A Canadian/Vietnamese couple runs this small, relaxed guesthouse with hammocks and 3km of its own beach. The £10 daily fee includes basic accommodation and three amazing meals per day served on a large communal table.
Relax, trek in a jungle, or hike over the boulders to a lovely natural swimming pool under a water fall. The place is sociable and especially popular with backpackers.
60km north of Nha Trang. Get off at the DocLet bus stop and ask waiting motorbike drivers to drop you to Jungle Beach. You can also arrange a van pickup with Canadian owner Sylvio. Email for booking and arrangements: firstname.lastname@example.org
The most fantastic beach in Salvador. It is crammed with people. Vendors sell you anything from a cold drink, to clothes to oysters. A must is the roasted cheese with oregano though. This is not a beach to take a book to, there is just too much going on that you have to sit back and watch the world go by and wonder at it all!
Much more real and fun than the Pelourinho.
Barra, a coastal suburb of Salvador
There is a fantastic bay, the beach is about 2kms long. Mainly in August and September - but sometimes as early as June and July - southern Right Whales (Balaia Franca) visit the bay with their babies.
We were lucky enough to see two adults and a baby in the bay over the course of two days. They are easy to spot from the beach as they are so close, so no need for a rough ride out to sea to watch them frolickling around.
Santa Caterina, about 2 hours south of Florionapolis by bus.
Escape the heat of the city. Head for the brutalist, concrete building on the beach at San Sebastian in Barceloneta beneath the Montjuic cable car tower.
It contains two glorious, pristine, elevated outdoor pools with amazing views down the beach all the way to Forum. Take one of the loungers and watch the locals frolic. Retreat to Barrio Gothica at night for more fun.
This is a really unspoilt small seaside village on the east coast of mainland Greece about midway between Athens and Thessaloniki. It is just south of the city of Volos on the Pagasitic Gulf, opposite the Pelion peninsula.
Amaliapolis is situated on a large bay and has nice tavernas which are well known locally for fresh fish, cafes and a couple of minimarkets. The gently sloping sandy beach at one end of the village is good for kids, as the water is quite shallow. There are very few tourists so the locals are very welcoming to visitors and, as the tavernas cater mostly for Greeks, the prices are reasonable. There is a good cross section of accommodation from some upmarket villas, through to holiday apartments, a couple of small hotels and basic rooms for rent.
The main square looks out over the sea to a romantic uninhabited island in the bay with a whitewashed church and it is a great place to sit with an ouzo and watch the world go by.
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If you get tired of Peru's never-ending old ruins and the coldness of the Andes, and dream of a nice beach, Máncora is the place to go.
Situated near the border of Ecuador at the northern corner of the country, this small beach resort is ideal for budget travelers. Big luxury hotels and restaurants haven't yet arrived here.
Instead, you will find nice, friendly small hotels, bars, many seafood restaurants, a vegetarian restaurant, and half a dozen souvenier shops.
This, Peru's best beach resort, is popular with surfers. You can hire a surf or body board, enjoy jumping in the waves of the Pacific Ocean, or just enjoy the sun on the beach. The busiest surfing months are November and February. Outside these months the place can be tranquil and room rates negotiable.
There are daily night buses from Lima to Máncora.
Open air theatre carved into the clifs near Penzance. Wonderful views of the sea, cliffs and returning fishing boats (especially as it gets dark) all make a spectacular backdrop to great theatre.
Go early in the day to visit Porthcurno beach - amazing.
The Minack Theatre & Visitor Centre - Porthcurno - Penzance - Cornwall - TR19 6JU
I found this place whilst on holiday in Cornwall in July. It's a bar/ restaurant/ live music venue in the most beautiful idyllic setting literally yards from the beach on the edge of a nature reserve.
Great views, great food, great music, great service. And it seems to be open round the clock too!
Sandsifter Bar and Restaurant
Hayle TR27 5ED Tel: 01736 758457
Beautiful beach and great for kids. The beach slopes very gently. Great for walks too. If you wander round to Rock you can get the ferry across to Padstow. Daimer Bay is great for windsurfers and surfing where there is a decent wind or swell. Voted one of the best beaches in the world.
It's a 2 minute drivefrom Polzeath, go through the Polzeath beach road and carry on for about a mile or two it's a turning on the right. if you get stuck ask a local.
Bar/restaurant just above the beach with wide floor-to-ceiling windows giving a fantastic view of the beach and sea. Good food, great relaxed atmosphere, good with kids and, although it can get a bit busy in high season, it's a fantastic place to recover from a walk along the Sands.
Praa Sands, off the A394 Helston - Marazion
Transport fom St. Konstantin is very cheap, it only costs 1 Lev in any direction. Try Varna, it's a good day out, loads of shops and just minutes away from the beach. Also try the Turkish market, it's well worth the trip.
You can get the bus in St. Konstantin or walk to the main highway they come every few minutes
20 minutes by boat from St Peter Port, Guernsey is Herm Island. No cars, so very quiet. Two absolutely stunning beaches within 20-30 mins walk of the harbour.
Costal path walk with views of Frances, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark and the Barclay twins' castle on Brechou. There are cafes at the beaches and a hotel and restaurant by the harbour.
In 2007 a day trip for 2 adults and 2 children was £27.00 (cheaper if you go on the 08.30 boat).
One of the most beautiful beaches in England, I think - a perfect, tiny cove, wonderful for swimming, and a little shack selling Cornish pasties and ice cream further up the hill.
Also, an interesting history to the location as the first underwater cables across the Atlantic were laid here and the little cabin where all the cables came above ground is still visible half-way up the cliff.
I stayed in the nearby village of Treen and walked to Porthcurno along the cliff path - a completely magical day.
The whole area of Cornwall west of Penzance is simply beautiful, and many other lovely places to visit - Lamorna Cove, St Just, Sennen Cove, Mousehole, but nowhere has stayed in my heart quite as much as Porthcurno and Treen.
Nicest beaches on the south coast.
There is Studland Beach for the adventurous sun seeker who like to be natural.
Take a while to get there by car.
They have a new Monglian Yurt Village.
In Dorset, on the coast
www.yurtvillage.co.uk for the Mongolian yurt place
The forest of Marselisskoven is right next to the city and can be reached from the centre of town within 10 minutes.
In the summer, stick a coin in one of the city bicycles and off you go (or catch a bus). There is a wonderful sandy beach all along the forest and in the forest itself there is a park with deer, a camping site, several great restaurants and a view over the sea to kill for.
Just before the forest you pass the royal family's summer residence, Marselisborg Slot. When the Queen is in Aarhus, you can watch the change of guards every day at noon. The castle is surrounded by a beautiful memorial park which is perfect for a picnic or a barbecue. When the Queen is not in residence, it is even possible to walk around the castle's own gardens.
Just south of the city centre. Walkable distance on a nice day.
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