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Top Beach Holiday Destinations

Everyone loves relaxing by the seaside. Miles of white sands and blue seas – the perfect way to escape the humdrum and really unwind. We’ve gathered together a list of some of our favourite beach holidays.

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For a lot of people, beach holidays are the main reason they travel. When the Irish weather’s getting you down, feeling the sand between your toes lets you forget your cares and relax. From bustling beaches in major resorts to isolated stretches of picturesque sands, these top beach holiday destinations have it all.

Spain Beach

Mainland Spain

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From the glittering Costa del Sol to breathtaking Costa Brava, Spain is one of the world’s best beach destinations. The country boasts the highest number of designated Blue Flag beaches, recognised for being clean, safe and simply stunning. From Malaga to Salou, and Barcelona’s beaches just a stone’s throw from the urban centre you will be truly spoiled for choice.

Algarve Beach

The Algarve

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Another top favourite for beach holidays. The southern coast of Portugal is dotted with beloved resorts and beautiful sandy beaches. Discover stunning sands popular with both tourists and locals, and quieter stretches where you can chill out in peace.

Canary Island Beaches

The Canaries

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Officially part of Spain, these islands deserve a post all of their own. Most popular are Lanzarote and Tenerife, with Fuerteventura also offering stunning beaches. You’ll find miles and miles of beautiful sandy seaside, so rest assured your beach holiday will be a success.

Thailand Beaches


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Land of temples, street food and hectic cities, Thailand’s beaches are like another world. Phuket’s idyllic beaches are the stuff of legend. Ko Samui is a must-see, too. The whole country is dotted with blissful beaches. Take your pick!

Cancun Beach


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One of Mexico’s most beloved destinations for beachside getaways, Cancun offers rest and relaxation to sun chasers from all over the world. Its top resorts are right by great beaches where you can laze around and while the days away in paradise.

Croatia Beach


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One of Europe’s most up and coming destinations, Croatia’s beaches have truly been put on the map. For the perfect balance of city and seaside why not visit Dubrovnik? The cities of Zadar and Split also offer a stunning combo of urban bustle and beachside bliss.

Malta Beach


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This slice of Mediterranean bliss is a hot holiday destination right now. It’s being discovered by all kinds of Irish holidaymakers and one of the main draws is its beaches. From bustling beaches on the main island to more isolated stretches, particularly on the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino.

Agadir Beach


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Morocco is one of the most popular holiday hotspots on the North African coast, and it’s easy to see why. Its cities are a burst of energy and its beaches are truly beautiful. Go to Agadir and encounter some truly stunning sandy stretches. Casablanca is a top choice too for beachside relaxation.

Miami Beach


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Nestled between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida boasts miles and miles of beautiful beaches. The most famous is probably Miami Beach and for good reason. It’s the perfect place to catch some rays!

Dubai Beach


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Dubai is a unique place, a glittering oasis in the desert newly built and an amazing combination of bustling city energy and relaxed beach vibes. There are loads of beaches in the city or nearby to relax on, not least of all Jumeirah Beach, Sunset Beach and La Mer.

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