Europe’s beaches are legendary, from the celeb-studded French Riviera to the wilds of the Baltic coastline. There are hundreds of family-oriented choices, from shingle coves to vast sandy strips, but each family comes with its own rulebook and own set of demands. Different age groups have different criteria and so what suits one family won’t suit another; here are some suggestions of family beaches in Europe that match the needs of all ages.
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Zanzibar has been an important commercial stop since the ancient Assyrians, with traders coming from as far as Arabia, India and the Persian Gulf. This fusion of different African, Asian and Arab influences can be seen today in the island’s architecture. A prime example is Stone Town, a must-see while on the island. However, Unguja, or Zanzibar Island, is worth discovering outside the old town.
“Where are you going after your visit to Detroit?” My table-mate was a young Michigan native working for the city’s tourism office, and when I replied, “Ludington,” her face positively lit up. Then she grabbed her phone and started swiping through photo after photo of glowing pink, yellow and orange clouds over water.
“Ludington is the best,” she gushed. “The sunsets – I mean, just look at them – they’re amazing!”
For soul-warming sun, powdery sands and crystalline waters, the Caribbean offers thousands of beaches from which to choose. From secluded mountain-coddled coves and peaceful palm-lined stretches of sand to idyllic resort-fronted stretches and lively people-watching expanses, you’ll discover an abundance of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Choosing from which beach to enjoy the sun and surf can be challenging, so we’ve put together an insider’s guide to the best beaches in the Caribbean.
While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences you’ll find on some of the world’s strangest beaches.
Rivers, the great, ever-changing highways of water on the banks of which nearly all early civilizations were built. Nehir in Turkish, rio in Spanish — the river’s signifier in almost every language is beautiful, conjuring images of life and death, of settlement and flight, of the unstoppable flowing movement and renewal of all things. Their names — Ganges, Nile, Congo, Amazon, Danube — evoke entire worlds. Here is my list of the nine greatest river journeys in the world.
Thanksgiving’s eating, drinking and merrymaking tend to come with an element of stress over meal planning, preparation and cleanup. So take a break from the usual this year: Because what better way to celebrate an extra two days off in a row than to travel elsewhere than someone’s dining room? Consider going big — take your family and friends with you, or make a break for it with a private getaway — and skip the Black Friday shopping this year in exchange for experiences with far greater returns.
Tucked away off the southern coasts of India and Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea, The Maldives is a tiny island nation comprising 26 atolls. Characterized by white sand beaches and diverse underwater ecosystems, the Maldives has long been a favorite destination among honeymooners with cash to splash. And while many of the Maldives opulent resorts are certainly splurge-worthy, there are a few more modest accommodation options for those with tighter purse strings. Here are a few of the Maldives’ best over-water bungalows for travelers of all budgets:
If you have a week to travel Nicaragua, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one location — consider a multi-day adventure that lets you see some of the country’s best sights and attractions. If you want to see as much as possible, here are some ideas on how to spend a week in Nicaragua.
When people talk about vacationing in Tahiti, they aren’t necessarily talking about staying on the island of Tahiti itself. Tahiti is the largest of the islands in French Polynesia, which many people commonly refer to collectively as Tahiti. Flights typically arrive to the capital city of the island of Tahiti, Papeete, early in the morning to allow for travelers to make connections to neighboring islands or spend a few hours before embarking on a Paul Gauguin cruise. If you’re looking for things to do in town, here’s how to spend one day in Papeete: