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Best beach vacations in the world

Whether it has bright white, volcanic black or pink shades of sand, the beach has firmly established itself as the world's favourite destination for a vacation. While weekend city breaks and mountain retreats have their place, there's no better way to escape than lounging in the Whitsunday Islands off the tropical coast of Queensland, or jetting off for some fun in the sun in the Caribbean for a couple of weeks.

There are approximately 560,000,000 metres of coastline that create our countries and continents, but, as always, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve travelled the world and its seven seas to find the best best vacations that our planet has to offer. It can be hard to define what makes one beach vacation better than another, for example, how do you compare Mexico’s popular Cancun to the remote serenity of Bora Bora, Tahiti? So, we have compiled a varied shortlist of unparalleled paradise. From tranquil untouched stretches of powder through bountiful barrier reefs to superb surfing spots, we’ve found something for everyone.

Welcome to the best beach vacations in the world, where every entrant on our all-encompassing list is living proof that, when sea meets sand, beautiful things can happen.

Best beach vacations in Africa:
Africa might be well-known for its rolling plains and fantastic safaris, but there’s so much more to this diverse continent. Africa’s beaches are abundant with swaying palms and home to some of the world's most stunning coastal wildlife, including penguins and whales. So emerge from the bushes and sink your toes in to the golden sands of Mombasa, Zanzibar and more for a unique African experience.
Kenya's Coastal Province
Western Cape, South Africa
Zanzibar

Best beach vacations in the Caribbean:
With palm trees aplenty, emerald waters, warm sands and a peaceful ambience, you’ll be correct in thinking that you’ve arrived in paradise when you visit the tranquil and tropical beaches of the Caribbean. There are so many sun-soaked sanctuaries dotted around this stunning region that it’s just so hard to choose the best, so we've shared some of them below.
Dickenson Bay, Antigua
Hawksbill Beaches, Antigua
Crane Beach, Barbados
Platinum Coast, Barbados
South coast, Barbados
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
Mexico
Cancun, Mexico
Tulum, Mexico
Tobago

Best beach vacations in the Far East & Asia:
Immerse yourself in a fully Zen experience by heading to Asia for your next beach vacation. With black volcanic sands, blue lagoons, vibrant temples and palm-lined shores; these beaches offer something truly unique wherever you go. Read our travel guides and take your pick of the fascinating beaches and excursions on offer, including intimate islands, limestone rock climbing and the Pearl of the Andaman - A treasure trove of exciting experiences.
Bali
Goa, India
Langkawi, Malaysia
Penang, Malaysia
Hua Hin, Thailand
Khao Lak, Thailand
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Krabi, Thailand
Phuket, Thailand
Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Best beach vacations in the Indian Ocean:
Delve into the picture-postcard beaches adorning your desktop wallpaper with a trip to the vast, scenic beaches along the Indian Ocean. If you daydream about relaxing on an exotic, secluded island, simply whiling the day away with a dip in the crystal clear sea and sunbathing on the warm sand, then we have the perfect Indian Ocean beaches for you. Put down that coconut cocktail and find out more with our travel guides.
Maldives

Best beach vacations in Europe:
Ibiza, Balearics, Spain
South Cornwall Coast, UK

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