World’s Best Beaches For Any Occasion

Everyone loves a beach holiday, where days can be spent reclining on golden sands, expending only the barest amount of effort in order to top up your sun cream and margarita. Alternatively, it can be a place to experience something totally new; snorkeling, windsurfing, even diving if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

We’ve put together this list of beaches from around the world which will appeal to everyone, no matter what your thing is.

BEST BEACHES FOR SURFING…

MEIA PRAIA BEACH, LAGOS

Tucked in the southwest corner of the Algarve, Lagos is perfectly situated for surfing adventures. With breaks fit for all levels of surfer, Lagos is a great choice whether you’re a surfing pro or just beginning to dip your toes into the water.

MEIA PRAIA BEACH, LAGOS

PALM BEACH, GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA

Australia is arguably the surfing capital of the world, and Palm Beach is particularly notorious for its waves. Perhaps not suited to beginners, more experienced surfers will find themselves surrounded by plenty of company.

PALM BEACH, GOLD COAST

ZURRIOLA BEACH, SAN SEBASTIAN

The adaptive Zurriola Beach is renowned for its romantic atmosphere, but it’s also a great choice for surfers, too. Its nearby cafes and bars make it a popular choice if you enjoy a cold beer after riding some waves.

ZURRIOLA BEACH, SAN SEBASTIAN

BEST BEACHES FOR FAMILIES…

ELAFONISI, CRETE

With its year-long good weather and shallow waters, Elafonisi Beach is perfect for families with smaller children.

ELAFONISI, CRETE

BOPHUT BEACH, KOH SAMUI

Koh Samui is steeped in beauty, and is one of Thailand’s most rapidly expanding tourist destinations. Graced with miles of stunning coastline, days can be frittered away topping up your tan on one of Koh Samui’s beaches.

Bophut Beach is especially exquisite, and perfect for families, thanks to its calm waters and nearby shops.

BOPHUT BEACH, KOH SAMUI

CALETA DE FUSTE, FUERTEVENTURA

With a chilled out vibe, Caleta de Fuste is a great option for young families looking to relax on the beach together. It’s a popular beach for watersports too, including jet-skiing and windsurfing.

CALETA DE FUSTE, FUERTEVENTURA

BEST BEACHES FOR COUPLES…

FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH, MIAMI

This sandy strip is everything you would expect from the lively Miami; powdered sands, cobalt blue waters and an electric atmosphere that ensures you never suffer a dull moment.

When you’re not soaking up the sun, the street parallel to the beach is lined with restaurants, bars and clubs.

FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH, MIAMI

PALM BEACH, ARUBA

If you’re looking for that postcard-perfect beach to take a selfie on, Palm Beach in Aruba is just the ticket. This two mile stretch is particularly beautiful at sunset, when the sun slowly sets over the horizon.

PALM BEACH, ARUBA

LAS CANTERAS, GRAN CANARIA

One of Gran Canaria’s less appreciated beaches, Las Canteras boasts 3.5 km of golden sands, calm waters and lava rock reefs. It’s also a marine reserve, which means you can expect some great snorkeling.

LAS CANTERAS, GRAN CANARIA

BEST BEACHES FOR SNORKELING…

MALDIVES, INDIAN OCEAN

The Maldives is renowned for its natural beauty, both above its turquoise waters and below. Nearly all of its hotels offer snorkeling, allowing you to explore the local reefs which teem with all manner of sea life.

MALDIVES, INDIAN OCEAN

PORT DOUGLAS, GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA

When it comes to snorkeling in Australia, it’s go big or go home. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders for a reason, after all; the 2,300 km ecosystem is comprised of multiple coral reefs and islands, where countless species of sea life live, including turtles and dolphins.

PORT DOUGLAS, AUSTRALIA

PINK BEACH, KOMODO ISLAND, INDONESIA

Although famous for the eponymous Komodo dragon, Komodo Island also boasts great snorkeling opportunities, with its aptly named Pink Beach the perfect diving point.

Pink Beach, Indonesia