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Whether you’re looking for hidden coves, miles of golden sands or water sports galore, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the top 5 beach holidays in Europe and the USA.

Porthminster beach, Cornwall, England

Porthminster beach

If you thought that amazing beach holidays didn’t exist in England, think again! Cornwall boasts hundreds of sandy beaches, vibrant seaside resorts and historical attractions that draw visitors from all over the world.

Porthminster beach in St. Ives is one of the best and offers beautiful views across to Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s famous novel ‘To the Lighthouse.’ With the benefit of the mildest climate in England, swaying palm trees and translucent waters, this little piece of English paradise is well worth a visit!

The award-winning Porthminster Beach Café serves up one of the most memorable dining experiences in Cornwall, showcasing the freshest seafood, garden-grown produce and foraged coastal ingredients.

If you’re planning to spend the day in St. Ives, the old fishing port and the cobbled streets that surround it are home to internationally-acclaimed galleries, including the St. Ives branch of the Tate Gallery, independent shops and a mini 18-hole golf course.

CLC Trenython Manor is just over a 1-hour drive from St. Ives.

Myrtos beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Myrtos beach

Without doubt, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands, Kefalonia is the perfect destination for beach lovers who want to soak up the sun in wild and natural surroundings.

Myrtos beach is one of the best beaches in the world and is situated on the north-western coast of the island, backed by steep cliffs, clad with pine trees and wild flora. A winding road down to the beach leads to dazzling white pebbles and deep turquoise waters. Visit just before dusk to experience some mind-blowing sunsets.

Why not spend half a day at the beach, combined with some sightseeing? The small village of Agia Efimia is just 9km away from Myrtos and offers a great choice of things to see and do. This quaint and traditional fishing village offers a choice of family-run tavernas, bars and shops, centred around a small harbour, and is a perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon.

You can even hire your own boat from the harbour and explore secluded beaches and hidden coves that are not accessible by road.

Cala Goloritzé, Ogliastra, Sardinia

Cala Goloritzé

Located in the town of Baunei, Cala Goloritzé beach is one of the most scenic in the world and was created by a landslide in 1962.

Famous for its high pinnacle, Monte Caroddi, towering 143 metres above the beach, Goloritzé can be reached by boat from Arbatax and Santa Maria Navarrese port or by a path from the Gulf that reaches the coast – approximately a 90-minute walk. The rocky coastline overlooks the turquoise sea from dizzying heights and a beautiful natural arch looms out of the water.

To protect the white pebble beach and maintain its exclusivity, motor boats are forbidden to moor within 300m of the shore and visitors must swim or row in.

Imposing cliffs, covered with Mediterranean flora and fauna that perfume the air, form a backdrop to the beach and reach a height of 500m. Located in the Gulf of Orosei, this natural monument has been protected since 1995 and is permanently ranked by TripAdvisor users in the top ten most beautiful beaches in Italy.

Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, Florida

Cocoa Beach

Orlando’s closest beach, situated just 65 miles from CLC Regal Oaks, on Florida’s Space Coast, Cocoa Beach is known for its surfing culture and its lush golden sands. The beach is home to the world’s largest surf shop, the Ron Jon Surf Shop at 52,000 square feet.

Open 24 hours a day, the store features everything under the sun, from T-shirts and seashells to beach bikes, paddleboards and surfboards, but there is much more to Cocoa beach than surfing.

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

The world-famous Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is a historic landmark on Florida’s Space Coast and stretches 800ft over the Atlantic Ocean. This amazing family attraction offers live entertainment, bars, restaurants, gift shops and great fishing trips. The Lori Wilson Park is the perfect place for a beachside picnic or family fun with a playground, barbecue grills, volleyball courts and a wide choice of boardwalk dune walks. Ideal for a relaxing time by the sea, or a dip in the Atlantic, the Lori Wilson Park offers a wealth of things to see and do in a safe environment with lifeguards.

CLC World Resorts & Hotels offer a choice of USA resorts within easy reach of Cocoa Beach.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach

This legendary beach in Horry County is made up of a long stretch of soft sand and a scenic seafront promenade with breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Offering a wide choice of live entertainment in beachside bars and restaurants, this 60-mile stretch of beach, known as the ‘Grand Strand’ offers a wealth of things to see and do for all the family. Water sports and boat trips are available along the whole stretch of beach and include; pontoon boat rentals, jet skis, dolphin tours and much more.

If you want to escape the bustling beach, along the far-reaching stretch of the Grand Strand coastline, you will find Myrtle Beach State Park. This surprisingly quiet and green park offers a nature trail and some of the best surf fishing in South Carolina.

Another great family attraction is the Myrtle Waves Water Park which boasts 20 acres of curves, waves, tubes chutes and slides. Bubble Bay with its 7,000ft2 leisure pool is a great place for smaller kids to play and if want to refuel, the Island Café, Sharkey’s Snack Shack and the Beer Garden offer a choice of food and drinks.

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