Sand in your Toes: Beautiful Beaches

  • View of Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach

    Hawaii's Waikiki Beach Packs "Wow" Factor

    You've talked about Hawaii. You've dreamed about Hawaii. Maybe this should be the year you make the fantasy a reality. Waikiki is only of many jaw-dropping Hawaiian beaches: no matter which you pick you can't go wrong. Set your sights on the Pacific and see if you start dreaming about surfboards and pineapples.

    Photo courtesy of Kimubert

  • Cottlesloe Beach draws Beachgoers to Perth

    Perth, Australia: Southern Hemisphere Summer

    Perth, Australia has summer at year's end, making it an ideal destination for northern hemisphere dwellers who've tired of boots and mittens. Perth's popular Cottlesloe Beach - with its beautiful white sand - is a magnet for swimmers and sun worshippers; its south end also has great snorkeling. Day's end brings spectacular sunsets.

    Photo courtesy of paulhami

  • South Padre is one of Texas' popular beach destinations

    South Padre Island, along Texas' Tranquil Gulf Coast

    Texas' Gulf beaches like South Padre Island are easy to reach, affordable to enjoy and offer families, couples and friends a fun and relaxing place to unwind. Located on Luguna Madre Bay and the Gulf, South Padre enjoys warm waters year-round.

    Photo courtesy of TravelingFoolsOfAmerica

  • Abacos, Bahamas short flight from Fort Lauderdale or Miami

    Hopetown, Abacos Loaded with Quirky Charm, History

    The Abacos are a popular beach destination within the balmy Bahamas and historic Hopetown makes a charming home base.  Crystalline Caribbean waters allow beach- and boatgoers to see conch shells lying on the sea bottom.  Order a rumrunner and see just how great life can be, in the Bahamas.

    Photo courtesy of cgallant

  • Friendly Belize in Central America Makes Unique Beach Getaway

    Lovely Ambergris Key near Belize in the Gulf of Mexico

    Tropical, sunny, Ambergris Key is the reason that flights to Belize are often full in winter.   One of Central America's most popular island beaches, Ambergris Key is the largest island in Belize, but San Pedro is its only town.  Just off Ambergris is the Belize Coral Reef System - the world's second largest - so snorkeling and scuba are huge here. 

    Photo courtesy of Deanna Keahey

  • Casey Key is south of Sarasota, Florida, near Tampa, Punta Gorda and Fort Myers airports

    Little-Known Casey Key Offers Seclusion within Short Drive of Major Airports

    Casey Key is one of Florida's under-the-radar beaches, relatively unknown except by locals. Located south of Sarasota, it's almost entirely comprised of residential homes and condos.  Both ends of the island are accessed by bridges crossing the Intracoastal Waterway (and the north end has a super waterfront bar).  Casey's sand is sugary white and this uncrowded beach faces nightly sunsets.

    Photo courtesy of kwalbolt

  • This beach destination is the closing scene of  the film "The Shawshank Redemption"

    Families, Couples Both Love Mexico's Zihuatenejo

    Looking for a cool place to take your teens so the whole family has fun?  Zihuatenejo's beaches should do the trick.  Find a beach cabana where teens can have their treasured privacy, and the rest of you can then relax and have a blast.   Zihuatenejo is also a smashing destination for romance: get a massage right on the beach, then watch sunset together.

    Photo courtesy of Ankarino

  • Cabo's on the tip of the Baja Peninsula below San Diego

    Cabo San Lucas for Sunning, Fishing and Boating

    Cabo is legendary for its fishing but makes for an easy yet exotic beach getaway for friends or couples.   The tip of the baja has seen a lot of changes in the past decade:  it's far more sophisticated than it used to be.  But if you're after a sunny beach, a cold cerveza, some great nightlife and the appeal of salsa music to liven up your vacation, then head for the Baja and Cabo San Lucas. 

    Photo courtesy of vironevaeh

  • Aruba Beach has crystalline waters

    Choose Aruba for Watersports, All-Inclusive Resorts

    Aruba's shoreline alternates between rocky coast and white sugary sand.   Many of the resorts on this southern Caribbean island are all-inclusive, which is great for budget-conscious families.   Watersports are abundant and include snorkeling, parasailing, jetskiing and other fun ways to get out on the water and enjoy the warm sun.  

    Photo courtesy of David Stanley