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Beaches and eco beach holidays

It is an unfortunate fact that the very act of jetting off to a secluded beach in the Seychelles may be the thing that ultimately contributes to its destruction through the effects off global warming and sea level changes. So how can you have a beach holiday and care for the environment?

The first idea is obviously to head for the coast near to home. Britain and Ireland do have some fantastic beaches, and as the summers warm up, they will become more and more sought after. The Good Beach Guide is a good place to start, with information on clean seas around the UK from the Marine Conservation Society, and Europa gives information on clean water beaches in Europe.

Beaches range from silver sands of the Iona in the Scottish Islands to secluded beaches in Ireland or rocky coves in Devon and Cornwall. There is the extraordinary pebble beach at Chesil, the freshwater water lagoon at Slapton Sands, surfing at Newquay or optional clothing in Brighton. In the towns, Britain has some of the finest historic piers in the world including the worlds longest at Southend.

If you are traveling further afield, you might consider getting involved in a marine or beach conservation project -perhaps protecting turtles in the egg-laying season or helping to clean up beaches.

Alternatively there are some fantastic eco-lodges on coastal situations -see the list below for beach front eco-lodges with a responsible tourism policy.

It goes without saying that the coastal environment is extremely fragile, so try not to disturb wildlife or remove any material from the beach.



UK & Europe -useful information on beaches
Eurobeaches -blue flag and seaside award winning beaches in Europe.
Good beach guide -information on clean seas and (where available) lifeguard cover, facilities, activities, parking and transport from the Marine Conservation Society.
Europa -bathing water quality around the EU.
 

Destinations:
 
Australia:
Thala Beach Lodge -located on a secluded beach at Port Douglas, the lodge has been awarded the highest level of Australian Eco Tourism accreditation. They works with elders of the idigenous KuKu ­ Yalanji community to take their guests through the journey of their culture.
 
Bali:
 
 
Costa Rica
Golfo Dulce Lodge -Swiss owned lodge Lodge three hundred yards from the beach that has been rated with 3 green leaves within the Costa Rican Certification of Sustainable Tourism -they work towards the protection of the local primary lowland rainforest.
 
Ecuador:
Finca Punta Ayampe -beach and surf ecolodge on the Pacific coast of Ecuador -they offer whale watching, trips to the Machalilla National Park and a solitary white-sand beach.
 
Ghana
Green Turtle Lodge -a traditionally-styled guesthouse, constructed of local materials, situated on a stunning, palm-lined beach in the tropical western region of Ghana. The lodge is powered by solar energy, has self-composting toilets and re-cycles shower water to feed plants.
 
India: Goa Beach
Goa Beaches -a guide to the beaches of Goa.
 
India: Andeman and Nicobar Islands
Silversand -swaying palms, clear blue sky and the gurgle of the sea, in the heart of Havelock Island.
 
Mexico
Amansala, Tulum -http://www.amansala.com
Calls itself an eco chic resort offering six night bikini boot camps limited to 25 men and women. The aim is to get in shape -healthy diet and exercise in a beautiful setting. Beachfront accomodation is simple, but elegant, with rooms made from stone and wood, under thatched palapa roofs, in a village-like atmosphere. They offer a natural lifestyle, sleeping in a beach cabaña, eating fresh grilled fish, and drinking fresh fruit juices.
 
Mozambique
Guludo Beach Lodge, Pemba - http://www.guludo.com
Beautiful rustic hideaway and fair trade lodge on the beach paradise of Pemba. Their philosophy is based around giving back to the local community, with a strong emphasis on supporting women. The lodge offers guests the chance to relax on beautiful white beaches lapped by aquamarine sea, observe humback whales in their natural environment, canoeing or enjoy world class scuba diving. The lodge can also organise local homestays and cultural trips or onward travel in Mozambique. They also take their protection of Pemba's environment very seriously using solar panels, water reharvesting, recycling and local education programs as part of this commitment.
 
Nicaragua
Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge, Playa Coactal -http://www.morgansrock.com
Luxury natural haven offering beautiful beaches, tropical wildlife and a project of nature conservation, community development and reforestation as well as using extensive recycling of materials in its construction.
 
Mexico
Eco Paraiso Xixim http://ecoparaiso.com
Small hotel designed and constructed with care to meet ecological standards, Situated directly on a pristine natural beach, embedded in a vast plantation of malayan dwarf coconut palm trees at Celestun in the Yucatan Peninsula.
 
Samoa
Virgin Cove Resort, Upolo - http://www.virgincoveresort.ws
Virgin Cove Resort is hidden away at the most beautiful natural beach area behind the deep forest of Saanapu village on the south coast of Upolu island. It could be termed a hostel, a lodge or a resort with differing prices to suit every budget. The owners are very knowledgeable about the area and offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in local culture, through cookery classes, craftwork and homestays. The diving and snorkeling is also excellent. The accommodation is all sustainably built, solar powered and the water reharvested.
 
Seychelles:
aspureasitgets.com -the official destination website for the Seychelles.
 
Sri Lanka
Alankuda Beach -http://www.alankuda.com
An eclectic beach resort, run by the founders of Ulpotha Retreat, covering two kilometers of pristine beach three hours north of Colombo. It offers dolphin and whale watching, snorkelling, sea kayaking and kitesurfing, with accommodation in open style wattle and daub cabañas.
 
Palagama Beach -http://www.palagamabeach.com
Nestled on the ancient Kalpitiya peninsula, the owners have created something original -be a part of nature and live a unique, tranquil village experience.They offer charming villas or luxurious cabanas, each with its own look and distinctive ambiance, along with a variety of experiences from kite surfing to dolphin watching to leopard safaris.
 
Tahiti: Bora Bora
Tahiti Tourism -
 
Tanzania:
Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania -http://www.chumbeisland.com
Explore the Chumbe Island Nature Reserve with their park rangers or snorkel in the pristine shallow water Reef Sanctuary. Further afield you can scuba dive Alternatively relax in one of their eco-bungalows watching dhows and outrigger boats go by. They have their own complete eco-system -rainwater is collected from the roofs and heated by solar power for the showers; used water is filter through plant beds to avoid contaminating the environment and toilets are of the composting type, along with many other features forming part of their eco operation to protect the local environment. Picture copyright Craig Zendel.
Fumba Beach Lodge -http://www.fumbabeachlodge.com
Wilderness accommodation on the pristine Fumba beach in the Menai Bay Conservation Area in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Activities include scuba diving and snorkelling over a pristine coral reef.
 
Venezuela:
De la Costa Eco Lodge - http://www.ecovenezuela.com
Henri Pittier National Park
An absolutely beautiful location on Venezuela's Caribbean coastline, showcasing azure waters and swathes of marine life. Loads of marine related activities in Venezuela's oldest national park. All the buildings have energy and water saving features and have been designed to maximise the habitat space for wildlife.
 

If you are interested in Scuba Diving, then see our page on sub aqua holidays.

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