Top 10 destinations for beach holiday rentals from a recent survey of visitors who were happy to confirm their most popular destinations as beach locations worldwide.
In a recent survey, holiday villas in Portugal proved to be the most popular destination for self catering golf accommodation. There were many reasons for this, but predominantly there is a good choice of budget airlines to Portugal from almost anyway in Europe. Many visitors focus on the Algarve region, where there are so many sandy beaches along the Algarve coast for families to enjoy their holiday. When you see the sign “Praia” this actually means “beach” in Portuguese. Beaches in Portugal can vary, from small sheltered coves or endless stretches of wide open sandy areas. Main beaches tend to provide Lifeguards, in season and offer water sports facilities along with restaurant food and snacks. For those looking for a lively resort tend to look for holiday villas in Albufeira but generally there are beautiful villas in Algarve all within close proximity to clean, sandy beaches.
With 5,000 miles of coastline to the south and east shores of Spain, it’s the place to be with over 300 days of sunshine per year. Luckily, most of the coasts are blessed with beautiful beaches, where tourists flock in their millions to enjoy villas in Costa Blanca and luxury holiday homes in Costa del Sol. There are beautiful beaches all over Spain and as of 2009 proudly boasts a total of 271 beaches awarded blue flags. This is the largest amount of blue flag beaches in the northern hemisphere. For further information, view all holiday villas in Spain now!
Beach holidays in France are very popular, in particular with families and drivers from the UK. Beach lovers can easily book a holiday home in France, load up the car to travel via the Channel Tunnel and aim to be in France in no time at all. Great beaches can be found all around the coast of France but good examples are located on the west coast for surfers, and on the south east coast in the French Riviera and in Deauville, La Baule, St Jean de Monts, Les Sables d’Olonne, St-Martin-de-Ré, La Rochelle, Biarritz, St Tropez, Cannes and Nice. View all France holiday rentals now!
Dubai is a fascinating beach holiday destination and sparkling city that will amaze you and transform your dream holiday ideas forever. Although Dubai is basically a desert, it really has many attractive beach holiday locations to choose from, and it’s the No 1 Financial hub of the Middle East. Dubai is also home to a Grand Prix Circuit, the world’s tallest building – Burj Kalifa, plus the famous 7-Star Burj Al Arab hotel. Dubai has created what is commonly known as the 8th wonder of the world – Palm Jumeirah. This monstrous yet gorgeous creation is now home to an array of stunning holiday villas in Dubai, with pristine white sandy beaches for every property that adorn the Palm Island Fronds. Tourist visiting can choose from luxury villas or apartments in Dubai, set in fashionable blocks which align the Palm trunk road, known as shoreline apartments. Each shoreline apartment has excellent beach access and facilities, plus some wonderful views across the Arabian Gulf and to the smartest hotels in Dubai and are one of the only residential developments to provide licensed bars and restaurants.
The best beaches to visit in Florida are huge in number, but the most popular will be determined by where you take your vacation. If you rent holiday villas in Florida or an apartment in Disney, then the nearest beaches to drive to are Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach which are located on the Eastern side – Atlantic Ocean. Both beaches take around an hour to reach and can be combined with a visit to Cape Canaveral. In Daytona, there are no sand dunes, but the beach is flat and wide, one that you can drive onto in some parts. Cocoa beach is virtually a straight road from your Orlando holiday home. You can drive on the beach or some off-street free parking may be available. Crossing over to the enjoy Gulf Coast villas, you could easily be spoilt for choice of where to book a holiday home as most holiday accommodation is situated around the stunning beaches of St Pete’s, Clearwater and Sanibel Island. Clearwater Beach is a small island and you will find it has a pretty pier, a great public beach with stunning white soft sand – and just a short stroll to restaurants. The sea-water is shallow and calm and there are lifeguards, restrooms, and a children’s play area.
The coastline around Turkey has many amazing beach settings – and the beaches located close to holiday villas in Olu Deniz is the most famous. Marmaris and holiday villas in Kalkan are all close to magnificent beach areas and are poular with locals too. The Bodrum Peninsular, now transformed by the addition of the airport, hosts the main resort of Gumbet which has the nearest beach to Bodrum at just 3 km. away. Away from the villas in Bodrum there are numerous beaches around these areas, some charming small towns like Bitez, Gudogan, and the well serviced apartments in Yalikavak. Antalya are hugely popular and have some fine surfing and sunbathing beaches, or you can enjoy great golf if you are not a beach lover. For the best family beaches, you cannot beat the warm crystal clear waters that surround holiday villas in Altinkum.
The Caribbean is renowned for its stunning beaches and the tropical island of Barbados tops the table. The main city and capital is Bridgetown but tourist seeking beaches who want flexibility you experience with holiday villas in Barbados and avoid paying expensive hotel prices.
The independent country of Thailand, which lies in the heart of Southeast Asia is bordered to the north by Burma, to the east by Cambodia and to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia. Whilst Bangkok, is a busy and vibrant capital, coastal areas of Thailand boast some of the world’s most stunning beaches. Owing to all year round – warm, yet a tropical climate, fabulous spicy foods – it really is the winter months when the weather in Thailand is dry and warm and proves to be the most popular time to book holiday villas in Phuket. Krabi and villas in Koh Samui are also other popular resorts where visitors book.
Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia boasts 37,000 km of stunning coastline which provides more than 11,000 beaches in some of the most famous cities and destinations in the world. Canberra, the capital is situated on the south east of Australia’s coastline, along with Melbourne and Sydney, which is Australia’s largest city. Also on the east coast is Brisbane which is famous for Australia’s Gold Coast beaches, and in contrast to apartments in Perth which is located on the West coast, whilst Adelaide is to the south. With all of these major cities located close to coastline, it means that 85% of Australia’s population live within 1 hours drive to a beach. Some of the best known beaches are Bondi Beach, Palm Beach, Byron Bay and Gold Coast.
The island of Cyprus lies in the eastern mediterranean close to Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. Cyprus benefits from a Mediterranean climate, with long hot summers and relatively mild winters. The capital is Nicosia, and is located in land but the country is an island and is therefore totally surrounded by water. The most popular coastal regions within Cyprus include villas in Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca and Farmagusta. Cyprus has been awarded more than 50 blue flag beaches, located at resorts which provide apartments in Protaras, Ayia Napa, Paphos, Larnaca and Limossol.