Beach Holidays 2014
For so many people, nothing says ‘holiday’ quite like the word ‘beach’. And if it’s a cheap beach holiday you’re after, rest assured there are plenty of options, right across the world.
There are the romantic ones for couples - secluded, quiet, with great views, in places like the Caribbean, the Maldives, Seychelles and parts of the Med.
In the Maldives, you can enjoy the very special romance of living in a luxury room on stilts over the crystal-clear waters. Go snorkelling amongst the corals and exotic fish, or be pampered with a massage or body treatment. Other romantic beach options include exotic places like Zanzibar, which you can twin with a safari trip to Kenya. A new destination in Africa that offers hideaway hotels, often deserted pure-white beaches and luscious seafood, is Mozambique.
If you’re on the lookout for a cheap family beach holiday, you’ll be looking for somewhere safe, well-serviced and with plenty of activities to keep everyone amused. The USA is very good for this, as is the Med and several hot-spots on the Thai coast. The Red Sea Resorts in Egypt are also good all-year-round.
Spain is the original safe beach destination for families, with somewhere like Alicante offering the additional amusements of water-parks to splash up a good time. On the Costa Blanca, head for parks like Aqualandia or Aqua Natura, both in Benidorm, packed with everything from wild slides to gentle pools.
Florida is always a family favourite for a cheap beach holiday, with its 1200 miles of coast, more than any other state in the USA. You can enjoy acres of white sand on the Gulf or West Coasts, often with every watersport under the sun. And, at most, you’ll be two hours from Orlando and all the fantastic theme parks.
Backpackers looking to track down beaches that mix sand, sounds and sizzling nightlife will love what’s on offer in places like Phuket, Miami Beach, Goa and, the home of beach culture, Australia.
The latter boasts that most of the population lives within 20 minutes of the Australian coast, so they know how to do beach living in real style. It’s estimated that there are around 7,000 beaches to choose from. You can do some unusual things on them too, from riding a camel, driving a car, feeding dolphins, or watching ‘roos. Of course, learning to surf on somewhere like Bondi Beach, near Sydney, is almost obligatory.
For maximum beach party time, Thailand is a magnet for backpackers. There, Full Moon Parties can draw up to 30 000 people every month to dance all night on moonlit beaches like HaadRin. Miami beach is regarded as America’s party capital with its intoxicating mixture of great beaches, sunset DJs and all-night clubs. Stay somewhere away from the glittering beach-front hotels and you can have something approaching a cheap beach break.
Romantic, family, or backpacker, there are beaches for every taste. To make sure you get your feet on the sand at the best possible price, make sure you check our pages before you pack the sun-block!