Travel: Best Beach Holidays:the Finest Coastal Destinations To Visit: Florida & Italy

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The Florida Gulf Coast Islands of Sarasota and Bradenton

For Sun, Sea and Shopping

With it’s golden sandy beaches, great hotels, restaurants and bars. Relaxing evenings out as well as lots to keep you busy during the day. The Florida gulf coast is a great beach holiday.

Shop at The Prime Outlets Ellenton mall with its array of designer shops and amazing discounts on labels.

Get pampered at Acqua Spa who provide a selection of treatments. There’s also a salon and you can hire bikes to ride along the seafront.

For tropical plants, head to The Marie Selby Botanical gardens, where you have stunning views of Sarasota bay. There are more 20,000 greenhouse and outdoor flowers and shrubs.

There are guides to make the trip more informative and for children there’s a rainforest play area.

For great, tasty, affordable food try the beachside location of The Sandbar restaurant on Anna Maria Island. There’s the sunset competition and excellent live music.

On Siesta Beach try the Siesta Key oyster par and indulge in some deep – fried alligator.

Skinny’s Place is a great burger joint serving burgers and chips.

For Accommodation try The Tortuga Inn Beach Resort at Bradenton Beach, it provides one-and two-bedroom units, studios and hotel rooms. There’s a private beach, boats and outdoor and indoor pools.

Amalfi Coast, Italy : The Ideal destination for glamour seekers

South of the Bay Of Naples is a stunning stretch of the Italian coast with lovely resorts. A truly glamorous location for travellers.

Amalfi is set neatly into the hills. It boasts spectacular views, a beach and a harbour with ferries going to Capri, Sorrento or Positano.

Amalfi’s lively main street is lined with shops and cafes and the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

Ravello, a short drive from Amalfi is where Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall stayed and the restaurants and bars all have signed photos of them along the walls.

Ravello’s two lovely gardens were both restored by wealthy British men Villa Rufolo, stages classical concerts throughout the year, while Villa Cimbrone is a luxury hotel with grounds open to all.

Amalfi coast is famous for brightly coloured ceramics, plenty of shops all around to choose the best ones. As well as the famous lemon-flavoured liqueur Limoncello.

For easy get around – Do not take a car! The roads can get very busy so walk or take a boat.

For delicious cakes and coffee try the Pasticceria Pansa Andrea next to Amalfi’s Cathedral.

For restaurant dining and fantastic seafood, try Lido Azzuro located on the seafront. For home-cooked pasta and seafood try Cumpa Cosimo in Ravello.

For a great stay, head to The family – run Hotel Miramalfi which sits above Amalfi and has stunning views of the town and sea. From here, it’s a short walk into town.

Rooms are spacious and comfortable with added large balconies. The staff are friendly and there’s a lovely dining room. The pool is carved out of rocks and overlooks the sea.

Visit The Villa Maria which has amazing views from its gardens and outdoor restaurant. This hotel has been with the same family for decades so the elegant décor is original. They grow their own fruit and veg on the terraces.

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