At www.CRUISE.co.uk we understand that it can be hard to drag yourself off your ocean-going home from home once you’ve arrived in port.

You have undeniable sunshine, a dreamy place to read your book and a bar just round the corner… But no matter how tempting that on-board sun lounge or afternoon tea looks, make sure you don’t miss out on these world-class, off the beaten track, beaches on your ocean adventures!

 

 1– Lia Beach, Mykonos

It is seriously worth knowing that Mykonos has some of the best beaches in the whole of Greece (you won’t have to do any island hopping to find this out yourself now either!) When your Mediterranean cruise docks in Mykonos, an unforgettable day of sand, sea and sights awaits.

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Many cruise lines now dock at Mykonos and if you get some time to yourself on your trip, you could do far worse than head to the aptly named Paradise or Super Paradise beaches.

You’ll have to take a taxi to get to the beach anyway, so it’s worth going a little further afield to the quieter and even more beautiful Lia Beach. It boasts a taverna, a beach bar and the chance to snorkel in the azure Aegean sea.

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The journey itself is a joy as you pass through the countryside and the traditional village of Ano Mera and best of all, when you get back on-board you can boast to your dinner companions who headed straight for Mykonos Town about seeing the ‘real Mykonos’…

 

2– Anse Cochon, St Lucia 

On a Caribbean cruise there’s ample opportunity to spend lazy days stretched out on fine powder-like sand as you gaze out to the turquoise sea with nothing more on your mind than whether it’s too early for a rum punch (click here for dreamy deals guaranteeing you this!)

But when you dock in St Lucia for the first time, you might be surprised at the sight of this hilly, green, volcanic island, dominated by the lush rainforest that makes it a wildly beautiful paradise rather than a neat and tidy manicured one.

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But when you dock in St Lucia for the first time, you might be surprised at the sight of this hilly, green, volcanic island, dominated by the lush rainforest that makes it a wildly beautiful paradise rather than a neat and tidy manicured one.

That said, St Lucia has its fair share of typically gorgeous Caribbean beaches but if you feel you need a change from white sand and blues seas, the west coast of St Lucia’s dark sand and jungle backdrop provides a strikingly different Caribbean experience off the well-trodden tourist track.

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The best way to get to Anse Cochon is to board one of the boat trips available on the island and don’t worry- it’s not a complete wilderness– in fact you can rent beds and loungers and eat at the beach bar of the lovely Ti Kaye hotel!

 

3– Stanley Beach, Hong Kong

If you opt for an unforgettable Pacific adventure you’re probably planning to shop til you drop, dine on dim sum and sip a cocktail or two at the top of a gravity-defying skyscraper when you stop over in Hong Kong.

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But don’t forget that Honkers is far more than a hectic concrete jungle– it gives you the chance to bask on the beach and recharge your batteries after a long shopping session.

Head to Stanley Beach in Stanley Village to mingle with the tourists, expats and locals who delight in its great beaches and upscale bars and restaurants.

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Those in the know give the tourist trap Stanley Market a miss but make sure you escape the Hong Kong humidity with a dip in the sea. Don’t worry, there are plenty of shark nets so there’s no chance of ending up as dinner for jaws!

 

4– Przno Beach, Montenegro

Kotor Bay in Montenegro is a beautiful contrast to the famous, crowded beaches on the French Riviera and the Amalfi Coast, if that sounds good to you.

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Maybe it’s inevitable for a place as breathtakingly beautiful as this fjord-like inlet for glamour to steadily creep in. It comes in the form of Russian yachts,sophisticated restaurants and beach clubs!

For a taste of real local beach life, Montenegro style, make the half hour journey to the simpler setting of Przno Beach in the town of Budva to enjoy sand, sea and superb sunsets with a beautiful Mediterranean village-style backdrop.

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It’ll be worth it and you’ll soon realise why Budva was a favourite holiday destination of those star-crossed lovers, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton!

 

5– Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

With the 2016 Olympics coming up soon, Rio is simply the place to be visiting! You just can’t go wrong on Rio’s beaches for the trendy hustle and bustle of a South American holiday.

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Ipanema Beach offers a typical Brazilian vibe with football games, jugs of mango juice and entertaining people-watching. Its also just next to some artisanal markets which easily while away a few hours!

 

Like tea and biscuits or fish and chips, cruises and beaches go together perfectly so when you’re booking your next voyage at sea, why not do the unexpected?

Skip over the nearest port beach and go off the beaten track to pick up extra traveller points, Facebook worthy photos and bragging rights at the dinner table.

 

Have you ever been to any of these beaches? Do you like to stray off the beaten track or stick to tourist gems? Let us know in the comments below!

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