Best Beaches 2016

Stuck on ideas on which beach to visit this year? Look no further! We have you covered with some of out top picks from around the world.

Beaches are not all about sea and sand with many of us enjoying other activities while immersing ourselves in the surrounding scenery. Our selection of picks takes you across four different continents with some of the finish places in the world.

Lake Cauma, Graubunden, Switzerland

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Beaches are probably not the first thing which come into your head when you think of Switzerland. However, in Graubunden, there are several lakeside beaches which are the perfect place to unwind and take in the fresh air. Lake Cauma in Flims is surrounded by woodland on three sides, with a wooded island situated right in the middle of a lake. If you are a fan of hiking or mountain biking then you’ll be pleased to know that Flims is a well-known region for these activities. The ability to enjoy kayaking, floating on pedalos or even enjoying the mountain scenery makes this the perfect beach for a range of different reasons as well as staying true to its traditional beach vibes. www.graubuenden.ch/en

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Rockaway Beach, New York City

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Beach season officially kicks off in New York City when Memorial Day comes around and Rockaway Beach is the place to be when it comes to sand and surf. There’s never a shortage of fun and whether you are a beginner or at an advanced level, the Boarders Surf Shop is sure to be your first stop. The neighbourhood institution, owned by a native father-and-son tea, sell their surfboards and hosting camps for kids. For those who prefer something with wheels, skateboards are also available. They also offer board rentals at their summer pop-up store at Beach 68th Street on weekends and surfing lessons at Beach 69th Street through New York Surf School. www.nycgo.com

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Le Morne and Tamarin Beach, Mauritius 

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Mauritius’ beautiful shorelines are what makes it such an attractive destination. Many holidaymakers during this time of year will make there over to the turquoise lagoons on the northern and eastern coasts. However, for those who want to give surfing or kitesurfing a go, the west coast of Mauritius will certainly be a better choice. Beneath the World Heritage Site of Le Morne is One Eye, one of the world’s cleanest and safest windsurf waves in the Indian Ocean and has been voted the the third best place to kite surf. Go further up the coast and you will find Tamarin beach with the beautiful backdrop of northern Mauritius. The small village has a special charm and visitors will find themselves alone of the stretches of quiet sands during the week days. www.tourism-mauritius.mu

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Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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Hawaii has become a well-known place around the world for its beautiful beaches with its islands having almost every type of beach imaginable whether from white and black sand beaches, right the way through to green and red sand beaches. With many options available for tourists it can be a difficult choice but if you had to pick one, do not go past O’ahu’s world famous Waikiki beach. Located right on Honolulu’s doorstep, the beach offers the perfect blend of a buzzing city atmosphere, with the serenity of a golden sand beach. Waikiki was once a favoured playground by Hawaiian royalty and it is regarded to the place to learn how to surf. www.gohawaii.com/uk

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Saadiyat Beach, Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi has no shortage of breathtaking beaches with over 200 natural islands and more than 400 kilometres of coastline. One of the finest is right on the city’s doorstep, located on Saadiyat Island – a nine-kilometre ribbon of soft, white sand that sees Hawksbill turtles come to nest each spring. Partner this with the warm, inviting waters of the Arabian gulf, luxury beachfront hotels from St regis and Park Hyatt, and the Gary Player-designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, and it’s little wonder that Saadiyat won ‘Middle east’s Leading Beach Destination’ at the World Travel Awards.

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Watamu Beach, Malindi, Kenya

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The sleepy village of Watamu is fronted by white beaches home to several well established hotels and is a popular resort for scuba diving. Just outside Watamu, a Marine National Park offers an ideal day trip for divers and snorkelers. The coral gardens are only 300 metres from the shore and home to over 600 species of sea-life including whale sharks and migratory pods of whales. www.magicalkenya.com

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