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Best beach with the bluest warm water and not ridiculously crowded?

crknwk2000crknwk2000 Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
Hi parents who always seem to have such good info,
Where in the world is your favorite beach with soft sand, totally swimmable blue warm water that is not ridiculously crowded in June and July? We are a family who doesn't travel a ton due to saving our pennies, but my D19 is graduating and we want to take her on a great beach trip for 2 weeks. We don't have sky's the limit $$ for this, but we've saved some to make it good. She would LOVE to go the Seychelles, but not sure if we can make that work. Maybe somewhere in Greece? What has been your favorite beach that fits what we're looking for?

Some info: we'll be leaving from San Francisco
We've already been to: Tulum (really loved it), various Hawaiian islands so no Hawaii

Thanks for any tips!

Replies to: Best beach with the bluest warm water and not ridiculously crowded?

  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,462 Senior Member
    In my opinion, if you are looking for a beach vacation I would just go to a Caribbean island. I have been to beaches in Italy, Thailand, Mexico, HI and I find some of the Caribbean islands have the nicest beaches and they are close by.D1 went to Maldives for her honeymoon. She said it was nice, but she wouldn't do it again because she could find something similar closer to home. I think Punta Cana, Turks and Caicos have the bluest water and softest beaches. It is going to be very hot in Jun & Jul, but still very enjoyable.
    If you want to go to Europe and you have 2 weeks, you may want to do surf and turf. One week on a beach and one week for sightseeing. I would highly recommend Italy around Tuscany. They are some nice beach towns and you can go to Florence, Pisa and other nearby towns.
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,462 Senior Member
    Both of my kids have been to Portugal beaches. They said it's very nice, great food and very reasonable.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 3,762 Senior Member
    We went to Bermuda for DD's graduation/18th birthday last year and loved it. We went in mid June and the weather was perfect and it wasn't crowded at all.
  • crknwk2000crknwk2000 Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    Thanks @momofsenior1 and @oldfort. We could tag this trip onto a family reunion that is happening at the end of Juen on the East Coast so getting down the Caribbean or Bermuda would be pretty easy from there. If anyone has specific places that they've stayed out in any beach areas that they recommend I'd be so grateful, too!
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,462 Senior Member
    Bermuda is beautiful with softest sand. It is more expensive than other islands, and I think you would be bored there for 2 weeks. I used to go there for long weekend because it was so close to NYC.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 35,806 Senior Member
    Yes, I’d find 2 weeks too long for any beach vacation.
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 8,454 Senior Member
    edited December 2018
    Late June-early July is a good time to go to Europe because kids get out of school later there.

    To save money, go to the Caribbean. It’s a little less crowded in summer. The airfare should be cheaper. There are many islands that fit the bill for tropical paradise and the flight time will be a lot shorter. If you’re trying to be economical, it makes a lot more sense to stay closer to the US, especially when there are world class beaches in the Caribbean.

    Mexico is beautiful and so interesting. It’s probably better suited to a two week trip because there is a lot to see and do. I recommend the Caribbean side over the Pacific side, because you will find gorgeous beaches apart from Tulum and there are so many cool ruins within easy access of that area. Maybe you saw those ruins before.

    Greece is wonderful. We took our teens a couple of years ago to Crete in late June, early July. We loved it, and there is no shortage of stunning beaches with beautiful sand and blue water. Hubby and I have both been to various islands, but Crete was fabulous. Google Falassarna and Elafonissi beaches. Stunning. For a two week trip, there is enough to see and do because Crete is a fairly large island. I also recommend you spend a couple of days in Athens because the whole city is interesting and it seems crazy to go all that way and not see the Acropolis.

    We also went to the Amalfi Coast in Italy in late June, early July. Beaches with soft sand are not going to happen, but there are beaches. We swam in the sea every day and the water was gorgeous, clear and turquoise. Google Bagni Della Regina Giovanna, it’s amazing. We based ourselves in Sorrento because we wanted access to Pompeii and easier sight seeing. It was a perfect location for us and our teens loved it. We rented our own boat and went to Positano one day. That was a darn good vacation.

    Many people love the south of France, and there is a lot to see there for two weeks. I don’t have any experience with it, but I’m sure if you google St. Tropez you will find a lot of good beaches with soft sand and clear blue water.

    @crknwk2000 Should add, we went to Thailand this summer. The beaches on Koh Samui were beautiful. It won’t necessarily be off peak though, because the Indian Ocean side of Thailand will be in rainy season. That’s why we went to Samui. It was not super busy, but busy enough. It won’t be such a schelp from SF I guess. But I do think two weeks is too long for any small island. I would have gone stir crazy if I’d been on Samui for two weeks.
  • dallastxmomdallastxmom Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    We love Grand Cayman. Been 3 times in June and July and never been crowded. We do avoid downtown on days with cruise ships in port. We stay in a condo on 7 mile beach and it is a very relaxing trip for us.
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,462 Senior Member
    My brother just came back from Ibiza and he said it was a lot of fun. There is great music (party) scene.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 13,489 Senior Member
    Be warned- June and July are hurricane season for the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Probability of one- low but possible.
  • jmk518jmk518 Registered User Posts: 265 Junior Member
    We go to the BVI and rent a villa in Virgin Gorda every few years.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 19,987 Senior Member
    How about a cruise of the Caribbean? Some of the ones I've been on have been to nice beaches. I'd love to go on one that stops in Cuba!
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,982 Super Moderator
    crknwk2000 wrote:
    Maybe somewhere in Greece?
    Cyprus is way better for great beaches and relatively few tourists -- at least if you avoid Ayia Napa.

    You'll run into some Brits on the island, but most Americans can't even locate Cyprus on a map.
  • mominvamominva Registered User Posts: 2,940 Senior Member
    We did Club Med Columbus Isle for a week, great beach plus activities.
  • mom60mom60 Registered User Posts: 7,966 Senior Member
    edited December 2018
    My relative did Fiji last summer with her teenage children.
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