Our Place’s Top Ten Beach Destinations

There’s nothing like stretches of glorious white sand and crystal blue seas to sooth the soul.  Enlisting the help of travel website, Trip Adviser, Our Place has listed our top ten beach destinations:

1. Maldives 
More than two dozen Indian Ocean atolls and thousands of islets comprise the Maldives. Idyllic beaches, such as South Ari Atoll on Nalaguraidhoo and the Sun Island, are a dream for sand lovers. Swim out to the barrier reef – or from some parts of the island, admire the reef from the gorgeous white beach
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2. Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Nature, sun and history unite at Tulum’s sugar-white beaches, which are calmly lapped by the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea. Maya ruins, tropical forest and affordable hotels are an easy amble from the sands, making this Yucatan beauty a hit with those seeking relaxation and spiritual retreats
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3. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Precipitous limestone cliffs plunge into the blue-green Mediterranean along the Amalfi coast, better known for views than its pebbly, gray-sand beaches. Among the best basking spots are the sunbed-lined beach at Maiori and the tiny, more charming sandy nook at Minori, an easy boat trip from Amalfi
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4. Seychelles
This Indian Ocean group of 100+ islands is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, including the popular white powder of Beau Vallon on Mahe and Anse Lazio on Praslin. The stunning pink sands and boulders of Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue lead many to call it the most gorgeous beach on earth
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5. Brighton
Brighton has a long history of entertaining holiday-makers with its pebble beach and Brighton Pier, an amusement park that extends over the sea. Eat, drink, play carnival games or just soak up some sunshine on deck chairs
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6. Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
More than a half-dozen beautiful beaches line the shores of Lagos in Portugal’s Algarve region. Quiet sandy coves sandwiched between dramatic cliffs and calm, clear water have natural appeal, while Meia Praia offers a 2.5-mile expanse of sand and facilities for every imaginable water sport
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7. Rhodes, Greece
Crystalline waters, golden sand and the blessing of the sun god Helios make Rhodes a spectacular island for sun-worshippers 300 days a year. Pack plenty of reading material for a lazy holiday, or explore the countless treasures left from centuries of invaders
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8. Phuket, Thailand
Phuket is Thailand’s most popular island destination, and one reason is that its coastline is divided into bays that form intimate beaches. You can get a soothing massage right on the beach, the scuba diving is spectacular and the locals greet you with smiles
9. Key West, Florida Keys, United States
Key West’s beaches are at once diverse and similar. Each one has a unique flavour, and some cater more to water sports than others. Almost all are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling, and they are, without exception, beautiful
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10. Cannes, France
The crowning glory of the French Riviera, Cannes is the place to be seen on the beach even when it’s not film festival time. Inviting sands and 300 days of sunshine a year make sunbathing a popular sport, and you can even rent a yacht for a week if you’re really out to impress

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