Hit the beach! TEFL destinations for beach lovers.

TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) is a great way to travel, live and earn abroad. However, the lure of this experience lies not only in the fulfilling and rewarding act of helping children to learn English, but also in the living part – experiencing all that is on offer from the very heart of a country.

One reason many TEFL teachers go abroad is for the exotic lifestyle: kicking back with a beer after work on a beautiful, white sandy beach. The great thing about TEFL is that this dream can become a reality in locations all over the world. This is a quick rundown some countries offering beaches to die for…


On the top of so many travel lists is ‘The land of smiles’ - Thailand. Some beaches are secluded and away from any trace of human impact and some are packed full of people who have been party for days. One that many enjoy is Maya Bay, next to Koh Phi Phi Ley – it’s a stunning beach, only accessible by boat, nestled between the water and the surrounding cliffs. But of course, it’s impossible to pin-point one beach as the best or most beautiful – Thailand has thousands that fit the ‘beaches to die for’ criteria, each with their own charm and appeal.

Dominican Republic

Close to paradise, the Dominican Republic has so much to offer beach lovers. With over 200 miles of sand, you can easily find your own secluded spot to chill out. Or, you could find a beach-side bar and drink a cocktail or two on your day off. Playa Grande is a beach worth a special mention here: considered one of the best beaches in the world, it’s definitely worth a visit. Guaranteed, wherever your TEFL job takes you in the Dominican Republic, there will be a beach to die for close by.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has almost 300 different beaches along its Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. This could be all yours to explore on days off school. White sands and black sands and mixtures of soft or rocky, lava-born beaches make for an interesting sunbathing experience. Some are ideal for swimming, paddling and snorkelling; some are better suited to the more adventurous with lots of opportunities to surf. The entire Nicoya Peninsula is particularly worth mentioning, as is Drake Bay and the laid back afro-caribbean village of Cahuita.


You’ll certainly never be bored of life in Mexico. When not in the classroom, there are countless beaches for you to visit and enjoy.You could go diving in Arrecife Palancar, party on the beaches of Cancun, or spend the day soaking up the sun on Isla Mujeres. México has so much to offer, and by working as a TEFL teacher there, you can fund your travels and discover hidden spots that as a regular tourist, you might miss.

These are just a few of the many TEFL locations with incredible seaside views. If life by the beach appeals to you, then TEFL teaching could be the perfect travelling experience. Earning and living whilst loving life abroad could become a reality in no time at all. For more information on TEFL courses and TEFL destinations, visit: http://teflengland.co.uk/ ; http://teflscotland.co.uk/ ; http://onlineteflcourses.com/