– Some deservedly famous French beaches. The Cote d’Azur is overcrowded but the massive stretches of sand north of Biarritz on the west coast less so. Corsica beaches (island) are marginally less busy, less costly and more sandy, more beautiful.
Surfing off Balangan beach, Bukit peninsula, Bali. Balangan does have a quieter beach section too!
– 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-jam-tolerant. Whatever, Bali beaches are probably the best in Asia in July.
– Madagascar: Ile Sainte Marie. An idyllic island resort fringed by peaceful beaches.
– Many excellent beaches in Portugal.
– 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.
– 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.
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, storm clouds gathering. . . .
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, from June – December.
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 June 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.