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Beach Breaks with Norwegian

Need a beach break? Whether you're looking to laze in the sun or go exploring, fly with Norwegian to the best beach destinations

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Top Beach Break Destinations

Gran Canaria beach

Beach holidays in the Canary Islands

There’s good reason Gran Canaria is known as a “continent in miniature” – the Canary Island has incredibly diverse landscapes and microclimates, from close to 60 km of beaches to dramatic volcanoes, pine forests, and a lush Biosphere Reserve that covers one third of the island. Plus there’s an average of 320 sunny days every year.

Lifeguard hut on South Beach, Miami

Miami beach breaks

Miami is the perfect destination for a winter beach holiday, with a lively mix of American and Caribbean culture – think white sand beaches, picturesque palm trees, colourful Art Deco architecture, and Latino vibes in Little Havana. There’s also the opportunity to get up close with manatees, alligators, and crocodiles in the nearby Everglades.

Beach near Split, Croatia

Beach breaks in Croatia

Croatia's top beach destination is Split – the city has everything you need for a beach holiday, whether you want to laze in the sun, immerse yourself in history, or indulge in local seafood dishes at one of the city's many restaurants. The Croatian city, which has grown out of the palace built in 295AD by Roman Emperor Diocletian, is one of the jewels of the Mediterranean.

 

Best Beach Breaks Europe

Visit Kefalonia – the perfect Greek island getaway

Kefalonia is the perfect destination for a Greek island getaway. Its rugged, dramatic coastline is made up of sandy coves, pebbly beaches and hidden bays – many of which are only accessible on foot. Myrtos in the north is one of the longest beaches on the island, and is regularly recognised as the one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. Take in the view from the surrounding cliffs and don’t miss the sunset. Antisamos, near the port of Sami, was used as a location for the film of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the Blue Flag beach has white sands and turquoise water. For adventurous beachgoers it also has Extreme Watersports Kefalonia, which offers everything from snorkelling to wakeboarding. For something different, head to Xi in the southwest of the island. It’s relatively accessible and has shallow waters, beach bars, sun loungers and watersports facilities such as jet skis and banana rides.

Fly to Croatia and discover Split's stunning beaches

The entire coastline of the Split peninsula in Croatia is dotted with beautiful beaches, making it a great destination for a sun and sand holiday. One of the best-kept beaches in Split is Trstenik, maintained by the Radisson Blu Resort Split. There’s a VIP area for hotel guests, but the rest of the pebbled beach is open to the public and ideal for families holidaying with children. Žnjan beach is just around the corner and is also popular with families. If you want a taste of local culture, head to Bačvice, a sandy urban beach with plenty of sun loungers where locals gather to play picigin, a traditional beach ball game. It’s home to a thriving nightlife scene and the Split Beach Festival in August. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head for the pebbly beaches on the Marjan Peninsula, including Jezinac and Kastelet.

 

Weekend Beach Breaks

Fly to Malaga for sun and culture

With around 320 days of sunshine each year, there’s no better place for a weekend beach break in Spain than Malaga. While the city serves as a gateway to the beaches and resorts of the Costa del Sol, there’s plenty more to do here than simply bask in the sun. There are over 30 museums in the city – from the colourful Pompidou Centre and the Picasso Museum, which celebrates the famous painter who was born in the city, to the fascinating Automobile & Fashion Museum. You can also explore street art in the hip Soho neighbourhood, which has been transformed into an open-air gallery by the Maus project. If you simply can’t stay away from the beaches, hire a bike and cycle along the coastal path to Pedregalejo, a tiny fishing village with a beach. While there, sample some of the local seafood at El Cabra

 

Visit Palma de Mallorca for a romantic getaway

With more than 200 beaches – over 40 of them designated as Blue Flag – around its coastline, Mallorca is the stuff summer dreams are made of. The capital, Palma, offers the perfect base from which to explore the Spanish island on a short beach holiday. On arrival, take a stroll along the tree-lined Passeig del Born boulevard to get your bearings, and explore the romantic laneways of the Sa Llotja neighbourhood. The urban beach at Ca’n Pere Antoni is dramatically overlooked by the city’s landmark Cathedral Santa Maria of Palma. It can get busy in summer, but there’s soft, white sand and plenty of bars, beach clubs and restaurants. Dodge the crowds by heading for Portixol, the next beach along – which is quieter and also served by excellent restaurants. If you feel the need to do something more active than laze in the sun, try a yoga class at Zunray Yoga

