Need a beach holiday? Here are the top 5 beaches to visit

Whether you fancy a quick getaway from your everyday routine, or a well-deserved holiday break, these top 5 beaches will definitely give you what you need; sun, sea and tranquillity.

Cayo Santa Maria Beach. Photographer: Laura.rr - Flickr/Creative Commons
Cuba Cayo Santa Maria Beach.
Photographer: Laura.rr – Flickr/Creative Commons

Cayo Santa Maria Beach – Cuba

Picture yourself sitting in a deck chair, sipping from a coconut and then shortly having fresh paella for lunch. With pure white sand and clear, turquoise water, you have hit paradise. If you want an adventure at sea, then don’t worry as this beach offers water sports activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking. Once the sun has set, the entertainment begins at Cayo Santa Maria, as they host beach parties. So enjoy your cigar under the stars as you dance along to salsa music. This beach is located off Cuba’s north central coast, in the Jardines del Rey archipelago.

Corfu Paleokastrista beach. Photographer: Petr Aust - Flickr/Creative Commons
Corfu Paleokastrista beach.
Photographer: Petr Aust – Flickr/Creative Commons

Paleokastrista beach – Corfu

This picturesque beach will simply take your breath away. Paleokastrista in translation means old fortress and is 25km away from the northwest of Corfu Town. This stunning beach is surrounded by greenery and rocky caves. With a crystal blue water bay, a cute little harbour and other small beaches surrounding Paleokastrista, you can’t help but to admire the view it has to offer. Explore the Greek cuisine by visiting the local tavernas nearby, or learn about the rich history they have as the famous Monastery of the Virgin still stands today.

Thailand Maenam Beach Photographer: Christian Moser - Flickr/Creative Commons
Thailand Maenam Beach
Photographer: Christian Moser – Flickr/Creative Commons

Maenam Beach – Thailand

This stunning beach is in the district of Koh Samui. If you’re a solo traveller who is a backpacker, then make sure you add this beach onto your bucket list. You will find your inner peace here, as you can easily find a spot for you to hide out in and have your own privacy. With tall, glorious, palm trees, soft white sand contrasting against the sea, the feeling of surrealism will come to play.

Jamaica Doctor's Cave Beach. Photographer: Matt Howry - Flickr/Creative  Commons
Jamaica Doctor’s Cave Beach.
Photographer: Matt Howry – Flickr/Creative Commons

Doctor’s Cave Beach – Jamaica

The light blue sky contrasts against the sea, that is entwined with golden sand and vibrant, bright, sun umbrellas. There you are, getting a tan under the hot sun and enjoying the exotic bliss at the Doctor’s Cave Beach.  Why not set sail on the Jamaican waters or enjoy a tour around the beach on a glass-bottom boat? The beach is located on Montego Bay and is one of the most famous beaches in Jamaica.

Crete - Elafonisi beach. Photographer: Nikos Peikos - Flickr/Creative commons
Crete – Elafonisi beach.
Photographer: Nikos Peikos – Flickr/Creative commons

Elafonisi Beach – Crete

With nothing but crystal clear, tranquil waters and caves surrounding you, there’s no wonder why Elafonisi is one of the best beaches in Crete. If you want to explore the culture in Crete, then take a boat ride to the town Paleochora.  Enjoy the Mediterranean sun whilst relaxing by the shallow, azure sea. Elafonisi beach is located on the south coast of Crete.

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