Top 10 Beach Holiday Destinations


Above: Snorkelling in the Bahamas
– one of the Caribbean's most popular beach holiday destinations © Image courtesy Bahamas Tourist Office


Top beach holiday spots in the world

Discover the world's top 10 beach holiday destinations in 2016 or explore some of the most popular beach holiday destinations worldwide for that ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday.

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Australia

Experience the pure white silica sand of Whitehaven, a photogenic beach that stretches for more than 7km along the shoreline of Whitsunday Island, the largest of the Whitsunday islands and the perfect day trip for couples enjoying a beach holiday or romantic getaway.
  As one of the Australia’s top holiday destinations, the Whitsundays offer 74 islands – only eight of which are inhabited – sheltered by one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands

The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are famous for unspoiled sugar-white beaches, a year-round perfect climate and genuine friendly Polynesian people – the perfect location for a beach holiday in the South Pacific.
    Relax on a choice of gorgeous beaches, swim and snorkel in multihued lagoons teeming with colourful reef fish and be pampered with a range of creature comforts at a choice of intimate beach resorts.
  More about Cook Islands . . .

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Yasawa Island, Fiji

Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Stretching for almost 90km north-west of Viti Levu in Fiji, the Yasawa Islands epitomise the idyllic image of the South Pacific.
    The Yasawa Island group comprises more than 20 sun-kissed islands edged with luxurious 5-star resorts and countless soft white-sand beaches that gently shelve into tranquil reef-fringed lagoons – the perfect spot for watersports.
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Maui, Hawaii

Say ‘aloha’ to Maui – the number one destination for a honeymoon in Hawaii and a favourite of holiday couples around the world!
   Blessed with gorgeous white-sand beaches, lush tropical rainforest, stunning waterfalls, rugged volcanic peaks and fabulous resorts, the ‘Valley Island’ of Maui offers all the ingredients you need for a magical holiday.
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The Seychelles

Renowned for dazzling white-sand beaches, dramatic rock formations, warm crystal clear waters and lush tropical vegetation, the Seychelles remains a magical spot for a beach holiday in the Indian Ocean.
   Explore La Digue Island and the gorgeous Anse Source d’Argent beach or the equally stunning Praslin Island, home to Anse Lazio, a perfect crescent of soft, fine-grained white sand.
  Read more about the Seychelles . . .

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Blessed with a year-round sunny climate, an 11km-long stretch of powder-white sand, a vibrant nightlife scene and expansive Las Vegas-style high rise resorts featuring flashy casinos, Aruba offers all the ingredients you need for a fabulous beach holiday in the Caribbean.
   Discover sugar-white beaches and sparkling crystalline waters ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Inland, go horseback riding and hiking or hire a four-wheel drive jeep to explore the desert-like lunar landscape of the interior.
  Read more about Aruba . . .

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The Bahamas

Choose from 30 tropical islands fringed by sugar-white sands and lapped by warm, clear waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving and sailing.
   Unwind at the Las Vegas-style resorts on New Providence Island, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island or escape the crowds for the famous pink-hued beaches of Exuma, Harbour Island and Eleuthera – all just a 35-minute flight from Miami. The Bahamas is arguable the best destination for a beach holiday in the Caribbean.
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British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

Once the hideout of buccaneers and pirates, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) offers couples unspoiled white-sand beaches for sunbathing, clear turquoise waters for snorkelling, offshore reefs, walls and wrecks for diving, as well as numerous hidden coves, uninhabited cays and islets that combine with gentle sea breezes to make BVI a sailor’s paradise.
   For a perfect beach holiday in the Caribbean, read more about the British Virgin Islands . . .

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Cancun, Mexico


Cancun offers a wide choice of gorgeous beaches, luxurious beachfront hotels, a vibrant nightlife, great shopping and ancient Mayan ruins to explore along an idyllic 22km-long coastline – perfect for a fun-filled beach holiday in Mexico.
   South of Cancun lies the Riviera Maya, home to some of the hippest beaches on the coast including chic Playa del Carmen and gorgeous Tulum Beach.
  Read more about Cancun . . .

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Boracay, Philippines

This stunning 10km² island boasts more than 30 gorgeous white-sand beaches fringed by sparkling clean turquoise waters.
   Go scuba diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing and kayaking or unwind with a massage beneath swaying palm trees. By night, enjoy a pulsating cosmopolitan nightlife that typically lasts until dawn – all perfect for couples looking for an exciting beach holiday in Asia.
  More about Boracay . . .

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Latest update for these beach holiday destinations: 12 December, 2017
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