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Beaches, beaches, beaches...from the Caribbean's powdery soft, pinkish sands and crystalline waters to the deep blue hues of the Middle Eastern coast and the thriving coral life on some of the idyllic isles of the Indian Ocean – there is a beach for everyone. Whether you prefer them calm, serene and mirror-like or you enjoy a bit of surf, no two beaches are the same and through our various posts we aim to describe exactly what makes each one special, drawing from our very own experience as avid sun-seekers and beach-going travellers.

Whether you love the serene, soothing beauty of tropical beaches or you are fascinated by the big waves of the Pacific ocean, here we give you our opinion on what we believe to be some of the best and most striking – from the ideal family beachside spots to the romantic secluded coves for couples or the fun, activity-packed beaches for active swimmers and water sports lovers; we list them all and try them all.

Beaches, beaches, beaches ...you might think they're all the same but each is special and unique – in this space we'll show you just how.

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  • 06 Mar 2017
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  • Sasha Wood
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Guide to traveller's top-rated Caribbean beaches

According to a recent TripAdvisor poll, more than a third of the world's best beaches lie within the Caribbean. Seek them out yourself with our guide to traveller's top picks.
  • 21 Jan 2017
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  • Sasha Wood
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Black, pink and platinum - Antigua's rainbow of beaches

Sasha Wood tastes the rainbow of beaches in Antigua and Barbuda, from black sand coves to miles of exotic pink sand.
  • 12 Dec 2016
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  • Caroline Howley
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Sun, sea and lots of tapas: A relaxing week in quaint Tavira

As much as I love adventure travel, sometimes everyone needs to relax. With this in mind, this summer I holidayed in Tavira - a quiet city on the Algarve - with only sunbathing, sangria and tapas on my itinerary.
  • 25 Oct 2016
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  • Adam Jacot de Boinod
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Head over heels in St. Lucia

Falling in love with St Lucia is as easy as setting foot on its dreamy, highly scenic and secluded beach coves or walking along its charming villages to take in the local way of life. That's exactly what I did on my most recent trip there, where I got to truly discover why this is one seductive Caribbean island that has earned itself the title of honeymoon destination of the region, year after year. Read on to see exactly what makes this the perfect romantic destination, whether you're a couple or a nature lover seeking tranquil escapism.
  • 11 May 2016
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  • Sasha Wood
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Tropical island idyll: High hopes of Antigua

Ahead of my first trip to Antigua, I wonder if my tropical island fantasy is about to come true.
  • 01 May 2016
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  • Caroline Howley
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Bali: Discovering paradise

I had a whole dreamy month to spend on the paradisiacal island of Bali, but as I explored Ubud, Seminyak, Kuta and Gili Air, I had to make some big decisions about the remainder of my trip.
  • 13 Feb 2016
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  • Sasha Wood
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Portugal's Algarve: a sandy wonderland

Chiselled sandstone shores indented with golden beaches and skirted by footpaths, succulent seafood and a relaxed vibe make Portugal's Algarve a great spot for a solar recharge.
  • 19 Jun 2015
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  • Lucy Grewcock
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Surfing in Sri Lanka: the world's best place to learn?

With year round waves, warm waters and a laid-back beach vibe, Sri Lanka is one of the world's top surf destinations. Modest 3ft waves regularly roll in, creating ideal conditions for beginners, while pro-surfers flock to the challenging 'point breaks' for international competitions.
  • 23 Apr 2015
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  • Richard Trenchard
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Family holidays in the Red Sea: Hurghada

The Red Sea has long been luring families with its inviting coastal landscapes, radiant sunshine; reliably clear blue skies and all-year-long warm temperatures. On this blog I aim to highlight the best family resorts to stay at in Hurghada and the top local attractions for families travelling with youngsters of all ages. From fun shipwreck diving sites to go-karting facilities and protected beachfront camps, there's a lot of fun to be had for families making Hurghada their holiday destination.
  • 06 Apr 2015
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  • Richard Trenchard
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Family holidays in the Red Sea: Sharm el Sheikh

Renowned as an area of mystery and beauty, the Red Sea has attracted visitors for many years. Despite the recent political climate in Egypt, the resorts of Sharm el Sheikh remain safe and free of trouble, and offer a fantastic retreat for families hoping to explore Egypt's golden sands.
  • 13 Mar 2015
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  • Richard Trenchard
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Family holidays in the Red Sea

For those wishing to explore the stunning landscape around the Red Sea, it can appear as though recent political developments in Egypt have made this impossible. However, the resorts around the Red Sea area remain safe and trouble-free, and offer many families the chance to explore the real beauty of Egypt.
  • 13 Feb 2015
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  • Sasha Wood
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Turkey's Turquoise Coast

Southern Turkey's Turquoise Coast takes its name from the stunning azure waters around its dramatic unspoilt coastline of soaring mountains and sandy enclaves. It's a great place to relax and revel in nature, try adventurous activities like paragliding, explore ancient Lycian rock tombs and sample traditional Turkish culture.
  • 23 Jan 2015
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Time to lime: five hot Barbados hangouts

From dancing to Bajan soca sounds under the stars and eating your fill of fresh seafood at an open-air fish fry to live music on the beach and liming with locals in a traditional rum shop, Barbados is a wonderful place for a fun night out. Find out what my favourite night-time hangout spots are with my handy guide to the Barbados' dining, wining and partying scene.
  • 14 Jan 2015
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  • Sasha Wood
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Natural attraction: St Lucia's wild side

