Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean that beach season has to be over too. In fact, escaping to the beach is the perfect way to beat the winter blues.
A dose of winter sun is actually good for your health. It will give you a boost of vitamin D which is good for your bones, teeth, and immune system.
And if you need any more excuses to book a trip, winter sun vacations also tend to be more affordable and less crowded than traveling during the peak summer months.
These are the top 5 most popular beach destinations in the world right now:
5. Tenerife, Spain
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. This is an island chain that is a part of Spain but located closer to Morocco, just off the coast of North Africa.
Tenerife has a diverse and unique volcanic landscape, but the main reason that visitors love Tenerife is for its beaches. The island has more than 40 public beaches and its coastline is almost 400km long.
The beaches on the island are as diverse as its landscapes. You’ll find black sand beaches here as well as dramatic coves and traditional vast expanses of fine golden sand.
Playa del Camison in Playa de las Americas is considered to be the best beach in Tenerife. This is a gold sand beach backed by palm trees and has an almost entirely enclosed bay making it ideal for swimming and water sports without worrying about temperamental Atlantic currents.
4. Cannes, France
Cannes may be known as the capital of cinema but it is also one of the most luxurious and prestigious beach resorts in the world.
Climb the steps of the Palais des Festivals, wander the historic lanes of the city’s Old Town, and enjoy the architecture, particularly in the area around the port. But don’t forget to spend time on the beaches.
The city is famous for being incredibly expensive but actually Cannes is home to a number of beautiful private and public beaches, meaning there are plenty of options to suit all budgets.
All the beaches in Cannes have fine white sand while the sea is turquoise blue. Plage de la Bocca is one of the best and most popular public beaches in Cannes thanks to its vast expanse of sand and laid-back attitude.
The Plage de la Croisette is the most famous beach in Cannes. It has a small free section at the west end, but otherwise the private section of the beach isn’t the best spot for travelers on a budget!
3. Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca is one of the Balearic islands, a group of 151 Spanish islands, of which only 5 are inhabited. Mallorca is the largest of the islands and is best known for its beautiful beaches.
There are 262 beaches in Mallorca, but the best are considered to be the incredible cliff-lined cove of Cala Deia or the stunning wedge of sand at Sa Calobra.
When you’re ready for a break from beaches, one of the biggest attractions in Mallorca away from the shore is the Drach caves.
This is a network of 4 great caves that reach depths of 25 meters and 4 km in length. The caves are so beautiful they were said to inspire the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
2. South Beach, Miami
Popular with American travelers who want beautiful beaches without the hassle of flying overseas, South Beach combines beautiful white sands with beachside glamor.
For this reason, South Beach tends to attract an affluent and youthful crowd.
South Beach is known for its incredible art deco architecture and its wide selection of oceanside fine dining with celebrity chefs at every turn.
The nightlife in South Beach is iconic, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t just a great place to visit to relax and unwind.
The 7-mile-long beach is beautiful, the water is warm and crystal clear, and the opportunity to enjoy beachside activities is near-endless.
1. Cancun, Mexico
It should come as no surprise that the most popular beach destination in the world right now is Cancun.
Located on the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea, Cancun attracts millions of visitors every year. It is also one of the most popular overseas destinations for American travelers.
Cancun’s strength as an international destination is near-unrivalled. Cancun also boasts a focus on luxurious all-inclusive vacations, and the city is famed for its hospitality excellence.
The beaches in Cancun are beautiful, thanks to their fine sand and amazingly clean and clear waters. There’s nowhere better to enjoy a Caribbean beach day.
Whether you’re hoping to relax and unwind on the beach or indulge in some water sports, Cancun is the most popular place in the world to be.
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