– 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. Ubud is particularly disappointing!
– Tanzania: Zanzibar’s best beaches are on the north and east coasts, but some prefer neighbouring Mafia Island’s solitude. A great way to wind down after a Tanzania wildlife safari.
– Madagascar: Ile Sainte Marie. An idyllic island resort fringed by peaceful beaches.
– USA: Florida’s beaches are in full swing now on east and west shores and the Keys – which are hot, small and sticky.
– UK: The shores are craggily attractive, the water temperature is tolerable now and British beaches are looking tempting, especially those on the warm south coast such as Dorset and Cornwall.
– Many excellent beaches in Portugal.
– Some great stretches of soft sand on the west coast of France, such as La Rochelle, Arcachon, Biarritz and St Jean de Luz.
– Essaouira, Morocco. A tranquil seaside resort popular with independent travelers.
– Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort, a secluded, palm-fringed beach, or Kampung Juara for total serenity, Tioman Island.
– Long Beach, Kecil Island, Perhentian Islands. A popular destination for budget travelers.
– 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.
– China Beach, between Da Nang and Hoi An. An endless and unspoilt white strand.
– Mui Ne on ‘the Vietnamese Riviera’ is a delightful little town of friendly locals, with a splendid white sandy beach.
– 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 Jan-March gets some rain and cloud while December-January is crowded and super heated, so April-November is best for swimming.
August to the end of October is the normal hurricane season but though hurricanes are rare (especially in southern islands), rain is not, the humidity can be oppressive and stormy, water may be rough and unclear and beaches garbed in seaweed.
That being said, the Dutch ABC are a great, three-island Caribbean budget destinations way south of major storms and still looking for visitors.
Check Aruba, Bonaire mainly for diving and windsurfing and Curaçao for a small but OK beaches, good snorkeling and reasonable diving.
Beaches that are not a good idea in July
– it’s winter and water is chilly in southern Australia, go north but don’t expect much surf, just toxic jellies.
Crowded, sticky, mosquito season, stom clouds gathering. . . .
May – Oct 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, from June – Dec.
Endless spectacular silky sand beaches on coral atolls with equally spectacular resorts, but June and July are the wettest months.
Muscat beaches (Arabian Sea). Over 1, 000 miles of coastline with endless unspoilt nature, but Jume and July are unbearably hot.
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.
– Palau, the Rock Islands known for their coral rock formations, colourful underwater life and stunning beaches, but typhoons can be expected between June and August.