Are you a thalassophile, someone who loves the sea? Do you often Instagram pictures of beautiful beaches wishing you were there? It’s now time to stop dreaming and start planning your next beach getaway.
For a sun, sand and sea filled summer holiday, choose any of the 7 destinations listed below.
Koh Samui, Thailand
It is a perfectly manicured island that offers both, international luxury, and authentic local travel experiences. Chaweng and Lamai beaches are the most popular. To get away from the crowd, you could go to the Bophut, Maenam or Lipa Noi beaches. White sand, turquoise blue water and picture-perfect surroundings are guaranteed on all the five beaches. After beach-hopping you could visit the Ang Thong Marine National Park and Big Buddha.
As beautiful as Phuket but less congested, Krabi houses many gorgeous beaches. Tham Phra Nang beach with its limestone formations is famous for the Princess Cave and the mythical stories around it. If you want your travel pictures to look like post-cards, then drive to Railay Beach. Koh Hong Island on the Krabi coastline is ideal for kayaking, swimming, and bird-watching. Tub Kaek and Koh Poda Beach are the two hidden gems where you can enjoy some quiet time.
Gold Coast, Australia
The beaches spread across Australia’s Gold Coast are worth their weight in gold. Main Beach situated at the northern tip of the Gold Coast has a retro vibe, thanks to the old bathing pavilion. Here you can walk, cycle, and swim to your heart’s content. The Surfers Paradise stretch at the Gold Coast is a central hub of outdoor activities, water sports, arts, and culture. Few of the other popular beaches are Nobby, Burleigh, Mermaid, and Broad Beach.
This luxurious resort town of China has not one but many gorgeous beaches. With many bars and restaurants, Dadonghai Beach is ideal for those who want to indulge in water sports. You can go for a banana boat-ride, snorkelling, deep sea diving, jet skiing, and parasailing. Yalong Bay is less crowded than Dadonghai Bay where you can soak up the sun and stay in some of the best international resorts. Few other options are Tianya Haijiao, Houhai Bay and Baifu Bay.
Goa is India’s beach heaven. The swaying coconut and palm trees, the ever-present relaxed vibe, and the Arabian Sea make it one of the best tourist destinations around the world. Adrenaline junkies and party lovers can visit any of the beaches in North Goa, such as Anjuna, Arambol, Baga, Candolim and Calangute. Solitude seekers should head to South Goa and relax on Majorda, Agonda, Colva, Butterfly and Palolem beaches.
Mykonos is an ultra-glamorous island with legendary landmarks, the chicest clubs, sun-soaked beaches and an azure blue sea. You can learn to surf and play with the waves at Ftelia, Korfos, Kalafatis, and Megali Ammos beaches. Would you rather hop on a jet ski or play beach volleyball? Agia Anna and Elia beach is perfect for such outdoor activities. Mykonos has plenty of hotspots for fishing, snorkelling and underwater diving as well.
Exotic, spiritual, charming, and unspoiled, Bali is Indonesia’s most famous island. Every beginner surfer should start his/her travel journey from Kuta Beach. The people here are polite, caring, and curious. Legian and Seminyak are the other two popular beaches that scores high on active nightlife, fine-dining, and fashion. To escape the crowd, shift your beach party to Ubud, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, or Canggu beaches.
GoFro Tip: Taking a beach towel to lie down/sit on? Try taking a yoga mat instead. Trust us, it will be a lot more comfortable!