Beaches & Islands

Islands & Beaches

Golden sands, white sands, crystal clear waters, warm weather!

One of the top 5 reasons why people travel…..




Cape Verde

If deserted beaches are your forte, then head to this place.  The islands are blessed with crowd-free waters.



Ever heard of the Dahlak Archipelago in the Red Sea?  Beautiful beaches without the crowds.  The out-of-way destination makes access difficult though.


The Gambia

A thin, tiny country with a big appetite for packaged holidaymakers from Europe.



The coast is renowned to have superb beaches.


Kenya has one of the leading beach destinations in all of Africa, including the famed Diani Beach.






Nosy Be, meaning ‘big island’, the major resort island of the country with also smaller surrounding islands.



The country is well known for its great beaches that line the Indian Ocean coast. The Bazuruto Archipelago is a group of islands with renowned clear waters, beaches, reefs and islets.


Sao Tome & Principe

The island itself is dotted with deserted palm-fringed beaches coupled with white sand.  This is very rare unspoilt beauty.  Best access is via Lisbon, Portugal.



Cap Skiring, an area in the Casamance region, has top class hotels with some of the best beaches in West Africa; as such, it has an airport, mainly for tourist package holidays.



The coast is home to the world famous Mediterranean Sea on its shores, making this country a perfect beach holiday getaway, coupled with hours of sunshine; from Hammamet to Sousse.





Bali is one of the most famous islands in Southeast Asia. Every kind of accommodation, many beaches, volcanic mountains and a buzzing, lively scene in many areas make Bali a hot favourite with so many travellers. Quieter Lombok, and the Gili Islands are also popular. There are also 17,000 other islands!



Malaysia is home to a good number of gorgeous islands. Penang is the most developed, while next door is Langkawi, perhaps the second most popular island in the nation.  Pangkor and Tioman are less frequented and contain many beautiful beaches.  The Perhentian Islands, a relatively unknown gem off the east coast, is blessed with white sand and crystal-clear waters.  The beaches in Sabah and Sarawak are very inviting, and best of all, uncrowded.



The most tantalizing and visually stimulating of all the South-East Asian countries, the islands and beaches of Thailand will corrupt you to stay for days and weeks; excellent beaches, great diving and various water activities. Phuket is the number one resort island of Thailand, famed for it’s many first class hotels and resorts, good beaches, excellent nightlife, restaurants bars and cafes; this is the most developed and largest of all the islands in the country, but also the most varied.  Also Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, Krabi (stunning limestone backdrops), Ko Samui (popular choice on east coast), Ko Pha Ngan (backpackers).  There are dozens of other beautiful islands.



The Philippines are an island hopping extravaganza! Over 7000 islands are home to the some of the best beaches in the region. Boracay is famed for its incredible white sand and clear waters.



The very long coastline has a string of towns and great beaches, including NHA TRANG, where some of the best beaches can be found in Vietnam.  HALONG BAY is a beautiful area where thousands of stunning and surreal limestone formations rise out of the sea.  Also the – in the south.



Indian Sub-Continent & Indian Ocean



Another country where the coastline is never-ending, India is blessed with a sublime climate and wickedly gorgeous beaches. There is the famous area of Goa, and Kerala to name a few.  Also, try the ANDAMAN ISLANDS and LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS – paradise without the tourists.



The Maldives conjures up images of crystal clear waters and unimaginable sea colours. Those images are true.  Over a thousand ‘atolls’! Many resorts sit on some of the world’s best beaches.  Constantly voted the best by so many tourist organisations, magazines and other well-known bodies.


Sri Lanka

Totally surrounded by the sea, Sri Lanka’s beaches are one of it’s most famous attractions; blue turquoise waters, warm climate and clarity to rival some of the world’s best; excellent resorts also line the coast.


Indian Ocean


Great and exclusive resorts are on some of the best islands on the planet. The best beaches in the world are found here, it’s as simple as that. Particularly on the island of Mahe – surrounded by a coral reef and home to some 70 odd beaches – many of them with pure unpolluted white sand. PRASLIN ISLAND, the country’s second largest island, is blessed with aqua-blue waters, white sandy beaches and fine resorts. Anse Lazio is reputed to be the best beach on the island.  Seychelles however, is an upmarket and expensive destination.



One island nation: Top, upmarket destination with mainly 4 & 5-star resorts.  Excellent coves and beaches make this a favourite among many travellers.



Middle East


Oman enjoys a spectacular coastline, and many deserted, clean beaches can be found.  Excellent high-standard resorts feature in the region.



