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World's Best Beaches
July

 

Sarti beach in Halkidiki, Greece, Europe

Sarti beach in Halkidiki, Greece

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Mediterranean

- Many fantastic Greek beaches, see pictures

 

- Some enjoyable and characterful Turkish beaches, see pictures

 

- 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.

 

- There's still a little space left in Spain but generally it's overbuilt, overrun and overheated in July, though this is the best time for Spain's Atlantic Coast.

 

- Superb, dazzling, emerald seas and golden rocks of Sardinia and Lampedusa islands, Italy.

 

- Croatia beaches, not the Med, but the nearby Adriatic and one of Europe's fresh destinations, home to a handful of lovely, secluded and low cost beaches.

 

 

Pacific Ocean See also Pacific Beach Pictures

 

- USA: Fine sands and warm waters in Hawaii and California.

 

- Chile: Anakena beach, Easter Island. Not a huge beach but soft sand, clear sea, palm trees and six huge moai monitoring the traffic.

 

- French Polynesia: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, one of the South Pacific's most famous beaches.

 

- Yasawa Islands, Fiji, lovely clear seas, coral and sandy beaches with good value backpacker hotels.

 

- One Foot Island Beach, islet of Aitutaki Island. Listed as one of the 'Unforgettable places to see before you die', a BBC Book.

- South coast of Ofu Island, American Samoa. A dramatic landscape and part of a National Park, with very few tourists.
- Lefaga Beaches and Aleipata Beach, Upolu island, Western Samoa. Relatively unknown but one of the prettiest beaches in the South Pacific.

- Ha'apai Beach, Foa island, Ha'apai islands, Tonga. Some of the least expensive destinations in the South Pacific with the friendliest locals.

 

Indian Ocean

 

- Indonesia: Bali's beaches range from big and busy with surfing (Kuta) to calm resorts with outdoor dining (Jimbaran), but there's plenty to do, culture too!

 

- 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.

 

Atlantic Ocean

 

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.

 

 

Malaysia

- 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.

 

Vietnam

- 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.

 

Australia (Northern Coasts)

- 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.

 

Caribbean
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 CuraƧao for a small but OK beaches, good snorkeling and reasonable diving.

 

 

Beaches that are not a good idea in July

Australia (South East Coast):
- it's winter and water is chilly in southern Australia, go north but don't expect much surf, just toxic jellies.

 

Mexico:
Crowded, sticky, mosquito season....

 

Thailand
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.

 

Maldives Islands: Endless spectacular silky sand beaches on coral atolls with equally spectacular resorts, but June and July are the wettest months.

 

Oman: Muscat beaches (Arabian Sea). Over 1,000 miles of coastline with endless unspoilt nature, but Jume and July are unbearably hot.

 

Seychelles: 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.

 

 

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