World’s Best Beaches for any Occasion

Whether your favourite thing to do on holiday is relax or get a taste for adventure, one thing’s for certain: you can find it all at the beach.

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, the beach can be a place to experience something totally new; snorkelling, 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.

Praia do Amado, Beach and Surfer spot near Carrapateira, Algarve Portugal


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, one of the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.


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 in the district of Gros in San Sebastian, Spain, at sunset


Best Beaches for Families

Elafonisi, Crete

With its yearlong good weather and shallow waters, Elafonisi beach is perfect for families with smaller children.

Elafonisi beach is one of the best beaches of Europe. There are pink and black sand.


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.

Sunrise at bophut beach ,samui thailand


Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

With a chilled out vibe, Caleta de Fuste is a great option for families looking to relax on the beach together.

Corralejo, Feurteventura, Spain - September 15, 2015: Kite surfer in the beaches of Fuerteventura, Spain


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.

Sunset at Sunrise Beach in Ft.Lauderdale with palm trees and beach entry feature.


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 of beach is particularly beautiful at sunset, when the sun slowly sets over the horizon.

Aerial from Palm beach at Aruba in the Caribbean Sea


Las Canteras, Gran Canaria

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

Canteras beach Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain


Best Beaches for Snorkelling

Maldives, Indian Ocean

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

Manta ray in Indian Ocean - Maldives, near Thoddoo island.


Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

When it comes to snorkelling 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 2,300km-long ecosystem is comprised of multiple coral reefs and islands, where countless species of sea life live, including turtles and dolphins.

If you’re looking for a launch pad to snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, head to Port Douglas.

This is the great Barrier Reef.


Pink Beach, Komodo Island, Indonesia

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

Aerial view of the island 'Pulau Padar' at the famous Komodo National Park in Indonesia. Komodo is world wide famous for the beautiful underwater life, the diving sites and the Komodo dragon. Secluded white sand beaches also spot the islands of the archipelago.