Say the word “vacation.” If you’re picturing a beach, you’re not alone. Nothing says escape like white sands, gently lapping surf, the sound of a gentle breeze through palm trees—these aren’t just the makings of a Corona commercial. Whether you like to surf or snorkel, nap in a cabana or dance till dawn, we all love to indulge in beach fantasies.
What’s yours? Is it of lazing on the deck of a designer yacht along the French Riviera
, or diving down low to discover coral reefs in Cozumel
? Riding the waves of Orange County
or the soft swing of a Caribbean
hammock? How about building sand castles and eating saltwater taffy in Cape Cod
? Maybe you’re more of a fish taco and fresh coconut kind of person. You might like your sands populated by sea turtles, or bronzed bikini-clad beauties. Maybe your dream beach is back-dropped by tropical rainforests, or maybe it’s a stone’s throw from the luxury pampering and big-city amenities of the Big Island
. Or maybe, after a hard day of sun-soaking, you want to wash the sand off, rub in some aloe and hit the infamous clubs of Rio de Janiero
Whatever makes up your personal beach paradise, we’re pretty sure you can find it in our list of the world’s top beach destinations. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
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Hawaii's Multicolored Beaches
Unique Big Island Beaches
Cape Cod Summer Vacation
A week "down the cape" for your summer vacation.
The reefs are the only reason you really need.
Island time for a week
You've been anxiously awaiting this moment, it's time to relax and have some fun!
The Eastern Beaches daytrip.
Walk from Bondi to Coogee.
Top 10 On The Water Sports
Summertime means some of THE best fishing, diving, snorkeling and just plain fun on the water.
Soaking up some rays at Rio's sun and surf hotspots
Beach Vacation in Phuket
Make the most of one of the world's best beach destinations.
It's an Orange Adventure
From the Sea to the Desert, with plenty of stops along the way.
Beach Vacation in Nice
Lounge your stay away on the white sands of the Mediterranean.
The Liquid Side of Cape Town
Explore Cape Town's ocean offerings