If you want to travel to a sunny Zika-free beach destination but you’re worried about the virus, don’t sweat. There are plenty of gorgeous Zika-free places where you can soak up the sunshine.
Safe and welcoming, Hawaii is a paradise island filled with sugary beaches, coral reefs and stunning volcanoes. Eat ripe guava straight from the trees, go swimming in a waterfall pool, take a surfing lesson or go on a horseback riding trip with authentic “paniolo” Hawaiian cowboys. Then, feast all evening on pig cooked in an earth oven at a traditional Polynesian luau.
Bermuda is a tropical string of islands in the Sargasso Sea with a unique cultural heritage that blends North American, British, Portuguese, African and West Indian influences. There are plenty of things to do on this balmy and beautiful island, such as strolling through historic St. George, relaxing on the pink sand at Elbow Beach, playing a few rounds at Port Royal Golf Club or learning about the island’s history at the Bermuda Maritime Museum.
Although it may not have made it onto your travel radar yet, Uruguay is one of the best beach travel destinations in South America. Head to Punta del Este, where the Rio de la Plata meets the Atlantic along a beautiful sandy coastline. Known as the “Miami of South America” this fun and laid back beach town offers a vibrant nightlife and an iconic “Hand in the Sand” sculpture. Or, relax on the more chilled out sands of La Pedrera and stay in a cabana on stilts in the forest.
A popular sunshine destination for British travellers seeking relief from the rain, this Mediterranean island boasts gorgeous beaches, azure waters and picturesque mountains. Palma is a thriving city with many superb restaurants, the northern coast offers stunning hiking trails in the pine-covered hills and you can even visit the 14th century Gothic Bellver Castle, standing guard on a hill above the sea.
The Seychelles are so beautiful they don’t even seem real. As you explore these turquoise waters and white sands you will feel like you have stepped into an idyllic computer wallpaper image. Watch endangered turtles shuffle onto the beach to lay their eggs, go swimming in a secluded cove, see giant Aldabra tortoises roaming free and go snorkelling amidst a riot of colourful underwater life.
The “Land of a Thousand Smiles” is known for its laid-back friendliness and it is a great-value destination for a beach getaway. Head to one of the chilled out islands such as Koh Lanta or Koh Chang to relax on a sandy beach, go on treks in the jungle and feast on delicious spicy and flavourful food.
Have you considered Portugal for your next beach getaway? It boasts centuries of fascinating history, mouthwatering food, gorgeous historic architecture and plenty of great beaches. Check out the rugged surfing hotspots on the west coast, or the red cliffs and sandy bays of the Algarve region. Praia da Bordeira is a 3m long beach that is paradise for walkers and kite-surfers.
A Technicolor tropical paradise, Tahiti is home to black-sand beaches, bright blue lagoons, deep green mountains and cascading waterfalls. Go for a tour of the lush, mountainous interior in a 4WD vehicle or take diving lessons in the tranquil lagoons. If you visit between July and October you may even be able to spot whales surfacing in the South Pacific waters.
These are just a few of the amazing beach destination you can visit around the world, without having to worry about the Zika virus. So, why not start planning your trip today?