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Top 5 Secret Beaches

By HarryFriday 30th January 2015

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Before your Royal Caribbean cruise, it can be a good idea to do some research into the best beaches in and around your holiday destination. A bustling, family beach can be a great place for fun and games, but for those of you who seek the tranquillity of more secluded sands, we’ve come up with five of our favourite spots that serve as ideal places to relax, whether you want to sunbathe, snorkel or simply just enjoy the view.

Champagne Beach, Vanuatu, South Pacific

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A list of luxury beaches wouldn’t be complete without Champagne Beach. Widely viewed as one of the best beaches in the South Pacific, it’s located on the island of Espirito Santo in Vanuatu. Unlike most other beaches of its kind, you won’t find any resorts lining the sands here, so you won’t feel like your space is compromised. The beach sits in a bay on the north east of the island, and the ocean temperature ranges from 22°c in the winter to 28°c in the summer. Whatever your hobby, these clear, warm waters make the beach perfect for snorkelers and swimmers alike. Curious about the name? The island gets is named after volcanic movements that occur beneath the ground, which cause small bubbles to fizz in the shallows.

Cococay, Bahamas

6495170759_c4cfa7c905_z Cococay is an exclusive island for Royal Caribbean guests. Situated in the Sea of Abaco, the coastline here is known for its calm currents. Jump right in and explore the hidden depths of the nearby waters, which contain concealed underwater caves and schools of colourful fish. You can take advantage of an eco-tour around the Bahamas’ Berry Islands to see an array of wildlife, from crabs to giant starfish. Cococay boasts idyllic white sands and turquoise tides, and there are even places along the beach to purchase a refreshing cocktail. With beaches on all sides, Cococay exists as a true haven away from the rest of the world.

Morne Rouge Beach, Grenada

9982604836_8ddfa62813_z The island of Grenada has dozens of beautiful beaches to choose from, with many visitors heading to the popular Grand Anse Beach. If you’re after a more private experience, Morne Rouge is the ideal choice. Hidden away in a bay, the warm currents of Morne Rouge are some of the calmest of the beaches in the area, and the sand is sheltered by thick, luscious greenery, which serves as a sound barrier against the two nearby resorts. The beach isn’t as accessible as some of its rivals, and with many preferring to stick nearer to the roads, it maintains a feeling of exclusivity. If you’ve got young children, this beach in particular is great, as the shallow waters are safe for all ages.

Playa de Rodas, Galacia, Spain

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The Cíes Islands of Spain’s Galacia are just a short boat ride from Vigo, and boast some of the area’s most picturesque beaches. The islands have been a national park since 1980, and are open to the public only in the summer months. Join in with the locals, who come here to enjoy the long stretch of sand that connects two of the mountainous mainlands, Illa do Monte Ayudo and Illa do Faro and as an uninhabited national park, the area feels seemingly untouched. Views of the white sands and surrounding mountains are breathtaking, and exploring the nearby coasts will yield even more stunning beaches. 

Los Botes, Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

2305383593_334b2bbab7_z This South American destination is sometimes overlooked, but when it comes to luxuriant beaches, it has some of the best. High season runs from around mid-December through to February, and during this time the coastline can get busy. However for the rest of the year, the same beaches are blissfully quiet. The fishing village of Punta del Diablo is just a two hour drive from Punta del Este, and the beaches here stretch for miles. You may well end up on Los Botes (Fisherman’s Beach), where the colourful boats dotted along the sand add to the scenery. Surfers should head to the nearby La Viuda and Rivero beaches, for stronger currents.

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