With the sun beginning to set earlier and back-to-school setups in all of your local shops, you might be thinking that beach weather is coming to an end.
Not so, if you know where to go!
From long-haul paradises to those right around the corner, these beach destinations are perfect for a last breath of fresh air before autumn really sets in.
Vietnam is blessed with nearly 3.5 kilometres of coastline, including several great beaches near Hanoi. Bai Chay offers exquisite views over hills and pine tree forests, and nearby Tuan Chau has been transformed from a simple fishing village into a modern resort island, complete with beautiful, golden beaches.
Honolulu is a must-visit destination for any beach lover. Hawaii’s capital city is located on the island of Oahu, home to some of the best beaches in the world including the famous Waikiki and Lanikai.
Denpasar is the capital of Bali, best known for its white, sandy beaches, including the surfing beach at Serangan Island and calmer Sanurbeach, perfect for kite surfing or sunbathing.
The island nation of Mauritius is surrounded by more than 150 kilometres of white sandy beaches, not to mention the world’s third-largest coral reef; it’s the ideal place to get away from it all.
Dubai’s beaches, on the other hand, are anything but relaxing; these popular hangouts are where people come to see and be seen. Many beaches, particularly along the Jumeirah stretch, are reserved for resort guests or those willing to pay a hefty fee.
Malta’s stunning beaches have some of the cleanest bathing waters in Europe, making them perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
The south coast of the Algarve, in southern Portugal, is home to some of the top beaches in Europe, combining the best of a Mediterranean climate and atmosphere with Atlantic beaches and waves.
Barcelona’s four kilometres of city beaches are the place to take a stroll after an afternoon of sightseeing. Divided into four main beach areas, there’s more than enough choice.
Perfectly placed on the Costa del Sol, Malaga also boasts some great city beaches. The Playa del Campo de Golf is popular with kite surfers, while Guadalmar is best known amongst naturists. Misericordia, meanwhile, is the best place to see the famed Ola del Melillero waves that appear on the beach every evening around 19:30.
Beautiful Santorini Island is known for its azure seas, but the bright, white beaches you’ll find throughout Greece are surprisingly absent here. Instead, you’ll discover the unique, volcanic sand of Santorini – be sure to bring shoes, as it gets quite hot at midday!
Palma is the capital of Mallorca Island and offers a few city beaches to choose from, including the kilometre-long Platja Ca’n Pere Antoni and the local favourite, Ciutat Jardi. But be sure to spend some time outside of the city to discover Mallora’s cliff tops concealing secret cove beaches for a true glimpse of paradise.
Looking for destination inspiration for a different month? Check out Where to Go, where we showcase the best places to travel to for every month of the year.