Five of the Best Off-the-Beaten-Track Beaches To Cruise To

March 24, 2016

At we understand that it can be hard to drag yourself off your ocean-going home from home when it’s time to dock.

You have sunshine, a 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

Mykonos has some of the best beaches in the whole of Greece (and anyone who’s ever done the package holiday thing in the Greek islands will know that’s really saying something). When your Mediterranean cruise docks in Mykonos, an unforgettable day of sand, sea and sights awaits.

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.

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’!

Mykonos hidden beach


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 (obvious answer, no!) 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 (and if you do, please don’t expect any sympathy from us!), the west coast of St Lucia’s dark sand and jungle backdrop provides a strikingly different Caribbean experience off the well-trodden tourist track.

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.

off the beaten track beaches


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 but don’t forget that Honkers is far more than a hectic concrete jungle – it provides ample opportunity to bask on the beach, recharging 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.

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!

beach off the beaten track


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.

Perhaps inevitably for a place as breathtakingly beautiful as this fjord-like inlet, glamour is steadily creeping in, in the form of Russian yachts and 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.

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

off the beaten track beach


5 – Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

With the 2016 Olympics coming up soon, Rio is simply the place to be visiting!

Whether you want to sing a Barry Manilow song on Copacabana beach or hum ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, you can’t go wrong on Rio’s beaches for the trendy hustle and bustle of a South American holiday.

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!

off the beaten track beach


Like tea and biscuits or fish and chips, cruises and beaches go together perfectly.

When you’re booking your next voyage at sea why not mix things up a bit?

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? Would you like to?

Let us know in the comments below!