Some people have the good fortune of living surfside but for rest of us relaxing on the beach is a dream vacation. There’s a pace to a vacation on the beach that screams of sun, fun, water and lounging. If you are looking for a place to vacation that has a plethora of day activities, a vibrant night life and the draw of lazy days spent soaking up the sun by the water’s edge check out these top beaches.
Located on the eastern coast of the United States in South Carolina this beach receives up to 14 million visitors every year. A huge draw every year during spring break for college students it also attracts a more sedate crowd. Referred to as “The Golf Capital of the World” the town boasts 120 golf courses most of which are open to the public.
If you’re a baseball fan then a stop at “The Ripken Experience” is a must or you can even book in your entire baseball team to experience a tournament baseball on a professional major league quality field. Restaurants are plenty but no trip would be complete without a stop at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.
Water activities include boating, fishing, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving to name a few. However, crystal blue water and 60 miles of beach means the perfect place to lie around and simply sunbathe.
Located in the southern part of Florida and known worldwide as SoBe (South Beach) the Miami Beach area is not limited to the normal beach side activities. The unique immigrant Cuba culture is visible in the pastel colors that dominate homes, shops, restaurants and bars.
Made famous by movies like Scarface and Cage au Folles and television shows like CSI Miami the most memorable part of SoBe is the Art Deco National Historic District that is comprised of a few dozen ’20s and ’30s buildings that have characteristic pastel colors and streamlined rectilinear forms. Miami Beach definitely lives up to its lively party town image.
Cancun, Mexico, with its vast array of beaches is one of the most romantic of vacation getaways. Accommodations range from standard hotels to beachside villas and private homes. The Caribbean side and Lagoon side provide for an endless array of water sports and sunbathing.
Nightlife includes salsa, cumbia, club mixes and world beats. End your days with a couple of cold cervezas and a quiet cigar and you’ve come as close to perfection as possible.
Located on the island of Maui, Ka’anapali Beach is a 3 mile stretch of sand and blue ocean heaven. Relax on the beaches and in the gardens and enjoy as the Hawaii Kings and Queens did years gone by. Maybe you will even be able to feel the spirit of the ancient Hawaiian warriors that use to use the area as a training ground.
Other activities include the Ka’anapali Historical Tour, the History and Legends Tour and the free whaling museum. If you’re looking to spend a little time golfing then choose between the Royal Ka’anapali par 71 course or the Ka’anapali Kai par 70 course each offering panoramic views of neighboring islands.
While there are a number of gorgeous beaches in Australia Cable Beach in Broome in Western Australia is a sight to behold. Located about 2200 kms from Perth, it takes 2.5 hours to fly there. Pristine white sand stretching along the turquoise water’s edge is enough to take your breath away and make the extra distance worth the effort it takes to get there.
The year round tropical climate offers opportunities for any number of water sports and even parasailing. For the more adventurous, a sunset camel trek is just the thing.