Ask someone to picture the perfect travel destination and for many it will involve a beach. For some it means sunbathing and water sports, with a line of bars to explore when darkness falls. For others it means adventure and exploration, from the rugged charm of a hidden cove to the natural beauty of a deserted stretch of undisturbed sand.

There are all kinds of beaches out there waiting to be discovered, which is why you're in the right place. On this page you can find a constantly updated source of inspiration for your travels, with news and tips, including where to find the most beautiful beaches and what you can do when you get there.

Some beaches combine perfectly with a city break, from the legendary Copacabana in Rio to the rocky coves in the shadow of Dubrovnik's city walls. Others are an attraction in themselves, such as the sands where penguins play in the South African surf and the beaches of Thailand, Morocco and Mexico, perfect for a spot of winter sun. We know that everyone is looking for something different and that there is a whole world of beaches out there, so keep checking back for new destinations, guides and suggestions.

If the beach makes you think of the perfect holiday for two, check our romance travel section. Or, it is unspoiled beauty you're after, explore our articles on nature travel.

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