Everyone enjoys spending some time basking in glorious sunshine while lying on a beach, but new research reveals exactly why we love it so much.
According to recent studies, there is a genuine link between time spent by the sea and the health benefits that can be garnered from this activity.
Walking across a beach is said to spark more of an emotional trigger than walking in a park.
A two-year study of almost 3,000 people from the ages of eight to 80 found that all outdoor locations were associated with positive feelings, calmness refreshment and enjoyment. Beaches and coastal visits, however, are the best for improving your mood, while urban parks are the worst for this.
If you fancy sending your spirits soaring, here are a few of the world’s best beaches.
1.Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago has an endless procession of white sandy beaches with tropical coconut palm trees and sky blue waters to match.
Pigeon Point is one of the most popular beaches, and with good reason. Situated in southern Tobago with access to nearby resorts, the surprisingly secluded beach is ideal for everyone from young children to elderly couples.
Boasting the longest Caribbean coast of any country, Venezuela has so much to offer beach lovers. The crystal-clear waters and white sands make it a picture-perfect destination. Despite being relatively tourist-free, Lower Francisqui Beach is often considered one of the world’s finest.
The spectacular Lovers Beach is set against a Jurassic backdrop of rock formations on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. This Mexican beach, near Cabo San Lucas, is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.
Once a popular spot for pirates, the dramatic landscape is now popular with photographers and holidaymakers. The isolated cove beach is only accessible by water taxi.