Our verdict on the top 10 beaches

Our verdict on the top 10 beaches
  1. Cuba

    For that Caribbean experience - white sands, palm trees and warm, clear waters. And as most holidays in Cuba offer an all-inclusive board basis you can lounge and enjoy the beach with a cocktail in your hand!

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: lush, verdant and unspoilt. Outstanding!

  2. Mexico

    Relax in a hammock on Cancun's white sand beach, or enjoy volleyball, windsurfing, jet skis and more. And if you need a little shade and a drink there are beach bars aplenty.

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: vibrant and cosmopolitan.

  3. Maldives

    What could be better than a beach on your own desert island? The Maldives will leave you spoilt for choice, with so many islands to choose from. Lie on the sand or snorkel in the cool blue waters.

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: beauty, peace and quiet. Hard to beat.

  4. Goa

    A unique experience. Not only are there the palm trees and sands that every beach holiday needs, but you can browse traditional market stalls, eat Indian food from a beach shack or try your hand at watersports on the regions 30 kilometres of beach.

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: chill-out and leave the world behind.

  5. Algarve

    If dramatic scenery is your thing, head to the Algarve. Its wide and endless beaches are lined with red cliffs, stacks and caves to be explored.

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: the wild power of the Atlantic. Breathtaking.

  6. Zante

    No beach list is complete without a mention of Smuggler's Cove in Zante, one of Greece's most famous beaches. Surrounded by white cliffs, with a wrecked ship in the centre of the sands, the beach is on every postcard on the Island.

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: picture-perfect. Yammas!

  7. Costa de la Luz

    A far cry from the popular image of the Spanish Costas, the Costa de la Luz offers vast wide sandy beaches, lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. A peaceful pace of life, less than three hours from the UK.

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: don't miss it.

  8. Kefalonia

    Myrtos Beach is Kefalonia's most picturesque, with cliffs on all sides, white sand and azure waters. A perfect location for reading your copy of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, set on the island!

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: one of the most beautiful places in all of Greece.

  9. Sardinia

    This Italian island offers some amazingly unspoilt beaches. With long sandy stretches, some of which are completely empty, Sardinia offers a coastline au naturel to be explored.

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: stunning scenery and stunning cuisine.

  10. Gran Canaria

    The beach at Maspalomas backs onto a wide expanse of sand dunes. Already a long and sandy curve around the coastline, the beach is a great place for swimming and watersports, but the dunes make a good beach spectacular.

    Aviva travel insurance verdict: just a short hop from the UK.

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