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Jordyn Orlando Contributor 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The World's Best Beach Vacation Destinations

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Interested in a relaxing vacation on the beach? From pristine sand to clear, warm waters, there are hundreds of beaches around the world that could suit your travel needs. Goway has narrowed down the list and hand selected the 10 best beach vacation destinations.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet and tranquil beach, or perhaps a family friendly beach with attractions and restaurants nearby, there is definitely a destination that will fit exactly what you’re looking for!

Tahiti/French Polynesia

Tahiti’s long standing reputation for being a romantic haven continues to hold true today. It is the perfect location for weddings and honeymoons with its picturesque sandy beaches and many hotels and resorts. Visitors can enjoy soaking up the sun and relaxing on the pristine sandy beaches. Some of the more unusual beaches are Tahiti’s characteristic black sand beaches, the most notable of which is Taharuu Beach. This beach offers good swimming and surfing conditions, and there is plenty of space on the sand to lounge and relax. Another staple of Tahiti beach vacations is the overwater bungalow. These rooms are perched just out from the shore and provide a beautiful view of the surrounding water. Definitely a must-stay on a Tahiti beach vacation. 

 

Maldives

The island nation known as the Maldives is home to some of the best beaches in the world. The islands are surrounded by coral reefs which support an abundance of marine life. This underwater wonderland can be explored on a diving or snorkeling excursion. For the more active traveller, the Maldives is also a perfect destination for sailing and windsurfing. The many beaches here cater to those who are simply looking to relax with their pristine white sand and clear turquoise waters. You can enjoy all of this during the day and then in the evening head down to the beaches again to watch the beautiful sunsets over the crystal clear waters. The Maldives also offers overwater bungalows for those interested in a different type of accommodation. 

 

Greece

Greece has many islands, all with their own unique beaches. Of the 227 inhabited islands, some of the best known beaches are on Corfu, Crete, and Mykonos. The beaches of Corfu are set up perfectly for vacationers of any type, including families. Most of the beaches are lined with hotels, resorts, bars, and restaurants, plus watersports and activities. Also to be enjoyed is the picturesque backdrop of many of the Corfu beaches, consisting of lush greenery and rugged cliffs. Crete is the largest island of Greece and has a coastline 1046 kilometres (650 miles) long, harbouring both secluded and more popular beaches. Attractive qualities found at all of the beaches here are the Caribbean-like waters, white sandy beaches, and natural scenery including palm tree forests and imposing cliffs. The beaches of Mykonos tend to cater to more active and outgoing travellers. There are plenty of watersport activities available during the day, as well as many nightlife activities. There are also a few nude and gay beaches if one so desires. 

 

Fiji

Fiji is made up of over 300 islands, 106 of which are inhabited and contain some of the most idyllic beaches in the world. Of all of Fiji’s islands, the ones with the most popular and renowned beaches are Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, the Mamanuca Islands and the Yasawa Islands. Both Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are characterized by their unique backdrops which include rugged mountains, volcanoes, wild flowers and rolling green hills. The beaches of Viti Levu are very clean and are generally more popular. They also have many watersport activities available including jet skiing and surfing. Vanua Levu beaches are more secluded and untouched. Hot springs are also popular in this area. The Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands are further away from the mainland and airport and, as a result, are generally less crowded. With crystal clear waters and soft coral reefs, the beaches on these islands are perfect for swimming and scuba diving. Another attraction on Fiji beach vacations are the overwater bures which are overwater bungalows that extend from the coast out into the water alongside the vibrant coral reefs. 

 

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands have stunning beaches, colourful coral reefs and breathtaking scenery. Each island is unique and has something different to offer visitors. Those looking for tranquility and romantic vibes should definitely visit Aitutaki. The beaches here are lined with palm trees and bear fresh fruit and vegetables. The secludedness of the island makes it a perfect destination for honeymoons or romantic getaways on the beach. Many of the beaches in nearby Rarotonga are more suited for families or adventure seekers. There is an abundance of watersport activities and boat cruises here, and surfing is very common on many of these beaches. In addition, most of the beaches here have picnic tables and shaded areas for families to grab a bite and relax out of the sun. 