 

Winter sun breaks

Visit Fort-de-France, Martinique – for Caribbean waters 

Martinique’s capital is known for its beaches, lush tropical vegetation, colonial architecture and year-round sun – making Fort-de-France a perfect destination for a Caribbean beach break. Take in the unique architecture of the Schoelcher Library, the historic Fort Saint-Louis and Sacré-Coeur de Balata, a miniature replica of the Parisian basilica, then use the city as a base for exploring the island. A popular day trip is to head an hour and a half north to the volcano Mount Pelée. The drive runs along the coast past the black-sand beaches of Le Carbet and through the pretty town of Saint-Pierre. If it’s white sand beaches and Caribbean waters you’re looking for, drive 30 minutes to Les Trois-Îlets, the island’s best resort town. See dolphins and snorkel with turtles on a boat tour with Planet Dolphins.

Explore Lanzarote – and discover volcanic vistas

With its dramatic volcanic landscape, hidden coves, idyllic white architecture and year-round sun, Lanzarote is the perfect place to escape from the winter weather. A visit to Timanfaya National Park is a must – its otherworldly landscape of black sand and volcano cones was created by eruptions in the 18th century. Nowadays it’s a UNESCO designated biosphere, and due to its fragile nature you’ll need to book onto a coach tour to visit. There’s also the option of a camel safari. Back in town, explore Playa Blanca, one of the island’s most popular resorts. For sun and sand, head to Papagayo beach – one of the best beaches on Lanzarote. And if you want to learn more about the island’s architecture, visit the spectacular César Manrique Foundation to discover more about the architect whose vision for sympathetic building shaped the look of modern Lanzarote. 

  • Travel to Singapore for a unique winter sun break

    Singapore’s tropical climate, green spaces, incredible food and world-class museums make the Lion City the ideal winter sun escape in Asia. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from Marina Bay Sands, the enormous hotel and leisure complex topped by a sky-high boat-shaped observation deck and infinity pool. The pool is for hotel guests only, but non-guests can access the SkyPark observation deck, from which you can see the Supertree Grove (a collection of tree-like observation towers filled with greenery) at horticultural attraction Gardens by the Bay. Then, explore both sides of the city’s food scene with a one-Michelin-starred meal at Corner House, where the eight-course Discovery Menu will leave you a few hundred dollars lighter, and street food at Maxwell Food Centre, the most authentic hawker market in Singapore. 

    Visit Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe – for golden beaches and palms

    Pointe-à-Pitre is the main town on the island of Grande-Terre, and its central location in the archipelago makes it a perfect base for exploring everything that this winter sun destination in the French Caribbean has to offer. Start in town at the Mémorial ACTe, a museum focused on slavery and colonialism, which will give you an insight into the history of the islands. Stay on Grande-Terre, the eastern island, for golden beaches (La Caravelle is a favourite for families, especially the Club Med La Caravelle) and beachfront restaurants. Those in search of adventure should head to Basse-Terre, the western island. Its mountainous terrain is covered with rainforests and lush waterfalls, making it perfect for hiking. Or escape to the palm-lined paradise of Les Saintes, a nearby archipelago. 

    Fly to Fort Lauderdale for a winter sun break in Florida 

    Known as “the Venice of America” thanks to its myriad canals, South Florida’s Fort Lauderdale offers everything you need for a winter beach break in the USA. Most of the top attractions – including Fort Lauderdale Beach,  the historic Bonnet House, the contemporary NSU Art Museum and the Museum of Discovery and Science, which kids will love, can be visited by water taxi. A US$28 ticket gives you unlimited rides on the regular service for a day. Meet some of Florida’s most famous residents – gators – on an airboat tour through Sawgrass Recreation Park and make sure to drop by Southport Raw Bar for oysters – the legendary restaurant shack is the city’s most popular oyster bar. (Photo by Lance Asper on Unsplash)

 

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Photo credits

Miami photo by abstrkt.ch licensed under CC BY 2.0
Gran Canaria photo by Lee Simpson licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Split photo by Connie licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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