We take a look at the top ten sandy spots around the world to soak up the sun.
So you’re after a blissful beach holiday and looking for some inspiration? Well here at Staysure we’ve scoured the seven seas for ten of the most paradise perfect spots to plant your beach umbrella. Of course, this list is by no means definitive, but it should get the beach ball rolling in terms of ideas.
1. Benagil Cave, the Algarve, Portugal
Okay, so technically it’s a sea cave. But we decided to bend the rules as this little spot of sand sits pretty under a huge, cathedral-style open roof. Located in the small Portuguese fishing village of Benagil, you can rent a boat to access the cave—or even kayak or swim the 150 metres from Benagil beach. And if you get bored, there are plenty of stunning beaches amongst the weathered cliffs, caverns and grottoes.
2. The Spit, Mudeford, England
Arguably one of the most postcard perfect beaches in the UK, this narrow sandy peninsula offers mesmerising views of the Isle of Wight and the local landmark Hengistbury Head. Peppered with colourful beach huts, this is paradise found for many beach lovers. And the best part is you can ride a land train there! It may not be as warm as other beaches on the list, but it’s heart-warmingly British.
3. Bolonia Beach, Tarifa, Spain
Aside from the pristine white sand and hypnotic turquoise waters, this unspoilt stretch of beach is popular with kite surfers and has an enormous sand dune at one end that begs to be climbed by children and adults alike. And while soaking up the sun in the shadow of Africa, why not explore the impressive remains of the Roman town Baelo Claudia? They are said to be some of the best preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy.
4. Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Wish you were here? Of course you do – it’s Ipanema Beach! At Brazil’s most fashionable flesh-spot you’ll discover an abundance of toned and tanned beach lovers soaking up the sun, socialising and splashing about in the sea against the backdrop of towering mountains. Surrounded by enormous condos, trendy bars, swanky restaurants and gyms for those who want to improve their pecs-appeal, this is a great place for some hard-core people-watching, from behind your aviators of course!
5. One Foot Island Beach, Cook Islands
Sit back and picture your dream beach. Does it have coconut trees drooping low over baby-powder beaches, bathtub warm water and a sultry breeze tickling your toes? Chances are you’ve imagined something like One Foot Island—an uninhabited paradise where the only sound you’re likely to hear is the occasional wave crashing onto a sandy shore. This secluded isle is ideal for exploring as the water is shallow and the sand bars are plentiful—perfect for shallow water splashers. Can you hear some drums beating in the background? That’ll be the last boat home.
6. Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece
Often lauded as one of the best beaches in the world, film aficionados might recognise this iconic beach from the film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’. One of the Ionian Islands, this strip of white pebbles is licked by azure-coloured water and is enclosed by a sheer limestone cliff on the island’s northwest coast. The beach is a crescent shaped moon of paradise that makes a spectacular setting for lapping up an Ionian sunset.
7. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, the Seychelles
It boasts supermodel tall palm trees, half a mile of foot-soothing sands and water so warm you’ll want to add a rubber duck and have a scrub. Another frequent face among the world’s top ten beaches, this deliciously lazy beach has a gentle gradient making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Flanked by numerous granite boulders, this is an extraordinarily enticing shoreline for sizzling in the sun.
8. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Touted as Australia’s best beach, this seven km long shore stretches along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands. So what are all the beach bums shouting about? Well, apart from the pure white silica sand that is so fine it squeaks, the vibrant crystalline water and reef surroundings, the beach is rarely crowded and features an eclectic mix of coves, lagoons and inlets—meaning there’s no chance of playing beach towel overlap with your neighbours.
9. Sun Island Beach, Maldives
See that swing? You could be sitting on that, while sipping on a cocktail and embracing a warm breeze that gently tussles your hair and caresses your face. A diamond in the Indian Ocean, the beach is a popular haunt of celebrities, with many drawn by the opportunity to sleep in luxury bungalows perched on stilts above the ocean. Coral reefs and tropical fish also make this beach a must for snorkelers and divers.
10. Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
Is that where ‘The Beach’ was filmed? Why yes it is! This popular bay offers gin-clear waters, sugary sands and scenery so captivating it will make your eyes water and your lips tremble. Cameras are of course compulsory. And if you have a hammock, well you’re in for an irritatingly blissful day at the beach.