See also Pacific beach pictures
– Matira, Bora Bora, French Polynesia. One of South Pacific’s best beaches.
– Yasawa Islands, Fiji, a group of islands with some fine sandy strands and lively backpacker resorts.
– One Foot Island, islet of Aitutaki Island. Cook Islands beaches pictures.
– South coast of Ofu Island, American Samoa. A dramatic landscape with few visitors.
– Lefaga and Aleipata beaches, Upolu island, Western Samoa. Not well known but two of the most attractive beaches in the Pacific.
– Ha’apai Beach, Foa island, Ha’apai islands, Tonga. Perhaps the least costly destination in the Pacific with the most welcoming locals.
– USA: Fine sands and warm waters in Hawaii.
– 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.
– Brazil: loaded with huge, soft white sand beaches. Rio’s Copacabana is a classic wild city beach, but there are plenty more!
Calla Romantica beach, Mallorca/Majorca, Spain
– 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.
– Egypt’s Mediterranean coastal resorts of Sidi Abdel Rahman and Marsa Matruh have slightly primitive facilities but are low cost and culturally interesting, but head for Egypt’s Red Sea if comfort, coral and mass-tourism is more your thing.
Anse Cocos beach, La Digue island, Seychelles. Photo by Tobias Alt
– 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.
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.