If you love to lay around in the sand and get your tan on, discover the best countries to visit for a beach vacation!
For some travelers, the quality of a vacation is judged by the softness of the sand, the warmth of the waves, and the beauty of the local beach. Perhaps you are the type who loves to stretch out on the shore and listen to the surf while soaking up the rays and getting lost in the pages of a good book? If so, you will fall in love with these sunny places, which are some of the best beach destinations in the world!
Greece is known for having some of the most idyllic beaches in Europe and they are at their best from late May to early October when there is great weather and the water is warm enough for swimming. Some of the best Greek Islands with top quality beaches are Paros, Naxos, Crete, Mykonos, Milos and Rhodes – but nearly every island has at least a few spectacular beaches.
Cheap, cheerful and chilled out, Thailand is a paradise for beach lovers. Plus, once you get there the costs for food and accommodation are very affordable – making that private bungalow just steps from the water not such a huge investment. Each of the Thai Islands has its own unique personality, from the laid back vibe of Koh Lanta to the party atmosphere of Koh Phi Phi and the excellent hiking trails of Koh Chang.
Indonesia is an archipelago that consists of five main islands and thousands of tiny ones, which means that it has thousands upon thousands of beaches to explore. Bali is one of the most popular spots, but if you venture out into the more far-flung islands you will find clear water, soft sand and uninhabited beaches where you can relax in absolute peace – talk about one of the best beach destinations in the world!
Whether you are a serious swimmer or someone who just wants to wade in the shallows, there is a beach for you in sunny Mauritius in the warm Indian Ocean. Trou aux Biches is one of the most popular spots, with ideal conditions for snorkeling and great cafes and restaurants along the water. Ile aux Cerfs is a superb spot for watersports and is wonderfully family friendly.
The Maldives is a destination filled with those perfect white sand, blue sky, thatched-roof overwater bungalow scenes that can be seen on vacation brochures and desktop wallpapers. Although it used to be only affordable for the wealthy, this dream-like tropical destination is now becoming possible to travel on a budget.