Gorgeous Beaches: Summer Trip Inspiration

  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Saint-Tropez, France
  • Tortola, BVI
  • Malibu, CA
  • St. Martin
  • Bermuda
  • Kiawah Island, SC
  • Costa Rica
  • Mallorca, Spain
  • Sunset over Sarasota

    Sarasota, FL

    Notorious for its natural beauty, Sarasota is a hot spot for beach connoisseurs.  The whitest sand adorns this coastline and creates the perfect walkway for a sunset stroll.  In fact, the sand of Siesta Key is award-winning.  It was voted the whitest and finest in the world in The Great International Beach Challenge of 1987.  Not to mention, Siesta Key is a 2012 10Besties Winner in the Best Beaches category.

    Photo courtesy of joshstaiger

  • Seven Mile Beach

    Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is known for being a prime people-watching spot, and there are many ways to be seen.  Get some attention while playing beach volleyball or simply relax on the sand while you observe your surroundings.  Either way, you're sure to get some R & R; no vendors will bother you on this beach.

    Photo courtesy of neepster

  • The azure waters of Saint-Tropez are a nice backdrop for romance

    Saint-Tropez, France

    If the term "luxury beach" didn't exist before, it does now.  There is no other way to describe the posh beaches of Saint-Tropez.  Million-dollar yachts float just offshore, and the prices of beach rentals reflect the affluence of the area.  It's great if you have money to spend, but if you don't, lounging on the beach is always free.

    Photo courtesy of Joopey

  • Sugary sand awaits in Tortola

    Tortola, BVI

    Tortola has a plethora of white-sand beaches to satisfy any experience you desire.  If you seek a beach that has plenty of nearby amenities such as rentals and beach bars, Cane Garden Bay is the beach for you.  If you prefer a beach that's off the beaten path, traverse the rough roads that lead to Smuggler's Cove.  This beach has no lifeguard and no amenities, but the seclusion is worth the drive.

    Photo courtesy of denisema4

  • Point Dume in Malibu, a surfing hotspot

    Malibu, CA

    Malibu beaches are world-renowned for being associated with surfing, and for good reason.  However, Malibu has so much more to offer!  Point Dume is an ideal place for all sorts of activities including hiking, investigating tide pools, and watching for dolphins.  The fact that the beach remains relatively uncrowded is icing on the cake.

    Photo courtesy of Clinton Steeds

  • Orient Beach

    St. Martin

    Touted as the overall best beach in St. Martin or Sint Maarten (depending on which side of the island you're on), Orient Beach has a lot to offer.  On the far end of the French side, you'll find Club Orient, a naturalist resort.  That means this end of the beach is clothing optional.  If that's not your thing, stick to the other end of the beach where you can rent an umbrella and chairs and keep the tropical drinks coming.

    Photo courtesy of ckramer

  • Near Jobson's Cove in Bermuda


    Adjacent to Bermuda's Warwick Long Bay is the beautiful and private Jobson's Cove.  Pink sands and tranquil waters can be found here, so plan on a peaceful and private beach experience as the cove is shielded by rocks on all sides.  Consequently, only a small breeze graces this beach making it a great place for a picnic.

    Photo courtesy of katedubya

  • Kiawah is a great beach destination for families

    Kiawah Island, SC

    The beach at Kiawah Island is one of South Carolina's best-kept secrets.  Although the island itself is private, the beach at Beachwalker Park is open to the public.  This results in a quiet beach with very few people around.  Amenities abound making this a great place for families and kids.  You can even bring along the family pooch.

    Photo courtesy of cdale

  • A Puerto Viejo beach

    Costa Rica

    Popular for water activities, the stunning beaches that lie between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo in Costa Rica are a prime spot for people-watching.  As surfers take on the notoriously powerful waves, enjoy the show from your comfy spot on the sand.  

    Photo courtesy of Joi

  • Cala Mondrago Beach

    Mallorca, Spain

    Hailed as one of the best beaches in the area, Cala Mondrago in Mallorca lends itself to just about any beach experience you desire.  It's great for kids, but it's also tranquil and private.  Lounge on the soft sands, or take advantage of the paddle boat rentals.  Either way, it's a Spanish paradise.

    Photo courtesy of Random_fotos


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