Summer is well underway and people around the world are putting on their best bikini or swimming shorts and heading to the beach. Unfortunately for us, the UK is unlikely to maintain a climate suitable for relaxing by the coast – but don’t worry – as there is still time to make the most of our summer sale, so why not get away from it all and head to sunnier climes this year? On a cruise getaway, you could sail to a range of stunning ports, where the relaxing beach vibes lie at the heart of local culture. Read on to learn more about some of our favourite beach destinations around the world.
The idyllic Caribbean island of Antigua boasts a plethora of immaculate, unspoilt beaches – 365 to be exact; one for every day of the year! There is almost too much choice when it comes to unwinding by the coast in Antigua, with a beach for every preference, from secluded stretches of tranquil coastline to bustling beaches lined with tourist-centric shops, bars and eateries.
Scuba diving is especially popular along Antigua’s scenic shoreline, as the crystal clear waters that surround the island are filled with colourful reefs and tropical fish. Snorkelling is also a great way to observe this underwater wonderland and there are plenty of places to rent out the necessary gear.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is an iconic city, located on Brazil’s Atlantic coast, and its world-famous beaches are unrivalled across South America. Rio’s party atmosphere resonates from its vibrant coastline and there is always plenty to see and do along its beaches, from exhilarating water sports and volleyball, to sunbathing and people watching.
Perhaps Rio de Janeiro most well-known stretch of coastline is Copacabana Beach. This four kilometre beach is at the heart of Rio’s identity and the area is home to a host of shops, bars and restaurants. Other notable beaches across the city’s shoreline include Ipanema, Arpoador and Barra da Tijuca Beach.
Welcome to Miami, the spiritual home of American beach culture. The city’s beautiful year-round climate complements the scenic shoreline to create some of the best beaches in North America, with people flocking from across the world to see and experience Miami’s famous coastline.
From the world-famous and lively Miami Beach to the party-central South Beach, Miami has plenty of fantastic coastlines for visitors to enjoy. Whether you want to go for a swim, top up your tan or simply take a relaxing stroll to admire the views, the choice is yours on the stunning shores of Miami.
Despite its small size, the Thai island of Phuket boasts some of the world’s finest beaches, including the stretch of paradise shoreline featured in the hit Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach. Phuket’s sun-soaked landscape offers the perfect setting for coastal relaxation and tourists can choose from an array of marvellous beaches across the island.
From lively beaches packed with holidaymakers to peaceful corners of remote coastline, Phuket offers a beach for every mood. The island also boasts a number of secret beaches for intrepid tourist to uncover, including Hua, Siam, Yae and Banana Beach, many of which are hidden from view or inaccessible by regular forms of transport.
Sydney may be best known for its collection of iconic landmarks, which draw sightseers from around the world, but the city’s beaches are the biggest draw for surfers, droves of whom make the pilgrimage to the world-famous Bondi Beach each year to surf the region’s world-famous waves. The shoreline is suitable for both beginners and expert surfers, so why not throw on a wet suit and give it a go!
For those who are not interested in surfing, Bondi Beach is also a great place to relax, take a walk to view the local scenery and landmarks or browse the beachside shops and bars. Be aware that as such as well-known area, Bondi Beach is often very busy.
Life’s a Beach
If you would like to set sail to one or more of these fabulous beach destinations, call our dedicated Cruise Concierge team and ask them what’s available. Don’t hesitate, as our summer sale ends after this weekend, but there’s still time to get a great price on a 2014 summer cruise.