Born of fire and brimstone with the iconic twin peaks of the Pitons rising over the island, St Lucia has huge natural appeal for travellers, with dense rainforests, rich coral reefs and a myriad different ways to explore them.
  • 02 Jan 2015
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  • Sasha Wood
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Mayan slice of paradise - 'my own slice of paradise'

Ancient Mayan cities half-concealed by wildlife-rich jungle overlook a coastline painting the picture of paradise while modern colonial cities full of warmth and charm serve up a heady dose of local culture - a trip to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is an unforgettable travel experience.
  • 03 Nov 2014
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  • Sasha Wood
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Between the Sand and the Sea: Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Safaris through brooding desert landscapes and watching sunrise from Mount Sinai, dinner with Bedouins and relaxing on the beach, the Sinai Peninsula has plenty to please travellers above the water, but it's below the Red Sea's waves that you'll find the real action.
  • 15 Sep 2014
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  • Sasha Wood
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Greek Odyssey: Coast and Culture in Corfu

With emerald escarpments framed against turquoise coves, friendly rustic villages and a UNESCO-listed island capital, Corfu stands out amongst countless Greek islands for its natural beauty and timeless charm.
  • 28 Jul 2014
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  • Sasha Wood
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Sensual St Lucia: enlivening the five senses

I've always thought of St Lucia as a luxury beach getaway or honeymoon destination. Somewhere where the serene scenery - turquoise waters, sugar-sand beaches and forested peaks - makes you feel good to be alive. But after a recent meeting with St Lucia's tourist board, I discovered that there's so much more to this idyllic Caribbean island - from jungle adventures and a drive-in volcano to vibrant festivals and delicious local cuisine. Something, in fact, to reinvigorate all five of your senses.
  • 15 Jul 2014
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  • Sasha Wood
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Barbados: Laid-back Little England - Part II

Snorkelling at sunset with turtles, luxuriating on miles of deserted beach, zipping across the jungle canopy and descending into the island's coral heart - read about this and much more in the second instalment of my report on a tourist board-hosted tour around Barbados.
  • 07 Jul 2014
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Barbados: Laid-back Little England - Part I

Known as the 'Little England' of the Caribbean, this tropical former outpost of the British Empire exudes laid-back charm and has been casting its spell on visitors for decades. Justifiably famous for its perfect beaches, I travelled with the tourist board to find out what else the island has to offer.
  • 14 Jun 2014
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  • Lucy Grewcock
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Taghazout - Morocco's number one surf spot

If you've ever wondered what the surf is like on Moroccan beaches or if you'd like to stop for a bit of surfing action during your holiday in Morocco, this post will tell you all about the best spot in the country to hone your surfing skills and navigate the azure waves of the Mediterranean. Ideal for beginners especially, there's a reason (a few in fact) why Taghazout is Morocco's number one surfing destination.
  • 11 Mar 2014
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  • Laura Rawlings
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What to do in Essaouira

Learn all about one of Morocco's most beautiful seaside cities, offering the perfect mix of dreamy beach escape while being in close proximity to Marrakech, the lively capital. But there's more to Morocco than just being an idyllic beach destination, there's plenty to see and do beyond the powdery soft sands, and on this post I'm going to cover just what you can get up to in Essaouira.
  • 19 Feb 2014
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  • Gaby Lucius
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Can't stop loving Zanzibar

Zanzibar is special for one too many reasons, it's not just the raw island beauty or the wild African connection; it goes beyond all the typical stereotypes and wows you with a picturesque heritage and exciting local customs. See it for yourself on my post below and learn the many reasons why I can't help falling in love with Zanzibar, over and over again.
  • 20 Jan 2014
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  • Gaby Lucius
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St Lucia: a top choice for an all inclusive holiday in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a fantastic choice if you're looking for an opulent all inclusive holiday, but St Lucia really stands out for the quality of its resorts and the level of luxury they can offer. Today I'm going to take a look at what makes St Lucia the top option for a high-end Caribbean getaway, as well as give you some information about a few of the island's best resorts.
  • 03 Oct 2013
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  • Laura Rawlings
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Should I visit Costa Rica's Pacific or Caribbean coast?

Planning to visit Costa Rica and stay at one of its beach towns but don't know which coast is the best for you? Then read on to find out about the differences that make Costa Rica's Pacific and Caribbean coasts two very unique seaside regions. From the big waves in the Pacific waters that make it a haven for surfers, to the calm waters of the Caribbean side, where turtles come to nest each year, Costa Rica's two coastlines offer totally different holiday experiences.
  • 27 Sep 2013
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  • Laura Rawlings
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A fun girls' holiday to Dubai

Read through our amazingly fun all-girl holiday to Dubai, learn about our experience as three girlfriends exploring the city and find out about the incredible attractions we visited during our exciting four-day trip. From making a splash at the Atlantis water park to dining in style and enjoying deluxe accommodation at our chosen hotel, we sure had a blast!
  • 23 Sep 2013
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  • Laura Rawlings
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Where are Antigua's best beaches?

Everyone knows that Antigua is an idyllic little Caribbean island with virtually untouched beaches and some of the most pristine stretches of white sands you could find on earth, but if you're struggling to decide on which of this stunning beaches to base yourself on, here we give you the low-down on three of the best and most popular among tourists.