– India: Goa beaches are a people magnet but interesting and can be fun. One problem is stretches of sand tend to be massive, medium-brown and featureless – apart from the throngs of fully dressed Indians watching every move the foreigners make. Note that Indians will often paddle-swim fully dressed so topless bathing is not a good idea. The least crowded stretches of Goa are north of the Chapora River.
– Maldives Islands: Endless smart soft sand beaches on coral atolls decorated with spectacular resorts and astronomical prices.
Most visitors come on packages, staying at one of the 90 otherwise uninhabited resort islands. Resorts are well set up with beautiful beaches and clear azure seas, great for snorkeling and diving. There are no cultural experience at all, just luxury and escapism with no hassle.
– Seychelles: Anse Lazio, Praslin island, Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island, Ile Souris, east coast of Mahé island. Pricey but incredible ‘paradise’ island resorts.
– Unawatuna, Sri Lanka. An ideal destination for a beach and culture holiday.
– South Africa’s east coast is a low-cost, low jet-lag, sea-food and wine paradise, with action-packed city beaches such as Durban and totally peaceful, undeveloped beaches like Nature’s Valley. In February beach business is slackening off but the place is still a delight for Europeans escaping mid-winter.