2011's Best Destinations for Sun Worshippers
While a jam-packed action-style holiday is all very well, sometimes you need a more sedentary pace; to relax quietly, perhaps sipping a cocktail, or going for a gentle swim when it all becomes too much. Frankly, sitting in the sunshine for a week or two can be just what the doctor ordered, and nothing says 'relaxed' like beach holidays.
So, if you're after a laid-back break this summer; sit back and read our handy guide to the best sun-soaked destinations out there. Enjoy!
Best for Budget
Thanks to a low economy and a thriving tourist scene, there are plenty of cheap holidays to Spain out there, so don't miss out this summer. 45 million tourists per annum can't be wrong. If you're after beautiful scenery while you're relaxing, Majorca is a fabulous option. With around 40 stunning beaches, often of the clear-water, white sand variety, mountainous landscapes and some of the best sunsets out there, Majorca holidays can't be beaten for camera-worthy moments. Thanks to its island location, Majorca has some of the best, and freshest seafood out there, often at a very low cost.
Best for Foodies
No one does food like the Italians. Pasta, pizza, ice cream, tiramisu: it’s a gastronomic delight, and if you're looking to combine sunshine with indulging your food passions, you could do a lot worse than the Amalfi coastline.
With plenty of tiny, off-the-beaten track towns with their own unique recipes and restaurants to discover, Amalfi is also good if you like exploring, although taking a car can be awkward due to the small roads and lack of parking. The area has its own particular delicacies, but due to the abundance of lemon trees in the area, its signature offering is the limoncello. This powerful, rather sharp liqueur is unique to the coastline, and can be sampled in many of the restaurants and cafes on offer.
Due to its proximity to Naples, Amalfi does a fabulous assortment of pizzas for every taste. Buon appetito!
Best Romantic Breaks
If you want some quiet time with your beloved, the Seychelles may be perfect. Located just off the African coastline, only a few of the 115 islands are actually inhabited, meaning there's plenty of quiet beaches and resorts in which to enjoy each other's company.
The beaches in particular are noted for being almost untouched by mankind, with a refreshing absence of fences, litter, crowds and all those everyday annoyances.
If all that relaxing gets too much, try out some of the island's large array of sports: golfing, water-skiing and horseback riding to name a few. Just don't get too competitive!
Best for Families
If you're looking for plenty to keep the kids occupied, Florida will leave you completely spoilt for choice. With the Everglades National Park, Disneyland, Sea World and the Busch Gardens, you may need another holiday to recover!
Those with particularly active children will enjoy the array of diving and water sports on offer and certain parts of the coastline even have sunken vessels lurking offshore, waiting to be discovered.
If you really want a holiday to remember, consider visiting the Kennedy Space Centre. With its abundance of fascinating space history and displays of full size spaceships and rockets, the entire family will be enthralled. Children in particular will enjoy the Space Centre's Shuttle Launch Experience; best avoided if you don't like heights!
Wherever you choose to go, the laidback atmosphere of a sun-kissed beach holiday is one that can rarely be matched. Take plenty of sunscreen and enjoy an indulgent break from everyday life. Bon voyage!
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