– Datai Beach, Langkawi Island. One of the world’s most secluded and picture-perfect hideaways.
– Pantai Teluk Belanga (Emerald Bay), Pangkor Laut. A luxury resort on the brilliant crescent bay of a tiny private island.
– Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort, a secluded, palm-fringed beach, or Kampung Juarafor total serenity. Both on Tioman Island.
– Long Beach, Kecil Island, Perhentian Islands. A popular destination for budget travelers.
– Puraran Beach, Catanduanes Island, one of the Philippines’ major surf venues with with white sand that demands a hug.
– Redang Island, Redang archipelago, with a superb marine park, is excellent for scuba/snorkel addicts.
– Turtle Beach and Golden Beach, Similajau National Park, Sarawak. Well worth the hassle to get there for some of Malaysia’s finest beaches.
– Honda Bay, Palawan, Philippines. An area of outstanding natural beauty.
– Malapascua Island, Cebu. Relatively unknown but highly rated as one of the world’s best beach/dives.
– Bantayan Island, Cebu. A low-key, laid-back resort with friendly locals.
– Muelle Bay, Puerto Galera, Mindoro Island. An ideal place to go island-hopping on to pristine beaches.
– Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol. A picturesque beach near the famous Chocolate Hills landscape.
– White Beach, Boracay Island. Exceptionally white, soft sand that never gets hot, a long palm fringe and with a huge variety of small, friendly accommodations.
– Mui Ne Beach, near Phan Thiet. An upcoming resort area known for its spectacular sand dunes.
– Hon Chong Beach, Ha Tien; a seductive beach near the Cambodian border.
– Bai Tam (Long Beach), Phu Quoc Island. A secret jewel of Southeast Asia.
– USA: the state of Florida is southerly enough to be warm by April, but keep on going south to the Florida Keys for smaller beaches and more heat.
– Canary Islands (Spain), a grand variety of sunny Canaries beaches are on offer from action-packed, to big and placid or secluded and natural. La Palma is the wettest island. Water temperatures are not very warm, ranging from 18ºC in winter to 22ºC in summer.
– South Africa, Camps Bay, with stunning views and easy access from beautiful Capetown, but chilly water.
– Brazil is blessed with many massive, fine beaches, such as Rio’s magnificent Copacabana- perhaps the world’s best city beach?
See also Pacific Beach Pictures
– USA: Fine sands and warm waters in California and Hawaii (though it is better to avoid ‘Golden Week’ between the last week of April and the first week of May as Japanese spring holiday makers invade Hawaii, especially Waikiki, so it is likely to be packed and pricy.
– Rock Islands, Palau, known for their curious and beautiful coral rock formations and great beaches.
– Spain‘s Balearic Islands – especially Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza – have been one of Europe’s most popular beach holiday destinations for years and start cranking up the action in April; they’re inexpensive, see plenty of sun and host some of the Europe’s best beaches as well as superb hiking trails and nightlife.
Spain’s southern coasts, such as Costa de la Luz and Costa del Sol will probably be sunny but the water will be cold.
April is just after the best season for both east and west coast beaches, though it gets hotter, stickier towards rainy season; it’s a long way to go for most of us but once you’re there it’s magic – apart from some degree of sleaze. . . low prices, lovely people, fascinating culture, exquisite food and of course magnificent stretches of sand to suit all tastes from Phuket to Pattaya and Phi Phi; see Thai beaches map and beach pictures.
Beach holiday destinations that are probably not a good idea in April
– Kenya: Diani or Serena beaches are good for families and great value for money, but not from April to June, a long rainy season.
– Tanzania: A perfect holiday end after doing a Tanzania wildlife safari on Zanzibar’s best beaches, though April and May are not a perfect time due to the wet season.
South Pacific such as the Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoas are still in a rainy season, try next month.