- Greece: Still good up to late September, beach pictures
- Turkish beaches, Turkey beach pictures are also good for a last summer fling before close-down.
beaches are now suddenly cheap(ish) and cheerful as the bling set leave the Côte d'Azur though St Tropez is still stuffed with porky North Europeans; Corsica
beaches are gorgeous; Cannes is small, sandy and pretentious; Nice's huge stony bay, while not cuddly offers great shoreside attractions.
- Spain's beaches are low cost and now that August's tourists have staggered back to the dole queues and temperatures are perfect it's looking pretty good. The Balearic Islands - Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza - are cheap to reach with package deals, less expensive than most of Europe enjoy a superb climate with plenty of sun and host some of the Mediterranean's best beaches.
- Italy: Not a country of great beaches but the translucent waters, golden rocks and culture of Sardinia and Lampedusa islands are worth the travel trouble.
- Sidi Abdel Rahman or Marsa Matrouh, Egypt, offer long strands of brilliant white sand
along the coast west from Alexandria, but not a lot of facilities so adventurers required (stay in Alex and rent a car for day trips?).
- 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.
Ocean beaches. See also Pacific
- Chile: Anakena beach, Easter
Island. Not huge but soft sand, clear sea,
palm trees and six huge moai watching your backs.
- Matira, Bora
Bora, French Polynesia. One of South Pacific's
most revered beaches.
- Fiji: Yasawa
Islands beaches, a group of islands with small, fine
sandy beaches and low cost backpacker resorts.
Islands: One Foot Island, islet of Aitutaki Island.
- American Samoa: South coast of Ofu Island. A dramatic landscape
with few visitors.
- Western Samoa: Lefaga and Aleipata beaches, Upolu island.
Not well known but two of the most attractive beaches in the
- Tonga: Ha'apai Beach, Foa
island, Ha'apai islands. Perhaps the least costly destination
in the Pacific with the most welcoming locals, but hell to get there.
- USA: Fine sands and warm waters in Hawaii.
- it's winter and water is chilly in southern Australia, so go north-east or north-west but don't expect much surf. Beyond Brisbane on the east coast, due to toxic jellies and the odd shark tourists tend to be either dressed in wetsuits or swim in free, attractive, salt-water lagoons. The north-west shores above Perth are home to the amazing Ningaloo Reef and massive stretches of dazzling, people-free sand.
- UK: The shores can be impressively rocky or comfortably sandy, the water temperature is at its best now and British beaches are looking tempting, especially those on the warm south coast such as Dorset and Cornwall or even stony Brighton though the weather is unrelaible.
- Portugal, hosts numerous soft-sand beaches; on the Atlantic coast for surf and size, Algarve for warmth, facilities and toddler-friendly surf.
- France's Atlantic coast has great stretches of soft sand and surfing, such as La Rochelle, Arcachon, Biarritz and St
Jean de Luz.
- Spain's Canary Islands, enjoy endless sunshine and beaches of all types - activities, nudist, family, surfing, wild town sand, back-to-nature coves. Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are the sunniest and La Palma the wettest.
- Morocco: Essaouira's beaches are huge though a little plain, high surf and wind-swept (so brilliant for windsurfers and surfers), but the town is gorgeous, culture-rich and popular with independent
- Brazil is blessed with many massive, fine beaches, such as Rio's magnificent Copacabana - perhaps the world's best city beach, and life is lively and low cost though the seas are usually rough and cold.
- Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort, a secluded, palm-fringed beach, or
Kampung Juara for serenity, Tioman Island.
- Long Beach, Kecil Island, Perhentian Islands, popular
with budget travelers.
- Redang Island, Redang archipelago, with a superb marine park
is perfect for scuba and snorkel folk.
- Turtle Beach and Golden Beach, Similajau National Park, Sarawak.
A pain to get to but some of Malaysia's best
Beach between Da Nang and Hoi An is an lengthy white
strip, Mui Ne is breezy and fairly undeveloped while Nha Trang on the 'Vietnamese Riviera' is a little town with a terrific white sand beach.
- 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!
- Madagascar: Ile Sainte Marie is an idyllic island resort fringed by peaceful beaches.
- Mauritius: Flic en Flac, Trou aux Biches and Paradis beach. Less fantasy and much less costly than the neighbouring Seychelles
but with high quality resorts that look after romantics as well as families.
- Tanzania: Zanzibar's best beaches are on the north and east coasts, though experienced travellers often enjoy neighbouring Mafia Island's isolation.
A perfect way to end the holiday after doing a wildlife safari.
Beaches that are probably not a good idea in September
Depends on the island but rain, wind and choppy seas, even hurricanes may be visiting while lots of tourists won't be and many facilities will be closed. Very low cost but risky!
Best chance for fantastic beaches outside the hurricane belt is Aruba in the far south Caribbean, along with neighbouring Bonaire mainly for diving and windsurfing and Curacao for small beaches and modest diving.
Nope! Storm season may mean choppy seas, cloud, wind,
rain, seaweed on the beach, closed facilities at alia.
May - Oct is the worst time to go, especially on the Andaman
(west) Coast (big rains).
The Gulf (east) Coast has much less rains than the west
coast but for longer, from June - Dec.
Seychelles: those stunning
islands hosting some of the world's best
beaches, but July to September are the worst months to be on due to the south-east trade winds, while it is a good time for surfing.
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