13 February 2018
If you want nothing more from your holiday than to relax and soak up the sun on a beautiful beach, travel long-haul to discover these idyllic destinations, which look like they’ve been plucked straight from a picture-postcard.
Whether it’s the action-packed resorts of the ‘Sunshine State’, the breathtaking beaches of Mexico’s Riviera Maya or the sun-dappled islands of the Caribbean, take a look at this sublime selection of glorious long-haul destinations.
Read on to find your own perfect slice of paradise.
Orlando / Miami
Home to some of the most stunning beaches in all of the USA, Florida is the place to be if you’re looking to indulge in all things sun and sea. Graced with wonderful white sands and brilliant blue waters, Florida’s beaches are not only perfect for relaxing but they’re also a great playground if you’re travelling with children.
While Orlando is best known for its plethora of action-packed theme parks, if you travel further down the magnificent coastline, you’ll find the gorgeous resorts of St. Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach. Nestled against the Gulf of Mexico, these Floridian gems offer long stretches of dazzling white sands and turquoise waters, together with delectable dining options and exciting attractions.
Then, of course, there’s Miami on the Atlantic coast; a beach resort which needs little or no introduction. Whether it’s the Art Deco styling of South Beach or the ethnic buzz of Little Havana, this Floridian legend is always the life and soul of the party!
If you’re seeking dazzling white sands, turquoise seas and glorious sunshine, Mexico offers you this and much more besides.
While you’d be forgiven for never leaving the amazing beaches of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, there’s so much more to this captivating country than tropical white sands. To really experience Mexico, spend some time uncovering the timeless mysteries of some of the country’s earliest civilisations, including the ancient Mayan ruins overlooking the tropical waters at Tulum, and the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itzá. With its famous pyramid, it’s one of the country’s largest archaeological sites and a definite ‘must-see’ on your Mexican itinerary.
The Dominican Republic
Sunny and welcoming, with postcard-perfect beaches and a colourful culture, it’s no wonder that the Dominican Republic makes for the ideal Caribbean holiday destination for both families and couples alike. Boasting a fantastic selection of all-inclusive resorts, the dazzling Dominican Republic is the perfect choice if you’re seeking a break filled with sun, sea and sand! If you can prise yourself away from your sun lounger, you’ll find an island of stunning natural beauty, filled with lush rainforest, soaring peaks, underground rivers and breathtaking national parks.
For a slice of culture, head to the UNESCO-listed capital of Santo Domingo, or if golf is more your thing, this dreamy island is home to some of the most popular courses in the whole of the Caribbean.
Home to mile upon mile of stunning blonde beaches, brilliant blue waters, year-round sunshine and a whole host of luxurious resorts, Barbados is a true tropical island paradise. This dreamy destination’s appeal is far wider than this, and with its fascinating colonial heritage and rugged natural scenery, it’s a winning combination of both the exotic and the familiar.
Beyond the sugary-white sands of the island’s iconic Platinum Coast, pay a visit to the fascinating Sunbury Plantation House, head to the island’s quirky capital of Bridgetown, surf in the choppy waters of Bathsheba Beach or meet the pelicans and monkeys at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. However you choose to spend your time on the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’, the famously friendly locals will ensure you have an unforgettable holiday!
An island of pristine white sands, crystal-clear waters and lush tropical vegetation, Jamaica is a naturally charming and laidback island paradise.
The beaches here are nothing short of breathtaking, but you’ll also find plenty of activities to enjoy if you want to step away from the tropical waters. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park offers a spectacular seven-mile hike to the highest peak on the island, or for a more relaxing pace, explore Hope Gardens, the largest botanical gardens in the Caribbean.
During your time on this heavenly island, don’t miss the chance to try the sweet, spicy and fruity Jamaican jerk sauce!