On the Mediterranean Coast, beautiful beaches, coves and bays make way for sun-drenched seaside resorts along the famed coast but also with a plethora of archaeological sites including those found near to and south of Antalya.  Also, the spectacular and wonderful coastline of the Aegean Coast.



Oceania & Pacific Ocean



Well, Australia is known as the world’s largest island, it’s no wonder there are thousands of kilometres of coastline. In Victoria, try the beaches along the Great Ocean Road; Phillip Island; the famous 90-mile beach in eastern Victoria (the longest straight coastal area in the world) and the unspoilt beaches of Wilson’s Promontory.  In NSW, try the beaches along the south coast and the famous beaches of the Northern Coast. Or try the Queensland Islands, including South Stradbroke, Fraser, Heron, Lady Elliot, Lady Musgrave, Great Keppel, Brampton, Lindeman, Hamilton (the most developed), Long, South Molle, Daydream, Hayman (5 star Luxury), Whitsunday (Whitehaven Beach is one of the world’s best beaches), Dunk, Orpheus, Bedarra, Green, Fitzroy, Lizard.  In Western Australia, the beaches are, quite frankly, endless.   Try Broome, dubbed by many as the best stretch of beach in Australia.



The Mamanucas and Yasawa Island groups are some on offer, along with dozens of others. From budget to absolute luxury, Fiji has it all.  The nation offers the most comprehensive list of islands and resorts in the South Pacific, and perhaps the crossroads of Oceania.



Main Island is Efate, under-rated destination but splendid, easy-going, safe, beautiful.  There are about 80 other islands to be explored, including Tanna, Santo and Pentecost.


French Polynesia (Tahiti): Bora Bora & Moorea are top rated, some of the most gorgeous and picturesque lagoons in the world.  Famous around the world and seen in exquisite photography.



The Ha’apai and Vavua island groups are under-rated, however, they contain pristine, unspoilt islands & waters.  Beaches, caves and reefs dot the island of Tongatapu.


New Caledonia

The Ille de Pins is picture perfect, one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Pacific. More paradise beaches is found on the Loyalty Islands. There are 4 main islands – all raised coral atolls – Lifou, Mare, Tiga and Ouvea – home to perfect white sandy beaches and fringing reefs.



In Micronesia, the Rock Islands are spectacular and many will say – unforgettable. A tropical paradise and worshipped by many; snorkel, dive or kayak; among these mushrooms-shaped ‘rock’ islands feature incredible blue waters, rich marine life (some of the most varied marine life in the world), rich wildlife on the green lush land,  limestone caves, lakes and pristine white beaches.


Cook Islands

Aitutaki Lagoon is amongst the world’s best. Muri Beach is also a nice little gem.



Both Western and American Samoa, not as highly touristy as other destinations.  Samoa has many white sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, steep gorges, one of the world’s largest blowholes, forested mountains, sleeping volcanos, and warm hospitality – and all crowd-free.


Hawaii (USA)

Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii. Very developed but also stunning in many ways. Such a varied landscape of islands, famous surf beaches, national parks, and volcanoes!!



Off the beaten track island destination for those who’ve got the patience to get there.  Untouched, pristine, remote.


Marshall Islands

Laura Beach, one of the best beaches on Majuro with pristine white sand; and the many diving opportunities that exist around the island



Pristine beaches and coral reefs on this large archipelago, particularly on Kosrae.  Remote and isolated.



Many parts of the island are untouched, with crystal clear waters, rock pools, many caves and fringing reefs.  Nuie is not known for its many sandy beaches and no lagoons, but reef pools are the go.


Northern Mariana Islands

Excellent beaches and clear waters make up the Marianas, including Micro Beach, and the islands of Tinian and Rota. The nation is heavily influenced by the USA, and is a territory of the US.


Papua New Guinea

Hundreds of islands are on offer in New Guinea; from remote ones to more accessible ones and plenty with pure and unspoilt beaches, traditional villages and culture untouched by western society. The main islands include New Britain, New Ireland, the Manus Group, Bougainville and Admiralty Island.


Solomon Islands

With under 1000 islands, its no wonder this is on the list.  Visit Marovo Lagoon, the world’s largest island-enclosed lagoon and is full of reefs, islands and sand bars.


Wallis & Futuna

Wallis, the main island of the group, is circled by a fringing reef (surrounding lagoon).  Neighbouring Alofi has beautiful pristine white sand beaches and can be accessed by boat.  Hard-to-get to place, a French territory, access is only from New Caledonia.



