For some people, a spit of sand by a lake will do. The rest of us need to know there’ll be a capital-B Beach waiting at the end of a long journey. Luckily there are still plenty around – for now, at least. What makes a golden stretch one of the best beaches in the world? Pristine sand and clean water, for starters. The rest depends on your fondness for wildlife, water sports, creature comforts and G-strings, or your threshold for doing absolutely nothing at all.
Ours is not an exhaustive list, but we think it has something for every bum – from a textbook tropical paradise in the Seychelles to a surprising drift in the UK. To make sure you get accommodation within easy reach of your chosen spot, start hunting at least six months in advance and buy your flights three months out. Then, get ready to feel the best sand in the world between your very toes.
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