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The World's Best Beaches

From TripAdvisor to CNN, most news and travel media publish a list of “best beaches” every year… Of course, those lists often don’t match up!

Lists can be voted on by the public (e.g. TripAdvisor), carefully curated by a panel of travel industry experts, or even compiled by one journalist according to their readership profile.

A few 2019 favourites:


  1. Baia Do Sancho, Brazil
  2. Varadero Beach, Cuba
  3. Eagle Beach, Aruba
  4. La Concha Beach, Spain
  5. Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos


Conde Nast Traveller

  1. Maundays Bay, Anguilla
  2. Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
  3. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands
  4. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
  5. El Nido, Philippines

  1. Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles
  2. Polihale Beach, Hawaii, USA
  3. Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Maya Bay, Kho Phi Phi, Thailand
  5. Long Beach, Vancouver Island, Canada

It’s important to find the beach and holiday that’s perfect for you rather than the one that gets the most Facebook likes or headlines.


A beach is a beach… or is it?

What makes a beach perfect for some travellers may be the exact opposite of what others are looking for. And then there’s safety – nobody wants a sunny escape to be ruined by an avoidable accident.

Some top-rated beaches are filled with people and activities, while others are just you, the sand, the waves, and maybe a few seagulls. Many travellers want a no-frills day out, while others opt for a luxurious beach with comfortable sun loungers and waiters to regularly replenish cocktails. With so many options, here are a few things to think about:


What type of beach experience do you prefer?

- Do you like having the beach all to yourself, or will you be happier surrounded by energy and activity?

- What’s available on or near the beach – showers, toilets, sunbed/deck chair hire, shops to buy water or snacks, perhaps a nice restaurant or beach bar…

- Is it a good snorkelling location?

- Do you want to do something more adventurous like parasailing, kayaking or diving? If these aren’t specifically listed, they’re unlikely to be available.

- If you’re planning to swim, are there lifeguards? And is the water warm? Cape Town’s Camps Bay is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but the water is ice cold all year round!

- If you’re after a “deserted island” experience, is the beach safe? Always check local advice and traveller reviews. 

- Are there beach umbrellas or shaded areas? It’s so important to balance time in and out of the sun and keep hydrated. We Brits aren’t used to all that sunshine, and nasty sunburn or dehydration can creep up on us quickly.


Is the beach easy to get to?

- Is there parking or public transport nearby?

- Do you have to climb over rocks or navigate uneven terrain to get to a particular paradise cove?

- How far would you have to walk before you can relax in the sun?

- Do you have to take a boat ride to reach the beach? Are they properly equipped with lifejackets?

- Is there suitable accommodation nearby?

- Are there other places of interest nearby?


What does your travel insurance policy cover?

Going to the beach will be covered by all travel insurance policies, however it’s worth just pointing out that you may need additional cover if:

- You take an excursion to an island that’s not included on your policy, because it belongs to or is associated with a different country than your policy is covering you for.

An example would be if you have a policy for Venezuela, but go to St Vincent and the Grenadines for a few days. In this example; you would have been insured for Area 3, but actually be travelling to an Area 4 territory.

- You’ll be sailing outside territorial waters to reach that special beach

- You plan to participate in activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, sea kayaking, sea fishing, or windsurfing (Please note, this is not a complete list – read about Sports and Activities in our optional benefits for more information.)

Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you find the best policy for the beach holiday of your dreams.