The summer heat in Europe is a good excuse to escape to the beach. After the most secluded beaches we shared with you in a previous other post, here’s the best beach destinations you must go to, in no particular order.
- Australia, Tasmania
Tasmania was our first travel experience… and is still one of our best trips.
The Freycinet National Park is an incredibly beautiful natural reserve. The peninsula hides many wonders: wild flowers, red rock cliffs, great walks, and beautiful white sandy beaches.
- Australia, Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Get a 4WD, drive on the beach and discover the many lakes. Dingos are common on Fraser. Be careful though, the water is full of sharks.
- Australia, Cape Range National Park
Many Aussie beaches are wonderful and are listed as the most beautiful beaches in the world. So I have to share with you one more: Turquoise Bay, located on the west coast.
Grab your snorkel gear to admire the underwater world. If you want to see more, you can organise a tour to swim with the mighty whale sharks not far from there.
- Bali, Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan, south east of Bali, is ideal for those who love nice walks, clear water and like living close to locals. You can rent a bike and visit fishing villages and see locals cultivating seaweed.
- Cook Island, Aitutaki
Honeymoon Island is truly a paradise. The lagoon is partly turquoise, sky blue and see-through. The long sandbank makes this place even more incredible.
- Fiji, the Yasawas islands
Ah the Yasawa islands… volcanic islands with luxurious forests bordered by white sandy beaches, with cristal clear water… What more should I say?
- Greece, Gramvoussa in Crete
Gramvoussa island and the Balos lagoon can’t be missed if you go to Crete. It’s a very special place, with beautiful pink sand. Better go early and with your own transport to avoid getting there at the same time as the boats full of tourists.
- Hawai, O’ahu
Waikiki is Honolulu’s most famous beach, but isn’t necessarily the most beautiful one. But that’s not a problem! With over 125 beaches, there’s plenty of choice around O’ahu. Each one has its own particularity: like turtles watching, diving … but they all have something in common: they’re perfect to relax.
- Lombok, the Gili islands
The Gili islands are famous and very touristy but are still a must see. There’s 3 islands: Meno, Air and Trawangan which are easily accessible from Bali. Choose where to stay based on the atmosphere you prefer: a quiet place, to be close to the locals, or to be in the middle of nature… or you can try them all. But I warn you: it will be hard for you to leave.
- Panama, Bocas Del Toro
The archipelago of Bocas Del Toro, north east of Panama, attracts travellers from all around the world. Located on the Caribbean coast, with a sea great for surfing, idyllic beaches and amazing wildlife make it a great spot for a stopover.
- Philippines, El Nido
Filipinos are amongst the nicest people we ever met… and on top of that, the beaches in Philippines will leave you speechless. North of Palawan, El Nido is a village located between the beach and beautiful limestone cliffs. Visit the area by boat during the day and sing Karaoke at night.
How about you: what’s your favourite beach?