Book your tix. Hop on Kayak.com. Cash in some miles. Are you a beach person? You have to see these beaches, stat.
1. Lanikai Beach on Oahu
I lived in Kailua and on O’ahu for 2 years and fell in love. Lanikai is powdery sugar white sand that seeps between your toes and sneaks inside the crevices of your ears. Due to the reef, the water is protected and the waves stay super small, resulting in the perfect turquoise waters for swimming or SUP-ing. Kalapawai market is just up the street for a sammy, chips, and Kona beers, stop on your way. If you’re in for something more adventurous, you can rent a kayak to paddle out to the Moks – the two iconic islands off the shore of Lanikai.
2. Algarve Coast in Portugal
The Algarve Coast is a water lover’s dream – with kayaking, cliff diving, beaching, caves galore, with fresh caught fish and vinho verde overlooking the sun’s annual dip into the sea when you’re done for the day.
3. Santa Teresa in Costa Rica
This picture was actually taken on the ferry to/from the Nicoya peninsula to Santa Teresa. Go. It’s a charming ex pat community with great surfing, tasty tacos, and hip boho vibe. At magic hour, you’ll find the children playing futbol and the whole town gathered on the beach for a beer and a sunset, nature’s drive-in movie theatre.
4. Padang Padang Beach on Bali
The color of the water. The protected swimming and soft sand. The colorful tents where you can buy hot food or gather shade from the sun. A secret nook so nice they named it twice.
5. Anse de Colombier on St. Barth
You hike a charming pathway through green vines and clouds of white butterflies to get to this secluded beach. Rocky bathing pools, dreamy ships, and views all the way to the green flash.
6. Cinque Terre in Italy
Idyllic villages perched on lemon clad cliffs. Bejeweled paint colors, cubic architecture clustered around quaint Italian swimming coves. Eat pesto pizza, drink local wine, travel between the towns by trail or train. Book your ticket soon because Cinque Terre is going to start setting traveler quotas to keep the crowds at bay.