From Bermuda to Croatia, travellers have revealed their favourite sunny spots
While we at Kiwi.com consider ourselves the travel experts, we will never stop listening to the opinions of fellow travellers. That is why we have gathered the most valuable feedback on our previous beaches-related posts. And now, we have compiled a list of the world’s best locations for some summer relaxation.
So, pack your swimsuits and the latest bestsellers, and check out the best beaches for 2019 according to our readers.
Horseshoe beach, Bermuda
The whole area of this British island territory in the North Atlantic Ocean prides itself with trademark pinkish sand and gentle turquoise waters. But the Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton stands out from the rest.
Named after its iconic curved shape, Horseshoe ranked well in the Top 20 beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveller in 2016. It was also listed as one of the most popular sandy stretches by TripAdvisor.
From swimming to boogie boarding or snorkelling, the beach has something to offer to all types of holidaymakers. It’s also surrounded by a dramatic rock formation with hidden caves awaiting a discovery.
Having the option to build sand castles or play beach volleyball, the area is more than family-friendly. The little ones can also enjoy an enclosed part of the beach of the Port Royal Cove that keeps the waves out.
If it is calmness and authenticity you are looking for, head to the Kadavu Group archipelago in Fiji’s Great Astrolabe Reef.
Remaining rather untouched by modern civilisation, the Kadavu islands stand for a real refuge from the hassle of the modern life. It is also the place to best experience the true Fijian culture.
The Kadavu beach resort is famous for its grey volcanic sand as well as for the surrounding rainforests with unspoiled flora and fauna.
To emphasise the friendly and authentic atmosphere, watch a local rugby game, visit the island’s school, or join Kadavus for some afternoon kava. Enjoy the lifestyle of the people of the Kadavu archipelago that is still very similar to that of past generations.
However, prepare to be active, as there are almost no roads on the island. The most common means of transportation here is the good old human feet.
Sandspit, Karachi, Pakistan
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As one of the most popular picnic spots in the Karachi area, Sandspit is the ideal place for all generations enjoying their time together. Families tend to spend the whole day on the beach with the option of renting a nearby cottage for a reasonable price.
The more active visitors can take advantage of various water-related activities as well as horse and camel riding. The area prides itself with rich marine life including algae, crabs, and especially in winter, green turtles.
The best time to enjoy the Sandspit beach is in winter, ideally in the months from October to March. As the monsoon period can be rather harsh there, it is not recommended to visit the spot during the time.
Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
If you prefer having the whole beach practically to yourself, head to Matapalo — Costa Rica’s one true hidden gem. Located in the Quepos canton in the province of Puntarenas, the community of beaches offers kilometres of sand in sheer solitude.
The area boasts with uninterrupted wildlife with capuchin monkeys, sloths and toucans strolling around in large numbers.
With the sunshine and warm ocean water for almost every single day of the year, it is easy to say that Playa Matapalo has one season only — an endless summer.
Furthermore, Matapalo focuses on sustainable living with the majority of lodges running on solar energy. Its dedication to conserving the surrounding environment makes it the perfect beach to visit without leaving a carbon footprint behind. Playa Matapalo is the real green choice for romantic introverts.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
The tiny Dutch Caribbean island country of Aruba boasts with various beautiful beaches. But particularly one of them has been getting the best reviews on TripAdvisor — the Eagle Beach.
The shore is famous for its pristine and soft white sands and for being home to two of the most photographed and renowned fofoti trees in Aruba.
However, if you belong to those who like to free themselves from their clothes, this might not be the right place. Nudity is strictly prohibited on the beaches of Aruba.
Being well appreciated among travellers, it is no wonder why the Eagle Beach also ranked third in this year’s TripAdvisor travel choice awards in the Beach category.
Ngapali Beach, Myanmar
Southeast Asian Myanmar is mostly famous for its breathtaking temples and pagodas. But there is also another perk the country formerly known as Burma prides with — a seven-kilometre stretch of paradise called Ngapali.
The white sand coastline with perfect palm trees still remains relatively undiscovered and it creates an excellent opportunity to spend some time outside the touristy crowds. The few hotels scattered near the beach are designed to blend in with the surrounding nature.
It takes at least three days to discover the whole Ngapali area and there is no better way to do it than to cycle around. The road along the coastline is ten kilometres long and there are various bike rentals around.
To experience the local culture, you can either mingle with friendly and open locals or rent a boat from fishermen to explore nearby villages and do a bit of snorkelling in the turquoise waters.
Englishman’s Beach, Tobago
Don’t worry, despite its name this beach welcomes visitors from all around the globe. Often called the Jewel of Tobago, the whole Englishman’s Bay lies on the edge of the rainforest between two fisherman villages — Castara and Parlatuvier — in the northern part of the island.
The pristine white sands begin as soon as the forest ends. The beach’s clear blue waters are calm year-round with the perfect conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving.
The area has managed to avoid massive urbanisation, so it still provides a piece of tranquillity in the middle of untouched nature.
If you get tired of sunbathing and swimming, you can also explore the nearby Fort King George — a British outpost built in 1779 that gives its visitors an idea of the old European conflicts in the Caribbean.
Marathi Bay, Crete, Greece
The below comment from one of our readers is written proof the Greek island of Crete just boasts with tremendous beaches.
The Marathi Bay, for instance, lies 17 km east of Chania and 5 km east of the Crete Naval Base and offers just enough for any relaxation seeking tourist.
A huge pier divides the beach into two parts. And there are taverns and cafes with the view over the coasts and the mountains across the bay of Souda.
Its location makes it a great spot for families with small children. Even when the western wind blows in Crete, barely any wave can reach the shore of the Marathi beach.
With an airport lying only seven kilometres from the beach, Marathi is also a great spot for the shortest of breaks lasting mere hours.
Beach Banj, Croatia
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While it has always been a desired tourist destination, Croatia is currently experiencing a massive boom. It is perhaps because the Balkan country has got into the spotlight with its old city of Dubrovnik that has been featured in the famous series Game of Thrones.
But with hundreds of kilometres of a picturesque shore, colossal mountains, unique natural parks, and rich history, Croatia has a myriad of the nicest places to visit.
Between Zadar and Split in the southern part of the country lies the city of Šibenik. Its magnificent medieval heart that welcomes thousands of tourists every year can be best seen from the nearby beach called Banj.
Built in 2012, the beach has quickly gained the title of the most popular spot in the entire city and offers the best view over Šibenik’s St. Michael’s Fortress and St. Anthony Channel.
Apart from the unforgettable panorama, Banj provides its visitors with all the basic amenities a cool beach needs as well as a boasting party nightlife during the whole season.