10 Best Gap Year Destinations For Beach Lovers

10 Best Gap Year Destinations For Beach Lovers

If you want to take a break, relax, and immerse yourself in some of the most beautiful destinations on the planet there are so many places you could visit.

Once you're enrolled into university or a full time job, your chances of taking long breaks are next to nothing. That’s why you must take a well-deserved gap year.

A gap year where you can enjoy life before it becomes too real will be a welcome opportunity. You may want to try new experiences, tick off a box on your bucket list, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, or enjoy being young while frolicking in a beautiful beach destination would be nice.

If you want to visit exotic beach destinations during your gap year, here are a few suggestions for you:

 

1. The Beautiful Tropical Islands of Fiji

Beach resort

Fiji is a group of islands located in the South Pacific Ocean north of Auckland, New Zealand.

Many travelers return to Fiji to experience the clear, turquoise water and the incredible vista of palm trees amidst the luxurious sunset and the reefs teeming with exotic fishes. The tiny country's more than 300 islands provide a vast selection of private beaches with dazzling white sand and water so clear you'll feel like you're in a fantasy.  

Fiji also became famous worldwide as it was the location of the Hollywood movie Cast Away with Tom Hanks in the lead role. If you wish to visit all the islands of Fiji, get a package and experience all the adventures you can have in this beautiful tropical location.

 

2. Mancora, Peru

It’s not entirely popular yet, but this charming little destination is soon to be the next top beach destination in the world. Located on the northwestern tip of Peru, this small town with a strip of sandy beaches is famous for its surfing and ceviche.

The laid-back, feel-good vibes of this tropical wonder will allow you to have the best R and R of your gap year. You can have a quiet day sunbathing with an unlimited refreshing supply of fresh coconuts.

Bring several books as you can experience being off the grid and finish a few novels you've promised to read since forever.

 

3. Boracay, Philippines

Beach

This beautiful tiny island in the central Philippines is one of Time Magazine's extraordinary destinations to explore. Its pristine beaches, powdery white sand, crystal-clear waters, and Filipinos' warm, sunny hospitality will make your visit extra special.

The tropical destination is a perfect getaway for somebody taking a gap break as it has everything you may need—water activities, island hopping, gastronomic exploration, and the breathtaking sunset that’ll leave you in awe.

 

4. Thailand

Phi Phi beach

Do you want to experience some of the most beautiful regions of Southeast Asia?

Book a flight to Thailand and visit Phuket which is known for its nightlife, great food, and sunny year-round. And don't forget the fun little shops and the sweetest tropical fruits you can have.  

Tourists can also have a fun guided tour and visit Koh Phi Phi, the location of the movie The Beach, starring the gorgeous Leonardo Di Caprio. This jewel of Phuket is a secluded island beach with towering limestone cliffs.

Scuba diving with instructors is also a must-do activity, so while on your gap break, you might be able to acquire a diving certificate. 

 

5. Maldives 

Maldives

The Maldives is an independent island south of Asia, southwest of India and Sri Lanka.

It comprises about 1,200 small coral islands and sandbanks, about less than 20% of which are uninhabited. The beaches of Maldives became famous because of the picture-perfect overwater bungalows amidst clear azure-colored lagoons. 

The Maldives, for many, is a fantasy. It's a dream destination that’ll make you feel like you're in a different universe. The sandbars stretch as far as the eyes can see. With unparalleled privacy, you can enjoy your gap break and reward yourself for finishing high school with flying colors and getting accepted into your chosen university.

 

6. Amanpulo, Philippines

Amanpulo is a private island located in Palawan, Philippines. Treat yourself and enjoy your stay in a villa with your own butler and private chef. It's luxury redefined. And once you're there, you can treat the island as your home.

Have a quiet dinner by the beach, walk the shoreline, and play beach volleyball anytime you like. This dreamy island is your best choice if you're after elegant relaxation.

Also this might sound expensive, but it really isn't.

 

7. Australia

Whitsunday Islands, Australia

If you are planning a round the world trip the chances are you have thought about spending some time on your gap year in Australia. With world class cities like Sydney and Melbourne to beautiful beaches and islands, it is easy to see the appeal.

Head up the east coast to Queensland to discover some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet including the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands.

 

8. Brazil

Brazil beach

If you are keen to take a gap year in South America then you have to visit Brazil. 

Brazil is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the world, think beaches, islands, jungle, waterfalls and so much more. 

Rio de Janeiro is a world famous city and the beaches here are iconic including Copacobana and Ipanema. Travel up or down the coast and you can find so many gems including in Bahia, Santos and north east.

 

9. Mexico

Cancun beach

Does this photo make you want to book a flight to Mexico? Well, its certainly giving us itchy feet! Mexico has some of the most beautiful beaches on the Americas and popular destinations to visit include Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen. These locations attract millions of tourists every year and it is easy to see why!

 

10. Spain

Fuerteventura beach

If you fancy a beach break in Europe you can't go wrong with taking a gap year in Spain. This country has one of the best climates in Europe and there are so many beaches you can visit on the mainland and islands. Top recommendations include Ibiza, Mallorca and Tenerife.

 

Hopefully our guide to exotic beach destinations has given you some ideas for where to go if you are seeking beautiful destinations for your break away. There really are hundreds of places you could visit, now go explore for yourself and find your dream location.