With the thought of summer holidays just round the corner and with many of our customers jetting off to somewhere hot, we thought we would take a look at some of the best beaches around the world.
Shoal Bay, Anguilla
Shoal Bay on the small Caribbean island of Anguilla has everything that you could want from a Caribbean beach, with sensational white sands and dazzling turquoise blue waters. Visitors even come from nearby islands to view its beauty. The secluded beach has been attributed for its relaxing atmosphere as well as its opportunities to go snorkelling.
Playa de Amor, Mexico
Just off the coast of Mexico on the Marieta Islands, Playa de Amor, or as it is more commonly known ‘The Hidden Beach’, is becoming increasingly popular. The beach lies underneath a hole in the landscape and can only be accessed by swimming through a short tunnel from the sea. The origin of the hole is believed to be a result of government bomb testing many years ago. The sheltered nature of the beach also makes it a good location for spotting wildlife.
Kata Noi Beach, Karon, Thailand
This isolated beach lies on the island of Phuket. It is both clean and quiet and offers an array of beachfront restaurants and boutique resorts. A viewpoint lies just above the beach with even more fantastic views.
Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
This is one of the top-rated beaches in the world; in 2013, it came first in the Caribbean and second in the world for Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice program. The white sand stretches for 12 miles, which means that even in the height of the holiday season you don’t have to worry about finding a space.
Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
Discovery Channel ranked this beach Number 2 of the best beaches in the world. It is hardly surprising as the half moon bay is filled with sparkling blue waters and surrounded by pretty palms. The beach also has excellent amenities and is renowned for sunsets and snorkelling.
Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
The term “Lanikai” means “heavenly sea” and when you visit this beach it is not hard to see how it got its name. The beach is characterised by smooth soft white sand and a calm sea. Due to a nearby coral reef the gentle waves are perfect for swimming and even surfing for children. The beach has amazing views of two bird sanctuary islands, Moku Nui and Moku Iki.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora
Being the only public beach on the main island of Bora Bora, this beach can be especially popular with tourists, who often gather in the evening to watch the vibrant sunsets. Despite this, the beach is not overcrowded and with plenty of food facilities, it is easy to spend a whole day there. Sea creatures often are seen in the shallow clear water.
75 mile beach, Fraser Island, Australia
Although the sea is not suitable for swimming due to sharks, this beach is so wide, flat and long that you can take your car on. The 75 mile long stretch is treated as if it was a road and there are even police patrolling it. Driving along the beach is how all visitors recommend you should explore both the beach and other sights on the island, as the beach leads to more attractions such as Eli Creek, The Pinnacles Coloured Sands and the Maheno Shipwreck.
Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Known for being one of the best urban beaches, Ipanema lies on the coast right next to the skyscrapers of Rio de Janiero. The beach has lots of activities including beach soccer and beach volleyball as well as skim-boarding, surfing and body-boarding. The best time to visit this beach is said to be late afternoon and evening, when the local people arrive, as the atmosphere is buzzing. This is also the time when you can watch the sunset behind the Dois Irmãos mountains.
Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles
On the island of La Digue, lies Anse Source D’Argent, often named as one of the best beaches in the world. It has picturesque white sand but also large granite boulders scattered across the sand and sea. It is sheltered by a reef so the sea is not only warm but calm too. The shallow waters are often occupied by a variety of colourful fish. The nearby local juice bar is recommended by visitors also.
So if you are jetting off to a beach to feel the sand between your toes and enjoy some rest and relaxation make sure your holiday gets off to the right start and book your car in with I Love meet and greet parking.