Many people are already on, or going on vacation soon. But if you’re not one of them, are still looking, or you’re planning for your next trip, this is the post for you. If you want a calm beach getaway, some of the top spots aren’t ones many tourists frequent. I haven’t included places such as Spain, Galapagos Islands, Greece or some of the popular Caribbean islands because people tend to try those on their own.
Here’s a short-list of some of the one’s I’ve loved, listed in no particular order.
Riserva dello Zingaro, Sicily
Italy has so many beautiful beaches; I had a hard time picking just one destination. I chose Sicily because that’s where my family is from, and some people outside of Italy don’t think of it as a beach hotspot. Sicily has more than 600 miles of golden sands, inlets, nature reserves, and resorts. The northern side of Sicily tends to be busier. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, the southern side has spectacular ruins beyond the beaches, magnificent scenery and architecture. Even if seeking the sun and beach, take some time to visit one of Sicily’s 700 vineyards. Generous portions of top-quality wine and cuisine are in abundance.
There are major and budget airlines that fly directly to Sicily from major hubs across the US and Canada.
August is vacation time in Italy, so it’s much busier around the beaches during this month.
For more information on some of the top beaches in Sicily: Tripadvisor: Sicily Beaches
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
There’s more to this location than a cool name. Tasmania is not normally a place people look up when checking for world beaches or even beaches in Australia. Wineglass Bay is an excellent place to combine outdoor fitness and relaxation. The water is cooler than other locations on this list, but it’s beauty and scenery is worth it. Surfing, kayaking and fishing are all possible at Wineglass Bay and its surrounding areas, as is rock climbing, mountain biking and beautiful walks. You can take scenic driving tours to visit the surrounding areas if you’re interested in big game fishing, hiking and different views of the water.
Most major and some budget airlines fly directly to Mainland Australia, and then you can take a small flight to Tasmania.
December-February is the best time to go to the beach, but it’s also the busiest and most expensive time. If you can handle slightly cooler temperatures (64.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 degrees Celsius) and still hang out on the beach, you can save money going March to May or September to November.
For more information on Wineglass Bay: Tripadvisor: Tasmania, Wineglass Bay
Guadeloupe Islands, Caribbean
Pointe des Chateaux, Guadeloupe
The French-Caribbean Guadeloupe Islands are becoming a more sought after destination among beachgoers and nature lovers as an affordable alternative to other islands. Guadeloupe is located in the Southern Caribbean and is made up of two islands Basse-Terre Island and Grande-Terre. The islands have some of the best food and music in the Caribbean.
Norwegian Air’s budget airline offers nonstop service from several locations in the US and Canada to help lower travel costs.
Pay attention to hurricane season, although there hasn’t been a major one since the late 1990s.
For more information on Guadeloupe Islands: Tripadvisor: Guadeloupe Islands
El Nido, Philippines
Tapiutan Strait, El Nido, Philippines
The Philippines is an amazing place. You can find generosity all around you. It has more than 7,000 islands with a variety of experiences, from resorts to private island retreats. One of the most beautiful beaches in the country is El Nido, in the northern part of Palawan province, which is a short flight from Manila or Cebu City. Limestone cliffs rise above perfect waters and white sand beaches. El Nido also has excellent diving sites.
There are direct flights on Philippine Airlines from major hubs across North America or one stop flights.
The rainy season runs from May-November.
For more information: Tripadvisor: El Nido, Philippines
Emerald Coast, Ecuador
Emerald Coast, Ecuador
Ecuador’s Emerald Coast is more low key and is quieter than other beaches in Ecuador. One of the great benefits of the area is that it offers eco resorts. If you want to explore outside of the beach, you can hike, go whale watching or take a jungle tour. Esmereldas is one of the spots on the coast. It’s peaceful and a perfect getaway for one person or for two who want to escape it all. You won’t find any bells and whistles here so if you’re looking for something flashier, or with more to do and less quiet, Ecuador has many other beach locations to choose instead.
More and more major and budget flights are available to Ecuador.
Depending on where you visit in Ecuador, December to March or May is the rainy season. It’s best to get the specific details based on the actual location you visit.
For more information: Tripadvisor: Ecuador Beaches
These are just a handful of the spots I’ve seen. What are some of your top beaches?