Friday, 21 August 2015

The top 10 beach getaways for expats

We understand that life as an expat can be stressful at times but relocating can unlock a world of opportunities to explore. If you’re in the UK, why not take a long weekend trip to Europe; or in the US, explore the different states around you? If you’re feeling a bit short on inspiration, never fear; we’ve put together just ten of our favourite beaches around the world to guide you the next time you’re looking for an escape from the daily grind….!.

Australia – Whitehaven Beach

If you are residing in Australia, Whitehaven Beach needs to be on your list of things-to-visit! It is a 7 kilometre stretch of pure bliss running along the east coast of Whitsunday Island – just a boat’s trip away from Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Many argue it’s the best beach in the world, and we can guarantee you will not be disappointed by its awe-inspiring beauty.

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Thailand – Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan provides a vast array of different style beaches – whether you want to party or watch some of the most beautiful sunrises in the world – Ko Pha Ngan has a beach that will blow you away.

Japan – Aharen Beach
Tokashiki Island is home to a number of spectacular beaches, but Aharen offers an intensely distinct special feature – marine life. Its clear blue waters are home to a number of different sea creatures, including whales, manta rays and five different types of sea turtles - an unforgettable experience that also gives you the opportunity to snap some envy-inducing photos to share with people back at home

Wales, UK – Rhossili Beach
Rhossili beach is the first UK beach to be named in the world’s top 10 beaches*. With a 3 mile stretch of sand and great waves for surfers – you will not find a better beach in the UK! Surrounded by beautiful country side, the area offers plenty of camping spots so that you can catch the sunrise or sunset with ease. The biggest decision you’ll have to make is whether to go for a caravan or a tent!

Italy – Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa
The Island of Lampedusa is home to a number of fantastic beaches, but Rabbit Beach is unquestionably the front runner. The U-shaped cove is lined with bright white sand and sky blue water, perfect for anyone that wants to top up their tan or just relax in the sunshine. It can get busy, so heading there earlier in the day means you’ll bag a top spot while also avoiding travel in the heat of the midday sun.

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Brazil – Baia Do Sancho
Baia Do Sancho was voted the best beach in the world*, and it is - quite simply - a sandy paradise. The experience begins when you’re climbing down steep ladders between cliffs, following narrow paths until they open out into stunning gold sand. Relax in the sun whilst the waves crash onto rocks that enclose the seaside utopia.

Philippines – El Nido, Palawan
El Nido offers a great blend of a vibrant town atmosphere with gorgeous white beaches. There’s plenty to do at night time and the world renowned sunset lover’s beach is just a short walk away!

Mexico – Tulum Beach
Tulum offers a unique blend of history, culture, cuisine and fun. With fascinating ruins right around the corner and delicious restaurants never more than a stone’s throw away; it is the perfect spot to soak up a bit of history whilst capitalising on the ever-expanding list of activities available on the picturesque seafront.

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Cephalonia – Myrtos Beach
Though the island of Cephalonia might be more popular with tourists, we couldn’t resist including it in our list because of the incredible Myrtos Beach. Surrounded by typically-Greek Mountains, the natural beauty will send you into the deepest state of relaxation – a perfect destination to chill-out.  

Malaysia – Pantai Tanjung Rhu
Finally, the Tanjung Rhu beach located on Langkawi Island presents itself with a delightful white-blue-green landscape from the sand to the ocean to the surrounding trees. The water is so breathtakingly transparent that the extravagant arrays of fish are clearly visible swimming near to shore. Bring your camera!

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