I really like nearly nothing extra to chill out than mendacity within the sunshine on a wonderful seashore in an unique location.
Loads of my journey for many of my grownup life has revolved round in search of out a few of the most lovely seashores I can discover around the globe.
Rising up in Adelaide, Australia, 20 minutes from some really lovely seashores, mixed with the town’s blisteringly scorching summers — it’s 38 levels C/100 F immediately — meant most of my summers rising up have been spent on the seashore, and I now love visiting as many seashores around the globe as I can.
Cities are nice, however in the midst of summer time I really like being on the coast, enjoyable with a beer in hand, studying a ebook within the solar and watching the world go by.
I’ve visited tons of of seashores in (I might estimate) at the very least 20 totally different nations, and have discovered some actually lovely ones. Once I’ve talked about my love of seashores in earlier articles right here at OMAAT, I’ve had a lot of readers ask what my favorite seashores are.
Now I don’t profess to have visited each seashore on the earth — nobody has.
So this isn’t a definitive listing of the world’s greatest seashores — these are as an alternative my favourites I’ve personally visited and loved.
What do I search for in an awesome seashore?
- Good circumstances to each benefit from the sand and the water — heat climate (in summer time no less than), sunshine, not too windy, and water that’s a pleasant temperature to be in. As lovely because the seashores in Cape City, South Africa are, the water is so ice chilly that no one goes in it, which to me, largely defeats the aim of going to a seashore!
- Some amenities reminiscent of cafes, bars, eating places, loos, parking, and so forth., although this can be a stability — I don’t are likely to take pleasure in actually constructed up, crowded, business, noisy seashores.
- Picturesque — blue water, white sand, ideally little to no seaweed, and no garbage.
So in no specific order, these are my favourites.
1. Rilindja Seashore, Ksamil, Albania
Once I first noticed this seashore it took my breath away and I might go as far as to say it’s the most lovely seashore I’ve seen in Europe.
The sand was concerning the whitest and softest I’ve skilled and the water was unbelievably clear. Albania was not the place I anticipated to seek out such a lovely seashore, however I ended up staying there for every week as a result of the seashores within the native space (Rilindja particularly) have been so beautiful.
Ksamil itself just isn’t a ravishing city, however its seashores greater than make up for it.
The city’s peak vacationer season is unusually brief — solely round 10 weeks from late June to early September. We have been there in mid-September and native cafes and eating places have been closing by the day, however it meant there have been no crowds.
Albania, together with Ksamil, is a really reasonably priced nation to go to.
Find out how to get there on miles
This place is somewhat tough to get to.
You’ll be able to fly into Albania’s capital Tirana from main airports like London Gatwick (on British Airways), Frankfurt (Lufthansa or Adria), Rome (Alitalia) or Istanbul (Turkish) or numerous low value constitution airways from different European airports. However you’ll then have to both drive, or take a bus switch for round 5 hours right down to Ksamil.
We did this and whereas cheap, Albania’s roads aren’t superb, so it;’s not probably the most snug journey.
One other strategy to get there, which ought to be faster, is to fly into the close by Greek island of Corfu (you’ll be able to see Corfu from Rilindja seashore). This has seasonal flights from airports like London (on BA), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Helsinki (Finnair), Munich (Lufthansa) and Geneva (Swiss) as properly we constitution airline flights from throughout Europe.
As soon as in Corfu you’ll be able to take the ferry to Sarande (Albania) after which it’s a brief drive/bus right down to Ksamil.
Corfu is a superb vacation spot as nicely, though the seashores don’t have anything on Ksamil.
2. Trinity Seashore, Far North Queensland, Australia
Far North Queensland has no scarcity of beautiful seashores — I feel amongst the most effective in Australia.
Totally different Australians like totally different elements of ‘FNQ’ — Port Douglas is common for honeymooners, whereas Palm Cove is well-known for its spa remedies, and protected and household pleasant holidays.
I’ve been to FNQ a number of occasions and tried out a number of totally different places, however Trinity Seashore stays my favorite. It’s a lot smaller than Port Douglas and Palm Cove, so retains a quaint, small seaside city really feel whereas nonetheless being accessible by street to the Nice Barrier Reef, and to me is the definition of rest and tropical tranquillity.
The foremost seashore is simply steps away from a number of lodging choices in addition to a handful of laid again, welcoming cafes and eating places.
