The Best Beaches

Think cool ocean breezes, azure water and fine white sand. Here are seven reasons to plan a beach vacation and escape the Desert summer.

Polihale Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

It’s hard to pick just one amazing beach in Hawaii, but Polihale Beach on Kauai’s west coast is perfect for those seeking a bit of isolation and calm.

South Beach, Miami

Known as much for its nightlife as it is for its white sands, South Beach is an easy weekend getaway for anyone living on the East Coast.weekend getaway for anyone living on the East Coast.

Monterosso Al Mare, Italy

Home to the Cinque Terre’s only sand beach, Monterosso al Mare is the spot to post up for a long day of sunbathing on the Italian Riviera.

Bells Beach, Australia

This sandy coast is home to the world’s longest-running surf competition, and showcases some of the biggest rip curls you’ll ever see. High cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop to the natural amphitheater of this gorgeous Australian oasis.

Praia Dona Ana, Portugal

Surrounded by cliffs, this small beach outside of Lagos is one of the most beautiful in Portugal’s Algarve region.

Tulum, Mexico

The ancient Mayan ruins overlooking the white sand beaches and bright blue waters of Tulum feel a world away from Cancun, which happens to be just a two hour drive north.

Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

There are too many beautiful white sand beaches in Seychelles to even count, but Source d’Argent on La Digue is known for being one of the best.