Tired of going to your favourite beach haunts, only to find it overtaken by crowds of beach-goers? Perhaps it is time to plan a visit to less well-known beaches which can offer a relaxing summer vacation without the need to compete for space with other people.
Online travel agent ZUJI has handpicked 10 unassuming beach locations around the world that will take you away from the crowds, while still being a stone's throw from civilisation.
Bali's Amed beach, for instance, offers a breath-taking view of the sunrise as well as great diving and snorkelling activities. While there, visitors can also explore the seaside villages and other local attractions such as the Tirta Gangga Water Palace and Goa Lawah Temple.
Another beach location to check out is the family-friendly Pinarallo Beach in Corsica, France. This 1.2km-long beach boasts azure blue waters set against a stunning backdrop, with a picturesque long stretch of white sand and fragrant pine trees scattered right up to the beach. Beach-goers can also hang out at refreshment kiosks and take part in water sports activities.
Here are more unassuming beach locations chosen by ZUJI that offers you that relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of crowds.
1. Banana Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Locals know it as Haad Hin Gluai, or Banana Rock Beach, for the shape of a rock formation jutting out of the sea on the bay's south end. Savvy tourists know it for being one of Phuket's last secret beaches and a peaceful escape from the city's tourist hustle. Found on a tiny bay, the beach can only be reached by long tail boat or a jungle path. Although it may be a little tricky to get to, it promises tranquillity and beauty with its crystal clear waters.
2. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Floating in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of Thailand is Phu Quoc Island, a gorgeous tropical paradise fringed with white-sandy beaches. Known for its untouched natural environment, chilled atmosphere, friendly locals and amazing scuba diving and snorkelling, Phu Quoc's peak season runs from November to March. Night life is a little quieter, so opt for daytime adventures instead, like exploring in the reefs or kayaking in the bay. For something more laid back, indulge in a massage or dine on the freshest seafood by the beach.
3. Al-Mamzar Beach Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Situated in the Al Hamriya area, Al Mamzar Beach Park has not one, but four inviting beaches with protected swimming areas and lifeguards. Spread out across 106-hectres, the part surf and part turf man-made beach park offers white sandy beaches with bristling palm trees, winding foot and bike paths, and a couple of pools. Not too far off, you will find kiosks and open grass patches that are great for picnics and barbeques. Rentable chalets are also available, especially if you're looking to pamper yourself with a little VIP treatment.