Caribbean Sea



The tiny territory of the Caribbean is blessed with some of the most gorgeous beaches in the region.


Antigua & Barbuda

Many people come to experience the many white sanded beaches found in this country.



The beaches in Aruba are nothing short of stunning.  White sand beaches abound everywhere, particularly Palm Beach.



The ISLANDS and BEACHES in the Bahamas are simply the world’s finest.  White sands, crystal clear waters, abundant marine life are all part of the norm.



The BEACHES on Barbados are nothing short of dazzling. One highlight is the amazing pink and white sands beaches found on the island. 


British Virgin Islands

The BVI’S have a plethora of bays, coves, beaches and islands.


Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.



One of the top hotspots in the Caribbean. Very established and many resorts to choose from. Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios the most popular.


Turks & Caicos Islands

Excellent beaches on beautiful islands are the main attraction at this island tropical getaway, a relatively remote yet a still, well-accessed destination.


Dominican Republic

A large country in the Caribbean makes way for very commercial beach resort areas, however, the beaches are reputable.  Popular areas include the Amber Coast, Playa Dorada and Punta Cana. 


US Virgin Islands

On St Thomas, Magen’s Bay is regarded as one of the Top 10 beaches in the world, and rightly so, was also voted by a top travel magazine. Other magnificent beaches include Renaissance Grand Beach, Cohi Point Beach (wonderful coral and great for snorkelling), Sapphire Beach, Lindquist Beach, Brewers Bay and Limetree Beach.  Most of them have pure white sand and turquoise crystal clear waters.  Resorts are abundant. St Croix and St John are also famed for their excellent white-sanded beaches and crystal clear waters. Trunk Bay is particularly dazzling.


St Barthelemy

Luxury comes to mind for this sophisticated of islands, it’s expensive and glamorous, fashionable and affluent, St Barts attracts the rich and famous. The island is famed for its white sand beaches, there is 14 in total –  and they include St Jean, Anse des Cayes Beach and Lorient.


St Eustatius


St Kitts & Nevis

The country is renowned for its excellent beaches, especially to be found in the south of the island of St Kitts. Beaches around the island of St Kitt’s include it’s many beaches, with names like Frigate Bay (this is the main hotel/resort area of the island); Friar’s Bay (north and south – on both sides of the island); White House Bay; Cockleshell Bay; Banana Bay; Turtle Beach and Sand Bank BeachOn Nevis, Pinney’s Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, excellent waters, fine sand, on a lagoon.



Beaches and resorts south of the capital, including Pointe du Bout (the most built up and developed resort area), Anse Mitan, Anses-d’Arlets, Ste Anne and Diamond Beach.


St Lucia

Many resorts are located on the best-unspoilt beaches: they include Choc Bay, Reduit Beach, Vigie Beach and Pigeon Point; beaches south of Castries include La Toc Beach, Marigot Bay, Anse Couchon, Anse Chastanet, Anse des Pitons and Vieux Fort


St Maarten

The island’s many white sand BEACHES offer the perfect Caribbean getaway including Mullet Bay Beach, Maho Bay Beach, Simpson Bay Beach (a mile-long white sanded beach), Little Bay, Great Bay, and Dawn Bay (recognised for its offshore underwater reefs, ideal for snorkelling) and Oyster Pond Beach.

Excellent snorkelling and windsurfing opportunities exist.


St Martin

The French side, on the same island as St Maarten (above). The brilliant BEACHES are what draws people to the island, including Grand Case Beach, Baie Longue and Baie Rouge, Orient Beach (a nudist beach) and Cupecoy Bay BeachIlet Pinel, off the east coast of the island, is an isolated islet known for excellent white sand beaches and good snorkelling.


St Vincent & The Grenadines

Most of the beaches on the island are black-sand (volcanic), however, beaches with white and golden sand exist. The Grenadines are the small group of islands south of St. Vincent, which are renowned for their beautiful crowd-free deserted beaches, beautiful lagoons, coral, reef and marine life.



The Grand Anse Beach is reputedly the best beach in Grenada.


French-flavoured island is blessed with white sanded beaches and clear waters.


Trinidad & Tobago

A Caribbean location, this is a seaside resort destination and including Maracas Bay – a magnificent bay with an excellent beach and white sand to match; Blanchisseuse Bay and Manzanilla Beach. Tobago is tempting for those who seek less materialism and greater untouched beauty; pristine bays and beaches include Turtle Beach, Pigeon Point, Back Bay, Englishman’s Bay and Man O’War Bay.


