It's that time of year again when everyone starts to think about booking spontaneous trips abroad and leaving the UK well behind. You’ve dreamt about sun soaked sands, that striped bandeau bikini, and five star hotels for too long now; it’s time to put those plans into action! But where to head to?
With a whole world to play with, it’s difficult to know which holiday hotspot is best for you. Well, don’t panic just yet, as we’re here to lend a helping hand. Narrowing the selection down to the lucky top three, here are out favourite beach destinations for 2013.
Rio de Janeiro
Following the success of London 2012, all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro, and it’s safe to say that this city has plenty of strings to its bow! One of which has to be its breathtaking beaches. If you need help forgetting about the miserable British weather, then Copacabana is the spot to head to. With a world famous reputation of being fun and full of life, Copacabana is certainly where the party’s at. Stretching four kilometres across the ‘Zona Sul,’ along this beach you could wine and dine at fine restaurants, stroll down its pretty promenade, and of course, sunbathe sunbathe sunbathe! What’s not to love?
As you’d expect, the Maldives provides a huge selection of gorgeous beaches for you to relax on. It’s a picture of paradise. Crystal clear waters, endless white sands and flawless landscapes. Perfect. However, on those occasions when you do want to swap those days of sunbathing for a taste of adventure, you won’t be disappointed. With over a thousand coral islands to choose from, there are plenty of underwater activities to keep you occupied. Diving is a particular favourite. Exploring some of the world’s most stunning marine life, you’ll be able to experience first-hand what makes the Maldives such a fun place to visit. So what are you waiting for? Check it out in 2013!
Loved by the rich and famous, why not live like a celeb this summer and take a trip to the Côte d'Azur? The Mediterranean Coast is filled with luxury hotspots that are guaranteed to get you feeling like an A-lister, so why not treat yourself to a little glitz and glam in St Tropez? St Tropez is adored by holiday goers for so many reasons. First and foremost, it’s the ultimate indulgence. Lined with some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, here you could take a dip in the serene azure waters, relax and unwind in the summer sun, or if you really wanted to, do absolutely nothing! Or on the other hand, for those days when you want to be up and about, there are lots of cultural activities for you to get involved in.
That’s right, St Tropez isn’t just a pretty face! Here you could witness its internationally acclaimed modern art, discover more about its role in the fashion industry or even take a step back in time, and gain an insight into its enchanting history; St Tropez is your oyster!