Beach vacations are a perfect way to take advantage of summer while it lasts or to escape the winter blues. The world’s best beach destinations combine pristine sand and surf with culture, history and interesting attractions. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the tropics, explore barrier reefs, and soak up the bountiful sunshine.
This chain of islands off the coast of North Carolina is home to a half-dozen beaches, all of which are among the best in the United States. Visitors can also enjoy a wide range of other activities, from sightseeing and parasailing to historical tours and shopping excursions.See vacation rentals near Outer Banks, NC
St. Bart’s is widely considered to be the most prestigious and refined Caribbean vacation destination. With its fairy-tale feel, unspoiled sands, and crystalline waters, St. Bart’s offers staggering panoramas, world-class shopping and dining, and near-perfect weather throughout the year.See vacation rentals near St. Barts, Caribbean
Also known as the “Garden Island,” Kauai is a volcanic Hawaiian paradise that offers more than just beaches. The island’s enchanting network of rivers is perfect for kayaking, or exploring at a leisurely pace. Visitors can also drive along the Waimea Canyon road, which offers some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.See vacation rentals near Kauai, HI
Nestled on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, Guanacaste combines world-class beaches with excellent affordability. The locals are welcoming, the coastline is pristinely maintained, and the weather is ideal virtually year round. Guanacaste is perfect for the beach traveler looking to get off the beaten path.See vacation rentals near Guanacaste, Costa Rica