With the arrival of 2018, many people will naturally begin to think about escaping to the sun later in the year. This is especially true if you live somewhere where the winter weather has been poor. The thought of leaving all that behind for some sun and sand is very appealing! Of course, it can sometimes be hard to think of new places to go or where the very best beaches are.
If you are looking for that perfect, relaxing beach holiday in 2018 let us help. We have rounded up ten of the most idyllic where lazing on a lounger with a cocktail is compulsory!

10 – Florida, USA

Florida

Florida

This is not somewhere you would automatically think of when choosing a beach holiday, but you should so! This region of America has some of the best beaches on the planet with white, pure sand and dazzling waters. There are many stunning yet isolated islands to stay at, so you can still get away from the crowds if you like. The weather is normally warm and the American welcome is as friendly as you will get anywhere else in the world.

09 – Cancun, Mexico

Cancun

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If you fancy somewhere more exotic, then why not try this lovely resort in Mexico? Cancun has long been a favourite destination for beach holiday lovers and it is easy to see why. The beaches here are pristine and not overly crowded. Lying on a lounger and soaking up the sun is so great that you will not want to leave. If you do want to move off the beach at anytime there are lots of things to see like ancient Mayan temples and tropical lagoons. One thing is for sure – you will not get bored when on holiday here!

08 – Aqaba, Jordan

Aqaba

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This is one that many people may not have heard of before but is a real gem. Situated close to the Red Sea, it will be newly opened in early 2018 for tourists. There are numerous beach clubs planned for visitors to enjoy a cocktail in and a new-look marina that you can watch the many yachts pass by from. Of course, the beaches are also fantastic and the sun is bound to be shining in that part of the world come summertime. If you want somewhere different to go to in 2018, this is the spot!

07 – Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast

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The Gold Coast is one of the premier destinations in Australia if you want some sun, sand and entertainment. It is also due to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018 which will see it become an even better place to visit. The beaches here are simply amazing, with long stretches of soft, golden sand to enjoy. Watersports are the order of the day too with surfing and windsurfing always popular with many. The many bars and restaurants also mean that, when the sun goes down, there are still plenty of ways to relax here.

06 – Seychelles, Indian Ocean

Seychelles

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One of the most enduringly popular places to visit if chilling on a beach for two weeks is your thing is the Seychelles. Nestled in the crystal-clear and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, it really is a place that will take your breath away. The sea is ideal for swimming in or snorkelling to see the many fantastic varieties of fish that dash around under the waves. Always a hot-spot for luxury sun-seekers, the weather is usually superb, and you should get a fabulous tan to show off when you get back home! If you fancy getting away from the pristine beaches on offer, there are lush mountains to explore also.

05 – Barbados, Caribbean

This sumptuous island is a perfect spot for anyone who enjoys beaches made from soft, golden sand to lie on and relax. The beautiful Caribbean scenery and turquoise waters make Barbados a place you must visit at least once in your life. The food here is every bit as good as the beaches – it is known as the culinary capital of the region for good reason. There can be nothing better than sampling the islands rum and jerk chicken while letting the Caribbean sun relax you fully. Grab a drink, grab a lounger and slow down to the chilled local pace of life here.

04 – Mauritius, Indian Ocean

Mauritius

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2018 promises to be a big year for this lovely island, as it marks 50 years of independence from UK rule. As such, there has never been a better time to go as the celebrations will be wild! With many live music gigs and performances scheduled, it will certainly not be dull. Of course, this island has a big reputation anyway with beach lovers. The tranquil surroundings, crystal-blue waters and fine sandy beaches make it one of the best beach holiday destinations on the planet. With friendly locals and superb food, this is one place you will love to wind down in.

03 – Cote D’Azur, France

Cote D Azur

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Probably one of the best holiday spots for beach lovers in Europe is the Cote D’Azur region of France. Whether it is glitzy Cannes or dazzling Monte Carlo you stay in, the long and golden beaches are a pleasure to lie on. You will love whiling away your days with a glass of Champagne, watching the beautiful people who inhabit the region pass by. Come night time there are many bars to visit or you could even try the casino at Monte Carlo if you feel lucky!

02 – Bahamas, Caribbean

Bahamas

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The Caribbean is such a brilliant place for beach lovers that we had to sneak another place in from there. The beautiful Bahama’s certainly deserve their place! This relaxed and serene island is one that beach lovers have been escaping to for years. The sandy beaches here give you a true taste of paradise and will definitely make you forget all about the winter months beforehand. The sea life is incredible here so be sure to pack your snorkel and see what you can spot.

01 – Maldives, Indian Ocean

Maldives

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Here we have yet another entrant from the Indian Ocean region. As with the others we have already looked at, this has the same calm and clear waters along with beaches to delight. The Maldive Islands are great if you want to really get away from it all and totally switch off from normal life. Lie back on a hammock or lounger with a good book and let the world drift by. The many wonderful species of fish and animal life are great to watch too – the many colourful bird species are a particular delight for many.

If you are thinking of treating yourself to a beach holiday in 2018, any of the above will amaze you. All offer the things that all good holidays of this type should have – golden beaches, warm waters, tasty food, fun cocktails and a chilled vibe. After two weeks unwinding at any of them, you will feel like a different person.

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