Best Beach in Show?


We all love a good beach, don’t we? Come on, admit it – if we weren’t just a little bit obsessed with the sun, sand and surf lifestyle we wouldn’t be living on the Costa del Sol. Of course, we always look forward to hearing about which beaches are considered the best in the world and the holiday experts at Trip Advisor have had a tough time deciding on their Top 10 this year. We have had a good look at the pictures and reckon that this lot are good enough to appear on anyone’s bucket list.

10. Playa Norte – Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Mexico hasn’t had the best press lately, with the toppling of some key drug cartel bosses creating a power vacuum and initiating an era of what Alex and his droogs from A Clockwork Orange would most likely describe as “the old ultraviolence”. Acapulco, once a location that evoked glamour, is now a no-go zone, with murders happening daily and the old tourist hotspots virtually abandoned. Isla Mujeres, however, is an entirely different kettle of fish; located less than 10 miles from the Yucatán Peninsula this small island has everything that you could possibly require from a relaxed, sunshine holiday. Including this fabulous stretch of sand.

9. Bavaro Beach – Dominican Republic.

This place looks totally amazing and, what’s more, it’s the perfect place for that last-minute holiday, since the weather is ‘scorchio’ all year round. Sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the Dominican Republic has retained its popularity as a friendly, relaxed holiday destination, which is not surprising when it’s possible to enjoy beaches like this.

8. Seven Mile Beach – Nigril, Jamaica.

Jamaica is another country that offers excellent year-round holiday opportunities to sun-starved Europeans. Seven Mile Beach, located in the far west, has long been one of this vibrant and exciting island’s main attractions and it’s easy to see why. Whether you fancy swimming in the Caribbean Sea or just longing on a sun-lounger then there are many worse places than Seven Mile Beach.

7. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida.

As the home of Walt Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center among other attractions, Florida has the reputation of being a great, family-friendly holiday destination – and who are we to disagree? When your feet are steaming from trekking around all those theme parks, however, why not make your way to Clearwater where this jaw-dropping beach awaits? The Trip Advisor bods were practically salivating over the “sugar sand” so it’s likely that the Clearwater hotels will be booked up this holiday season.

6. La Concha Beach – San Sebastian, Spain.

Hooray! So good to see that Spain deservedly features in this list of the very best. Gorgeous golden sand, plenty of top-grade accommodation and restaurants plus plenty to see and do – you can’t go wrong. Unlike many of the more exotic locations featured in the Trip Advisor Top 10, La Concha is best visited from May until September.

5. Seven Mile Beach – Grand Cayman.

Same name as Beach Number Eight but a different location. This Seven Mile Beach is located on Grand Cayman and is the part of the island most dedicated to tourism, with a decent selection of luxury hotels and five-star restaurants. George Town, the Caymans’ capital, lies directly to the south of this beautiful strip of sand, so there is plenty to see and do when you tire of relaxing in the sun.

4. Eagle Beach – Aruba.

A favourite holiday destination for Venezuela’s wealthy beautiful people, this gorgeous island is actually a constituent country of the Netherlands. The combination of fun-loving Venezuelans teamed with the relaxed, laissez-faire attitude of the Dutch has created a wonderful place to get away from it all, not to mention stonkingly gorgeous beaches like this. Now, which is the cheapest way of getting there?

3. Varadero Beach – Cuba.

Cuba, Cuba, Cuba, what’s not to love about you? The fabulously friendly locals, the beauty and style of Havana and this large Caribbean island is also one of the best places in the world to enjoy a memorable beach break. Just book your ticket, turn up and be prepared to feel the gorgeous white sand between your toes. Just one question – when you’ve booked your ticket can we tag along?

2. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.

Brazil, like Cuba, is one of those places that pretty much guarantees a good time, whether you’re thinking of attending Rio’s world-famous carnival or planning a relaxed beach holiday in Fernando de Noronha. This glorious archipelago of 21 islands and islets is located off Brazil’s ‘nose’ and, in 2001 was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its environmental importance. We say, forget all that – just look at this beach!

1.Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

Providenciales is an island in the north-west Caicos Islands and is the perfect place for an indulgent beach holiday. Grace Bay is eight breath-taking kilometres of silver sand leading into sea so blue it hurts the eyes. “Straight out of a postcard!” rave the members of the Trip Advisor panel and who can blame them? Grace Bay should be renamed Amazing Grace Bay. Those looking for a cheap and cheerful holiday need not apply, but for those who have the dosh, this must be the best place to get away from all the pressures of life. Save us a sun-bed, please.

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