In Photos: 10 Gorgeous Beaches From Around The World

Beach at Francois Perron National Park - Western Australia - Australia

The chaps of Barcelo Hotels got in touch with me recently, to ask if I’d be interested in telling you about their newly launched blog.

In case you weren’t aware (I wasn’t), Barcelo is a leading Spanish hotel chain offering 140 hotels in 16 countries, and their blog is full of ideas of things to do and places to visit around their destinations. So far so good.

As a bonus incentive, they offered to give you guys the opportunity to win 10% off a stay at any of those properties (see more below). Overall, sounded like something worth sharing - if I could figure out an angle!

Well, I took at look at the Barcelo blog (you should too, it’s got some nice pictures of beaches!), and therein lay my answer. An excuse to do a photo essay of some of my favourite beaches from around the world, after which, you will find details of how to win that 10% off. Because who doesn’t like touring the beaches of the world?

Beach New Zealand

Ok, we’ll start off with a country perhaps not as well known for its beaches as it should be – New Zealand. This is Tolaga Bay beach on the east cape of the North Island. It’s home to a 600m long wharf – the longest in the country!

bench on beach seychelles

The Seychelles. When it comes to beaches, the Seychelles are, in my opinion, second to none. Admittedly it’s a pricey destination, but if you love to have a fabulous beach to yourself, with pure warm waters to swim in, they are tough to beat!

Cloud reflection lagoon beach Tasmania

A country that is well known for its beaches – Australia! And with 30.000km of coastline, you have no shortage of choice. I did a whole post on the gorgeous beaches of this country, which you can find here.

12 Apostles coastline beach Australia Great Ocean Road.png

The Twelve Apostles in Australia are part of the Great Ocean Road – one of the more spectacular drives you can do in Australia. So much so that I did it twice! Read more about exploring Australia in our comprehensive guides, here.

Sunrise from Nern Chalet Hua Hin beach

Thailand is perhaps the quintessential beach destination. Here, the sun rises over Hua Hin, one of the more popular beach towns for locals, who pop down here from Bangkok for R&R.

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Ecuador might not spring immediately to mind when you think of beaches, but it has some fantastic coastline and hundreds of tiny beach towns to choose from. Our favourite was Canoa, captured in this photo at sunset, and you can read all about that, here.

Sao conrado beach Rio Brazil 2 scaled

Rio de Janeiro is a city which takes its beaches seriously, and with over forty of them to choose from, you’ll never be short of an option. Whilst Ipanema and Copacabana are the most famous, we also liked the slightly quieter vibe of Sao Conrado, pictured here.

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Barcelona is another city with a gorgeous beach, letting you get a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and dip your toes in the sea. We visited early in the year, when it was a bit cool and less busy, but we hope to go back and enjoy it at a busier time of year some time soon!

Brindisi beach torre guaceto

Finally, one from Italy, and in this case, Brindisi. Italy has a mix of private and public beaches, like many Mediterranean countries – this particular beach was a lovely publically accessible beach near the town of Brindisi.

Phew! That was a good pile of beaches. Now, let’s talk about getting you a discount on a Barcelo stayl!

To enter, all you have to do is hop over to the Barcelo blog, and then leave a comment below telling us where you’d like to stay from the entries that are live at the moment. That’s it!

This will run until the 28th June, after which a winner will be picked at random by the Barcelo team, who’ll send you details of how to claim your prize.

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