– Some deservedly famous French beaches; the Cote d’Azur is overcrowded, with St Tropez heading the bling list and Cannes or Juan-les-Pins close behind with Antibes‘ sandy stretches, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Nice‘s stony strands much better value.
Corsica beaches (an island) are less busy, less costly and more beautiful. Take a ferry from Nice or fly there.
Geger beach on the Bukit peninsula in south Bali in August, Indonesia
– Indonesia: Bali’s beaches range from big, busy and easy to reach but lacking in character (Kuta/Legian/Seminyak) to awesome surf and swimming beaches (such as Bingin and Padang Padang) and calm upscale resorts with outdoor dining (e.g Jimbaran, Bingin, Sanur and pricey resorts in Nusa Dua region), but getting around is a pain in Bali these days with seriously bad traffic so don’t plan on travelling much unless you’re traffic-tolerant. Bali beaches are arguably the best in Asia in July.
– Madagascar: Ile Sainte Marie is an idyllic island resort fringed by peaceful beaches.
– Tanzania: Zanzibar’s best beaches are on the north and east coasts, though experienced travellers often enjoy neighbouring Mafia Island’s isolation. A perfect way to end the holiday after doing a Tanzania wildlife safari.
– Many excellent beaches in Portugal.
– Essaouira, Morocco. A tranquil seaside resort popular with independent travelers.
Bathers in wetsuits/stinger suits off Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Australia
– The north-west shores above Perth are home to the amazing Ningaloo Reef and massive stretches of dazzling, people-free sand. North East Coast (Cairns & Great Barrier Reef islands) is hot all year (above 26C) but January-March gets some rain and cloud while December-January is crowded and super heated, so April-November is best for swimming. BUT! The seas are packed with deadly critters – such as box jellies and tiger sharks – so you’ll either be swimming in a full wetsuit or in one of the very pleasant artificial lagoons hosted by Cairns or Airlie Beach.
Depends on the island but rain, wind and choppy seas may be visiting and hurricanes are possible.
However, if you’re really keen on a little time in this region and August is your holiday month then there is one cluster of Caribe islands that is well out of the hurricane belt down in the south and still functioning normally, the Dutch Caribbean, including Aruba, Bonaire (for diving and windsurfing) and Curaçao.
See our Caribbean Best Budget Islands page.
Beaches that are probably not a good idea in August
It’s winter and water is chilly in southern Australia, go north but don’t expect to do much swimming without stinger suits.
No thanks! Storm season means frequent rough seas, cloud, wind, rain.
May – October is the worst time to go, particularly on the west coast due to heavy rains.
The Gulf (east) Coast has a less rain than the west but for longer periods, from June – December.
Stunning islands hosting some of the world’s best beaches, but July to September are the worst months to be on sands due to the south-east trade winds, while it is a good time for surfing.
The Rock Islands known for their coral rock formations, colourful underwater life and stunning beaches, but typhoons can be expected between June and August.