 

Bali

Bali is a tropical paradise and certainly does not have a shortage of beaches, each with something unique to offer. From the tranquility of Balangan beach to the liveliness of Kuta beach, Bali has a beach to suit the preferences of any traveller. Kuta beach is the most popular and well-known beach in Bali. This beach caters to a younger crowd and has plenty of attractions to offer including white sands, beautiful sunsets, restaurants and bars, shops, and excellent surfing conditions that are suitable for all levels of experience. Other lively beaches include Jimbaran beach, a fishing village with excellent seafood, and Seminyak beach with its trendy shops, bars and restaurants. For those interested in a quieter, more secluded beach, both Balangan and Lovina beach will provide you with just that - a relaxed atmosphere far removed from the hustle and bustle of some of the more popular beaches. The soft water and white sand make for perfect swimming conditions. It’s a great place to sit back and relax all while soaking up the sun. 

 

Seychelles

The Seychelles islands feature some of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in the world. Whether it’s relaxing on the beach or exploring the natural beauty of the islands, Seychelles will make for a unique travel experience. There are a number of 5-star beach resorts and spa facilities available to enhance your beach vacation. The beaches are covered with white powdered sands and surrounded by turquoise blue waters, making them a paradise for divers and snorkelers. One of the most popular beaches is Beau Vallon on Mahe Island. There are a number of restaurants and bars scattered around the beach as well as hotels and watersport activities. The calm waters make for perfect swimming conditions that can be enjoyed by the entire family. For those looking to explore the road less travelled, take a visit to Silhouette Island. Although this island is a little more out of the way, when you are there you will practically have the entire beach to yourself and can explore the untouched beauty of the island.  

 

Australia

When most people think of Australia’s beaches, their first thought is often the famous Bondi Beach. While Bondi Beach of course has its perks, such as its proximity to the city, nearby shops, electric atmosphere and waters suitable for swimming and surfing, Australia has so much more to offer on a beach vacation. One of the most beautiful beaches in Australia is Whitehaven beach. The sand is so fine that it is like walking on powder, and the waters are crystal clear blue; perfect for swimming and snorkelling. There are many coves and inlets with stunning views, simply adding to this beach’s beauty. Two more excellent beach destinations in Australia are the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. While both areas offer great scenery, the beaches on the Sunshine Coast are fairly uncrowded and contain soft white sands, while the Gold Coast has plenty of beaches that are great for surfing and watersports. Another must-do activity on an Australia beach vacation is a visit to the Great Barrier Reef where you can go diving and snorkelling and view some of the world's most beautiful corals and marine life. 

 

Thailand

Some of the best beaches in Thailand are located in the south of the country. Phuket, located along the west coast, has plenty of beaches to offer. Of note are Kata Beach, Karon Beach and Patong Beach Resort. Kata Beach has calm waters making it a great location for swimming with children and Karon Beach has plenty of restaurants, shops and hotels nearby as well as a lively nightlife. Patong Beach Resort also has a bustling day and nightlife with plenty of restaurants and shops. The resort also has a number of beaches that tend to attract a younger crowd. Another great beach area in Thailand is the Phi Phi Islands. The islands of Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh have plenty of white sandy beaches and have numerous options for scuba diving, swimming and climbing. Koh Samui is located on the east coast of Thailand and is known for its diverse range of luxury stays. From 5-star resorts to backpacker’s hostels, high end restaurants to street vendors, this location is perfect for any traveller regardless of your budget. Chaweng beach is one of the prettiest and most popular beaches here. There are also plenty of surrounding restaurants and accommodation. Maenam beach is much more secluded and just exudes a laid back atmosphere. There is also a variety of restaurants here and plenty of beach bungalows and hammocks available for those looking to lay back and relax. 

 

Vietnam

Given all that Vietnam is known for, its stunning beaches aren’t always the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, Vietnam has several beaches that await your arrival. In the south is Dam Trau Beach with its golden yellow sand and warm turquoise water. Also available here are beachside amenities including cafes and plenty of hammocks. One of the more popular beaches is Nha Trang beach. This beach boasts white sand and clear waters and has a bustling day and night life. Coconut beach is perfect for any traveller looking to simply sit back, relax, enjoy the view and perhaps partake in some light watersport activities. This beach offers great diving and hiking through the palm trees for those so inclined. Vietnam has a number of fishing villages that are also worth a visit on a beach vacation where you can enjoy the fresh seafood and vibrantly painted fishing vessels. 

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6 Feb 2020, 8:16 p.m.

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