World’s Best Beaches July

San Sebastian's best feature, La Concha Bay and its two terrific beaches, Playa de La Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, best beaches July

 San Sebastian-Donostia’s best feature, La Concha Bay and two of its terrific beaches, on Spain’s Atlantic Coast.

Best beaches July according to climate data

Mediterranean/Atlantic

– The Med is pleasured by many fantastic Greek beaches, see pictures

– As well as some enjoyable and characterful Turkish beaches.

– There are many deservedly famous French beaches but the Cote d’Azur is overcrowded at this time. However the massive stretches of sand north of Biarritz on the west/Atlantic coast less so, such as Arcachon. Corsica beaches 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  tho’ the Atlantic waters  are still chilly (choose a shallow water beach if you like warm-ish water!). From San Sebastian-Donostia to Santander and over to Galicia, the coast is scattered with spectacularly scenic beaches.

– 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.

Studland middle beach, Dorset, best England beaches.

Studland middle beach, Dorset, England.

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.

Indonesia: Bali’s beaches range from big, busy and easy to reach but lacking in character  (Kuta/Legian/Seminyak) to awesome surf and swimming beaches (such as Bingin and Padang Padang) and calm upscale resorts with outdoor dining (e.g Jimbaran, Bingin, Sanur and pricey resorts in Nusa Dua region), but getting around is a pain in Bali these days with seriously bad traffic so don’t plan on travelling much unless you’re traffic-jam-tolerant. Whatever, Bali beaches are probably the best in Asia in July.

– 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.

See also Pacific Beach Pictures

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

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.

Malaysia

Langkawi beach, Malaysia

Langkawi beach, Malaysia. Photo by Anton Zelenov.

– 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.

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 January-March gets some rain and cloud while December-January is crowded and super heated, so April-November is best for swimming.

Caribbean best beaches July

Aruba island, Palm Beach, Caribbean

Aruba island, Palm Beach, 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 Curaçao for a small but OK beaches, good snorkeling and reasonable diving.