Netherland Antilles

Bonaire and Curacao have some of the Caribbean’s best, most unspoilt and secluded BEACH locations; a hidden treasure away from the main island developments of the Caribbean.


Puerto Rico

Many beach resorts are scattered around the island and they include Condado, Cerromar, resorts in between Aguadilla and Mayaguez, Cabo and Boqueron Beach, Luquillo Beach and Palmas Del Mar.



Central America



The two main Cayes are Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, a splendid barrier reef system off the coast of Belize is home to an abundant number of cayes (or keys), low-lying islands which are spread throughout the Caribbean waters.  The coral reef is perhaps the most untouched and unspoilt in the world.



The Caribbean Coast & Corn Islands: also known as the Mosquito Coast. The Corn Islands, located right in the Caribbean Sea, are a paradise of the country, and perhaps the best-kept secret: white-sanded beaches, crystal clear waters, reef and coral. Go snorkelling and swimming. Comprised of Big Corn and Little Corn Island.



North America



On the Pacific Coast, Acapulco, the town that put Mexico on the tourist map; also Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.  On the Caribbean Coast, the mammoth tourist resort area of Cancun is world-famous and world-class; it is the perfect white sand beaches of Cancun that bring people back time and time again; also Cozumel – is a large island off the Yucatan Peninsula, which is part of a massive reef system.  Also, Baja California has miles and miles of deserted beaches.



Florida and the Florida Keys.  Hawaii.


Atlantic Ocean



Off the Eastern U.S coast, pink and white sand beaches found throughout the island group.


Canary Islands (Spain)

Part of Spain, the islands Lanzarote and Tenerife (within a group of other smaller islands), has long been a British favourite.   Beautiful, yet very popular and can often get crowded in parts.



South America



The Brazilian juggernaut is perhaps the greatest coastline in South America, and certainly the longest.   From Rio to Bahia and beyond, Brazil provides plenty of sand, surf and sun to satisfy many.  Although Brazil is such a large and wide country, many people do not consider Brazil as a pure ‘beach’ destination.



The CARIBBEAN COAST has a huge array of resorts, islands, and excellent beaches.  All accommodation types are found here; ISLA DE MARGARITA or Margarita Island is a great tourist resort spot with excellent beaches, many hotels and resorts and duty-free shopping centres.



Europe (Mediterranean Gems)



The spectacular Adriatic coast is teeming with islands, still virtually untouched by mass European tourism.



Sardinia, Sicily and Isle of Capri:  Boot-shaped Italy is surrounded by both the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.



The enigmatic Greek Islands! Truly one of the greatest island archipelagos in the world for beaches, landscapes, history, fun, excitement, food, drink, nightlife! Perhaps the most vivid and exciting of all island groups in the Med, the Greek Islands have long been a favourite for decades.  In one word: legendary.



Malta, Gozo and Comino: a combo of just 3 islands in the heart of the Mediterranean.  Malta’s islands are loved by many northern Europeans who flock here yearly to bake in the reliable sun and bath in the exquisite blue waters of the Med.   Awesome religious monuments and mind-blowing historical sites provide a backup to your island holiday.



The ‘coasts’ of Spain is what makes this country so popular with holiday-makers. the amazing and very long coastline of Spain has no shortage of great beaches, fantastic resorts and endless aquatic activity. There are so many and they include the Costa Verde, Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, Costa Del Azahar, Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol – the most popular and most developed coastline in Spain; and Costa de la Luz; tHE ISLANDS of Spain attract thousands of Europeans, especially British package tourists every year, they come for the sun, sand and nightlife that is so typical of a Spanish island holiday. BALEARIC ISLANDS consists of 3 main islands –  Mallorca – the largest, most developed and most well-known of the three, with the main town of Palma de Mallorca (or Palma), Menorca and Ibiza – one of the nightclub capitals of Europe) and Also THE CANARY ISLANDS,  located off the northwest coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean, including  Tenerife and  Lanzarote the more popular.



Corsica, the French Riviera (Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo-Monaco) are the standout attractions.



Far south of the country, along the southern coast, the Algarve region stretches from the border of Spain in the east and west to Cape St Vincent. Well known area and is very geared up for tourism;  great beaches and good resorts all along the coast, Faro is the Algarve capital. The Northern coast has some wonderful beach resorts on the Costa Verde, and also the country’s second largest city, Porto. Madeira is a favourite island off the coast of Portugal.  AZORES: Remote chain of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, and also with mountains and forests.


Paradise Found:  An island or beach holiday can be one of the most relaxing holidays you’ll have. If you love resort life, this is for you.

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