. And you can see why, with perfect beaches and magnificent seaside towns. Inland you can explore historic sites and rolling sun-bathed countryside.

Bondi Beach, Australia | Photo by Alex King

4. Australia

Australia’s beaches are the stuff of legend thanks to coral reefs, some of the world’s best surf, and the sheer scale of their sands and beauty. Australia is a gorgeous country, and a beach holiday here offers you a perfect mixture of relaxation and sightseeing in the outback.

Ipanema, Brazil | Photo by aquachara

3. Brazil

Brazil is famous for its breathtaking beaches throughout the country. It’s not as popular as many of our other top beach destinations but it is well worth a journey for more adventurous travellers. The sights on offer are staggering, from lush rainforests to the sprawling urban life of Rio de Janeiro.

Cancún, Mexico | Photo by Omer Rana

2. Cancun

Cancun in Mexico is one of the most popular resort and villa destinations in the world, thanks to beautiful tropical weather, vast white sandy beaches, and crystal blue waters. Throughout the region you can explore ancient Mayan temples, tropical lagoons, mangrove inlets, and picturesque waterfalls and sinkholes.

Fort Myers Beach, Florida | Photo by Taryn Manning

1. Florida

Florida has it all; warm weather, beautiful isolated islands, vast swathes of sandy shores, cities with beaches, breathtaking national parks and, of course, add all these together and you can see why it’s the most popular family beach destination in the world for good.

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