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That Shore is a Good Beach…

That Shore is a Good Beach…
22 April 2024 Samantha Anderson
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dealchecker dives into TripAdvisor reviews to find out what makes and breaks the world’s best beaches.

Whether you prefer sunbathing beachside or poolside, there is no denying that powdery white sands, clear blue waters and rugged coastlines make for a tranquil escape that provides the perfect respite from everyday life. Yet even the beaches voted the best of the best in the Travellers’ Choice Awards this year have had their fair share of criticism.

To ensure your next trip is spent feeling ‘fintastic’, Rosie Panter, travel expert at the UK’s trusted travel comparison site dealchecker has waded through TripAdvisor for the poorest reviews of the world’s best beaches so you aren’t left caught short on arrival…

Number one: Praia da Falésia, Olhos de Agua, Portugal

(4.5/5 on TripAdvisor)

Known for its dramatic cliffs, golden sands and sparkling blue waters, Praia de Falésia in Albufeira has been described by many as “very impressive” with plenty of options for those looking to sunbathe, surf or hike the top of the cliffs.

Easily accessible via public transport, with toilets, a snack bar and a Blue Flag recognition for its cleanliness, this idyllic beach would be the top choice for many when planning a Portuguese getaway. But for some, it isn’t quite up to scratch, being described as “the human equivalent of an ant colony” and “not very special”.

Rosie’s tip: To nab a good sun lounger, we’d recommend getting there before 10am.

Number two: Spiaggia dei Conigli, Italy

(5/5 on TripAdvisor)

With azure waters and stretches of Maldives-like white sand, this beach in Lampedusa is perfect for relaxing, soaking up the sun and taking a dip in the warm waters. And as a nesting site for loggerhead turtles, nature lovers might even catch a glimpse of one of the resident turtles. But we wouldn’t recommend Spiaggia dei Conigli for those who aren’t big fans of wildlife (or other people for that matter), having been referred to as “just a beach” with “a lot of inappropriate people and lots of stray dogs”.

Rosie’s tip: Opt for Cala Croce, a nice beach with an excellent restaurant close by too.

Number three: La Concha Beach, Spain

(4.5/5 on TripAdvisor)

Located in the heart of foodie hotspot, San Sebastian, La Concha Beach has a lively atmosphere with a huge sandy shore and clear, blue waters. A great place for families, there is plenty to do, from surfing to swimming but for others, they are reminded of “Brighton in the 60’s”… sounds like a great time for us, but we can understand why it may be triggering for others.

Rosie’s tip: If you prefer to experience the local culture in a different way, head on a bar crawl around the city where you can try pintxos (small snacks held in place by a toothpick) along the way.

Number four: Ka’anapali Beach, Hawaii

(4.5/5 on TripAdvisor)

Those looking to go further afield than Europe can expect a slice of paradise when visiting this beach in Hawaii, with gentle waves, crystal clear waters and unforgettable mountains, alongside jaw dropping sunsets, snorkelling and even whale-watching tours. Not all beachgoers thought it was all it was cracked up to be, describing it as “overrated” and “not a good beach… [as you] will get covered in sand when that rogue wave comes crashing over you”.

Rosie’s tip: If you don’t like sand, don’t go to this beach, or any beach to be honest but perhaps give snorkelling a go or while away the afternoon on a boat trip.

Number five: Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos

(5/5 on TripAdvisor)

Part of the protected area of Princess Alexandra National Park, this beautiful untouched beach is famed for its warm Caribbean waters, endless powder-like shores and its off-coast barrier reef but others have left, pondering why they went in the first place as they found “coarse sand [and]… people playing loud music”, and others questioning the accolade altogether “ Grace Bay Beach one of the best beaches on the planet? It’s not even one of the best beaches on the island ! Disappointing but ok.”

Rosie’s tip: Head to North Bay, Salt Cay, if you are looking for some peace and quiet, where you can find small reefs, perfect for snorkelling and the occasional humpback whale.

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