Travel: Beach holidays

One of the things that I enjoy the most on my travels is exploring different beaches. Whatever the time of year, spending time by the sea feels relaxing to me, whether I’m paddling, swimming, looking for shells or just sitting and watching the waves. Here are some great posts about beach holidays – after reading these, I definitely have some new destinations on my bucket list!

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

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UK

Scilly Art from Nature with Oriel Hicks

Kirstie Pelling of The Family Adventure Project enjoyed exploring the beautiful beaches of the Isles of Scilly with her family. Kirstie says: ‘A visit to one of the beaches on the Isles of Scilly is like going back in time. It’s like having lashings of lemonade with the Famous Five. The beaches are often empty and always stunning, and you can take a motor boat between them. Or use them as a creative springboard as we did on St Mary’s.’

Newquay beaches

Jo Peden who blogs at Where Jo Goes, has been visiting Cornwall, in England’s southwestern corner, for years. In this post she shares some of her favourite beaches in and around Newquay, on Cornwall’s North coast. Jo says: ‘This part of England is home to some of the best beaches in Britain – stunning scenery, traditional bucket-and-spade sandy stretches and those all important surfing spots.’

Glen Orchard Holiday Park: The perfect base for exploring the New Forest & Jurassic Coast

Zoe of Juggling on Rollerskates is a fan of this friendly holiday park in Dorset, England. Zoe says: ‘We stayed in a small caravan park five minutes from the beach where the children loved the sand dunes and beach huts at Mudeford Sands and Hengistbury Heads.’

Europe

Holidaying at Levante Beach, Rhodes With Mark Warner Holidays

I love this post by Kate Sutton of WitWitWoo about her trip to Greece with a group of fellow bloggers. It sounds like a relaxing and enjoyable trip to a great destination, and Kate’s warmth and genuine personality shines through. Kate was a talented writer who drew the reader into her world with her kindness, wit and honesty, and it’s a tragedy that she has died at such a young age, leaving two sons. I am one of the many people who will miss her very much.

Top things to do near La Manga Club, Spain

I enjoyed our trip to the beach at Parque Regional de Calblanque nature reserve when we were on holiday at Spain’s La Manga Club, and I wrote about it in this post on my blog Mums do travel. There are no vehicles allowed in the reserve, and so we had the golden sandy beach practically to ourselves when we visited. You need to be organised and take everything with you that you need for the beach though, as there are no shops or cafes there.

Top things to do around Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer with children

Eva Katona of Captain Bobcat is a regular visitor to Villefranche-sur-Mer in the South of France – and after reading her post I can see why. Eva says: ‘Villefranche-sur-Mer is a charming, old fishing village on the on Cote d’Azur, in between Nice and Monte Carlo. It has a small, but beautiful harbour, a citadel and a restaurant and tiny shops filled old town, which dates from the 12th and 13th centuries. 

It has two beaches: the main, Plage des Mariniers (sand) and Plage de la Darse (pebbles). We tried both as on one occasion we stayed right by the latter and I really have no preference. The water is clear, shallow, warms up early in the season (around May) so it’s perfect for children. They are both sheltered because of their situation in the bay. The main beach can get quite busy though.’

USA

The Pacific Coast Highway in photos: 56 reasons to visit California

For a beach trip with a twist, Cathy Winston of Mummy Travels recommends a road trip along the USA’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway. From the brightly coloured boardwalk at Santa Cruz to the purple sands of Pfeiffer Beach to the retro vibe of Pismo Beach, Cathy shares her highlights of this eight-night journey.

Thailand

Best beaches in Thailand for kids

Jenny of TraveLynn Family has put together this very helpful guide to Thai beaches. She says: ‘Thailand is known for its pristine sun-drenched beaches. But each beach has a different vibe and it’s important to know which one best suits your family. This post brings together the best beaches in Thailand for kids, as suggested by top travel bloggers.’ 

Next time

For the next round-up, please share your posts about camping and glamping holidays anywhere in the world. Please send me links to your relevant posts, with a couple of introductory sentences, by 15th August by email to gretta@mumsdotravel.com. I’ll include up to a maximum of the first 20 relevant links which I receive. Thank you!

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About Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano is an award-winning blogger, journalist and social media manager. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teens, and trips when parents escape without their kids. Winner of the 2016 Women in Marketing Award for Best Social Media Campaign and the 2014 BritMums BiB Award for Best Travel Blog, she lives with her husband and teenage kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves exploring new places, chocolate and kindness.

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