– The Canary Islands (Spain), being nearer North Africa than Spain, enjoy a climate that could be described as perpetual summer with sunshine as standard and temperatures rarely below 18C (64F), reaching upper 30Cs maximum in mid-summer; there’s a grand variety of beaches on offer from action-packed city sand, to big and placid or secluded and natural. However, the waters are the Atlantic are hardly warm (18C – 22C).
Out of summertime the southern sections of islands tend to be the warmest and Fuerteventura and Lanzarote the sunniest.
– South Africa: Camps Bay, with stunning views, good surfing at one end, adequate facilities and easy access from Capetown but chilly water.
– Brazil: loaded with huge, soft white sand beaches. Rio’s Copacabana is a classic wild city beach, but there are plenty more!
– Greece: OK to mid October but many services are shutting down at this time, including ferries. Beach pictures
– Turkish beaches are, like Greece, borderline cool and lonely in October. Turkey beach pictures.
– French beaches are now limited to the Côte d’Azur and Corsica, getting cooler of course, with possible rain, but the towns are still lively.
– Spain’s beaches in October are mostly limited to the south coast and the island groups if swimming is required. The Balearic Islands – Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza – are cheap and cheerful while the Canary Islands are the best bet for serious sunshine.
– Italy: this might be a good time to check out the culture and beaches of Sardinia, but Italy has little else of interest.
– Egypt’s Mediterranean coastal resorts of Sidi Abdel Rahman and Marsa Matrouh have slightly primitive facilites but are low cost and culturally interesting, but head for Egypt’s Red Sea if comfort, coral and mass-tourism is more your thing.
– Redang Island, Redang archipelago (South China Sea, near Thailand), good for scuba and snorkelling.
– India: Goa beaches. A tourist magnet but still fun. The least crowded stretches are north of the Chapora River.
– Seychelles: Anse Lazio, Praslin island, Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island, Ile Souris, east coast of Mahé island. Pricey but stunning islands hosting some of the world’s best beaches.
– Mauritius: Less isolated, dreamy and pricey than Seychelles but superb all-inclusive holiday resorts and great environment for both romantic and family holidays.
– Oman: Muscat beaches. Over 1, 000 miles of coastline with infinite unspoilt sand, very few tourists and a tranquil, sensible Arab culture.
– Madagascar: Ile Sainte Marie. An idyllic island resort fringed by peaceful beaches.
China Beach between Da Nang and Hoi An is an endless white strand, Mui Ne is breezy and fairly undeveloped while Nha Trang is a charming little town with a fine white sandy beach.
Egypt’s celebrated Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and Dahab (or head north up the Sinai peninsula for less package holiday crowds) as well as Israel‘s rather tired Eilat have a lot of competition so prices are reasonable, sun is constant, coral is lush and lively, the sea’s warm and side trips to ancient sites like Luxor are a mass-tourism must-do.
The Red Sea’s air temperature is generally about 30°C in October (24°C at night) and water temperature is a warm 27°C with very low humidity and almost no chance of rain.
Beaches that are probably not a good idea in October
also see Caribbean Beach Resorts
August to the end of October is the hurricane season and though hurricanes are uncommon, rain is not, the humidity can be oppressive, water may be choppy, unclear and sands swathed in weed. However, islands in the far south Caribe are outside the hurricane route and could be fine.
Check the Dutch ABC, Aruba, Bonaire (only to dive or windsurf), Curaçao.
No, not just yet, though you could risk it. See above, the Caribbean.
or see Thai beach pictures, beaches map
May – Oct is the worst time to go, particularly on the west coast due to heavy rains.
The Gulf (east) Coast has less rain than the west but for longer, from June – Dec.