World Travel Awards: Top beach destinations 2013

2013-11-26 10:39
South Africa and Kenya have once again proved themselves to be the top tourist destinations on the continent, as both countries raked in numerous accolades at the World Travel Awards - Africa. Here's a look at the destinations nominated as the World's leading beach destinations.

Boracay, Philippines - World Travel Award as well as Tripadvisor Traveller's choice award
Boracay is small enough to navigate by rented bicycle or motorbike, but don't let its small size fool you. There are beaches aplenty to keep you happy.

According to Tripadvisor, Yapak Beach is known for beautiful white shells; White Beach has picture-perfect sunsets; and Balinghai Beach is a secluded spot, perfect for honeymooners.

Best to visit during the dry season from October to May for the perfect beach holiday.


Zanzibar, Tanzania - World Travel Award

From white beaches and turquoise waters to spice markets and carved doors. Zanzibar is a photographer's dream. With its many treasure troves, a trip to Zanzibar is not complete without a visit to Stone Town.

Cancun, Mexico - World Travel Award as well as Tripadvisor Traveller's choice award
Experience the tropical Yucatan climate, explore Mayan ruins such as El Rey and the Yamil Lu’um, a crumbling tower of pale gray stone and learn about more about this ancient civilization. Of course for a taste of Mexico you must take a tour of the Museo Sensorial del Tequila.

The Algarve, Portugal - World Travel Award

The Algarve's sunny shores offer perfect escapes for all types, from those seeking the hot nightlife of flashy, energetic Lagos to those desiring secluded stays in rambling Sagres. Portugal's most southerly region offers historical attractions in former Moorish capital Silves and fascinating Tavira, great golf, fabulous beaches from Praia da Luz to Armacao de Pera, thermal springs at Caldas de Monchique, and miles of limestone caves and grottoes, cliffs and bays along its rugged coastline.

Grace Beach, Caribbean - World Travel Award
One tripadvisor user says, "This beach is truly one of the nicest I have experienced...the white sand, crystal blue WARM water...we swam every day. Clean and quiet (we went during the off season). Walked the beach every morning, great way to start... "

South Beach, Miami, USA
- World Travel Award
South Beach, also nicknamed SoBe, is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida. Even if you can't afford to stay in luxury hotels with ocean views or you're not trendy enough to get into the beachfront clubs, the sand and turquoise waters of South Beach are free, accessible and popular with visitors along Ocean Drive from about Fifth Street up to Collins Park. You'll share the sand with locals, day-trippers and tourists staying in nearby hotels.

Mar del Plata, Argentina - World Travel Award as well as Tripadvisor Traveller's choice award
Argentina's top beach resort town, Mar del Plata boasts 10 miles of sandy beaches, from family-oriented La Perla in the north to very popular Bristol in the center and sophisticated Faro in the south. Regardless of the beach, expect very dense crowds, particularly in the summer months. Once an elite enclave, it now attracts visitors of all budgets.

Maldives - World Travel Award
This paradise barely sticks out above sea level. Made up of more than 1000 islands on 26 atolls this were you need to head for isolated luxury in the Indian Ocean - you can't go wrong visiting during November to March.

Saadiyat beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- World Travel Award
With 500m of the coast of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat is a world class leisure, residential, business and tourism hub designed to showcase Abu Dhabi to the world. This multi-faceted island destination features a wide range of luxury-based experiences, including hospitality, leisure and retail, with its public beaches, part of the Saadiyat Beach project, accessible for visitors as well as guests staying in the island’s luxury hospitality development.


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