Teach Then Hit the Beach: Amazing Coastal Places to TEFL

Guest written by Jennifer

Ready to TEFL on the beach? Teaching English abroad is not only a viable way to earn money, you can also do it while visiting some of the most picturesque coastal destinations in the world! There’s a demand for TEFL teachers on almost every continent. So, if you’re interested in TEFL jobs abroad, and you definitely want to be close to the coast, here are some of the nicest places you can TEFL on the beach:

Chetumal – Mexico

Sunset at Chetumal, Mexico

When it comes to TEFL on the beach, few cities around the world can compare to Chetumal. The city is home to a natural sanctuary for manatees, turtles, and crocodiles, as well as several extant Mayan ruins to the west – amazing! While heavily urbanized, many traditional houses and structures are still well-maintained throughout Chetumal. It’s also the capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, where Mexico News Daily says “you’ll find the cleanest beaches in the country”. The perfect place to be able to teach English and then relax on the beach after your classes.

Vũng Tàu – Vietnam

View from plane of Vũng Tàu, Vietnam

About 2 hours away from the Vietnamese capital of Ho Chi Minh lies Vũng Tàu, a coastal city near the southern tip of Vietnam. Many of the beaches in Vung Tau face the West Philippine Sea, making it a well-known destination for watersports like surfing and kite-surfing. Front Beach is the most popular among tourists looking for seafood restaurants by the water, while Paradise Beach, Back Beach, and Pineapple Beach are more suited to swimming and other water sports. Vũng Tàu’s photogenic lighthouse along with several extant colonial structures are beautiful reminders of the historical French occupation in the area. As it’s much less famous than nearby Ho Chi Minh, Vũng Tàu presents many opportunities for TEFL jobs while retaining the authentic atmosphere of a quiet beach town. Perfect if you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy your time off!

Cebu – Philippines

Cebu, Philippines

While the metropolis of Cebu itself only has a few beaches within the city boundaries, its location in the heart of the Visayan islands means that it’s surrounded on all sides by some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. And while most Cebuanos are well-versed in English, you’ll find lots of people from the neighbouring provinces looking for English teachers here. Perfect if you want to TEFL on the beach in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Bari – Italy

Bari, Italy

Although the port city of Bari isn’t the most well-known Italian destination, very few European coastal destinations can compare to this old port. Bari is the capital city of Italy’s “heel”, the Puglia region, which is home to intimate rocky coves, sandy golden beaches, and gorgeous cliff sides from the southern tip of Salento to the northern Gargano peninsula. In the city of Bari itself you’ll find the traditional maze-like town of Bari Vecchia, the 11th century Basilica de San Nicola, and stately 19th century architecture in the Murat quarter to the south. A rare and beautiful combination of intact cultural heritage, great food, and amazing beaches. And this combo makes it a fantastic coastal location to teach English as a foreign language.


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Happy TEFL-ing!

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