Trinity Seashore (Supply: Getaroom)
How one can get there on miles
Trinity Seashore is likely one of the ‘Cairns Northern Beaches,’ all accessible by street from Cairns Airport. Each Qantas and Virgin Australia have quite a few providers to Cairns from different cities in Australia — particularly the most important airports of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Cairns additionally sees a handful of worldwide airways, like Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong, Air New Zealand from Auckland, China Japanese from Shanghai and Hainan Airways from Shenzhen.
three. Ko Samet Island, Thailand
Thailand has an enormous variety of lovely seashores, and choosing only one right here was robust.
Ko Samet/Samed narrowly edged out Ko Lanta for me, as a result of it’s a singular island expertise, simply accessible from Bangkok.
The island is so small that it solely has one foremost street and far of the island is walkable. There’s loads of lovely, cheap villas and different lodging behind totally different seashores on the island, in addition to being dotted with numerous bars and eating places proper on the seashore that you would be able to simply stroll from one to the subsequent, alongside the seashore.
Consuming a whole baked recent fish on the sand by candlelight is an exquisite approach to take pleasure in Thailand!
There’s a good quantity of amenities, although luckily Ko Samet’s strict conservation restrictions means the island hasn’t seen the identical kind of rampant, unregulated improvement of locations like Phuket (once I was there a minimum of), so it remained peaceable, clear however nonetheless with lovely white sandy seashores and refreshing water for a dip when the solar obtained too heat.
I haven’t singled out one specific seashore within the island, as a result of they’re all fairly comparable and I loved quite a few them equally.
Ko Samet, Thailand (Supply: Chiclocations)
Methods to get there on miles
Fly to Bangkok BKK airport, considered one of Asia’s main airports serviced by dozens of main carriers.
From there you possibly can both get a taxi, mini-bus or rent a automotive for the three – four hour drive down the coast to Rayong or Ban Phe, to then take the brief ferry throughout to Samet (it’s an island, keep in mind!).
four. Lengthy Bay, Anguilla, Caribbean
I visited Turks and Caicos final month primarily as a result of it has the ‘world’s no 1 seashore,’ as voted by Journey Advisor, Grace Bay.
Grace Bay was definitely a stunning seashore, however it doesn’t make my listing of favourites. It had a good quantity of seaweed on the seashore and within the water, and though there have been large resorts proper on the seashore, there have been surprisingly few amenities there, which means you wanted to go away the seashore to have a meal or a drink.
I spent three weeks island hopping by way of the Caribbean final month, as I’ll write about in a separate publish, and it has loads of implausible seashores, however probably the most beautiful seashores I noticed have been within the tiny island of Anguilla.
We stopped in Lengthy Bay for lunch as a part of a day lengthy catamaran crusing journey, and I couldn’t recover from the unimaginable turquoise waters of the island with their white sandy seashores.
It was precisely what the postcards of lovely Caribbean seashores appear to be!
Easy methods to get there on miles
This one isn’t straightforward!
Whereas Anguilla has an airport, it is just serviced by small regional airways from different close by islands.
Your greatest guess is to fly to close by, bigger Sint Maarten (SXM) airport, which is serviced by main airways like Air Canada (from Toronto), Air France (Paris), KLM (Amsterdam) and United, Delta and American from numerous main US airports.
SXM airport has the additional advantage of a number of the world’s most original aircraft recognizing alternatives!
5. Se Rapita, Majorca, Spain
Spain is a dependable European choice for nice seashores, and with the addition of their incredible Mediterranean local weather, nice meals and wine and straightforward transport choices, it’s one among my favorite nations in Europe in summer time.
I’ve chosen Se Rapita for its lovely clear water and miles of uncrowded, peaceable seashores.
The seashore is dotted with the odd bar/cafe should you’re in search of one thing to eat or drink, however in any other case, even within the busy summer time months, it has by no means been crowded once I’ve been there and is extremely peaceable.
There’s the odd yacht bobbing lazily out within the ocean however the peace isn’t damaged by jet skis racing one another or hawkers making an attempt to promote you issues each 5 minutes.
The way to get there on miles
The solely airport on the island, Palma de Majorca Airport (PMI), is the third busiest airport in Spain, with most main European airways flying there at the very least seasonally over the busy summer time months.
It’s very fashionable, particularly with British and German travellers, so in the event you’re redeeming miles you’ll need to ebook as early as you possibly can.
There are not any lengthy haul flights to Majorca but, however with Qatar now working to Malaga (one other Spanish seashore vacation vacation spot with much less visitors than PMI), I hope to see lengthy haul flights, at the least seasonally to Majorca at some stage.
I’ll proceed to search for nice seashores as I journey within the hotter months, as I discover them to be a good way to loosen up within the sunshine.
When you’ve got discovered even higher seashores than any listed above please let me know within the remark under as I’ll by no means get sick of exploring new ones in addition to returning to those favourites.
The place is your favorite seashore?