Best Beach Vacation Spots in the World

If you dream about warm tropical breezes and sandy beaches, let’s plan your next family beach vacation or that once in a life time surf trip to Indo. Exotic trips to far away lands appeal to our sense of adventure in unique ways. Beachspot.org rates the best beaches in the world to entice you to have fun in the sun. 

Every day, we try to add a new “hot” beach spot from all over the world. The criteria to be included on the site is simple, is this beach on a body of salt water?

Exciting New Ideas for Tropical Beach Vacations Added Daily

Kolobrzeg beach on the Baltic Sea in Poland

Visit the Best Beaches in Poland: Kolobrzeg Beach and Spa

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The Kolobrzeg beach features a classic turn of the century style. The elegant town moves at its own pace and has been delighting visitors since the 1880’s. The highly recommended health spas help to compensate for the cold Baltic Sea. In summer, the weather can be quite spectacular.

Visit the Border Field State Park beach between Mexico and the United States.

The Beach on the Border between Mexico and the US

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The Border Field State Park beach is wildly beautiful and mostly deserted on the US side. The water is polluted, and there is a barrier wall jutting out into the Pacific. This beach spot is surreal and not terribly pleasant to visit.

Top Mediterranean Beach Vacations in Style

The best Mediterranean beaches feature heavily on these pages for pretty obvious reasons. The pace of life, cool beach stuff and climate suits all civilized people. While Southern California beaches may rival the Med in natural beauty, the Pacific Ocean is frigid and the pace of life is hectic. Before you write off San Diego though, don’t forget California just legalized weed and has world class waves.

The beautiful Sapri beaches in Italy

Driving to Sapri beaches along the Cilento Coast in Italy

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The Sapri Beaches on Italy’s dramatic Cilento Coast are frequently overlooked by tourists that head straight to the Amalfi Coast. If you want to relax like the local Italians, that is a good thing. Villamare Beach is breathtaking.

One of Malta's many hidden gems, Popeye Village in Anchor Bay is a good place to visit.

Popeye Village, Anchor Bay, Malta

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Popeye Village is the site of an abandoned movie set from 1980. Starring Robin Williams and filmed in Malta, it sounds like it should be a winner. Nope! The movie was dreadful. Fortunately, there is an awesome dive spot in Anchor Bay and Popeye Village is pretty cool.

Above Golden Bay Malta

Best Sandy Beach in Malta: Golden Bay Beach

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Early in the morning, the reddish sands of Malta’s Golden Bay and its perfect water conditions give this beach a dream like quality. This is the traditional Mediterranean beach spot, people save their pennies to visit. The sunsets are famous.

Makarska Riviera, Croatia

Makarska Riviera, Croatia Beach Vacations

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A beach holiday in Croatia with a relaxed nightlife is waiting for you. Set along the famed Adriatic Coast, the Makarska Riviera has been enchanting visitors with some of the best beaches in the world, including, Brela, the Champion of the Adriatic.

La Linea de La Concepcion

La Linea Beach Vacation: Spain’s gateway to Gibraltar is open

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La Línea is a coastal town just north of the Gibraltar in Spain. La Linea de la Concepcion’s beaches are superb, even though this is not your typical tourist destination due to its location on a contested international border. However, these beach spots frequently win international recognition as Blue Flag Beaches.

Barceloneta Beach

Playa Barceloneta, Barcelona

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Not surprisingly, Barcelona’s Barceloneta Beach may be the best city beach in the world. The people watching is superb and there is no shortage of food and drink. Come here to party.

Best Tropical Beach Vacations in the Caribbean

At its best, nothing compares to the Caribbean. The water, weather, beaches, and all around irreverence make the Caribbean’s beach resorts the most fun playground around. Glorious Caribbean beach vacation spots are here aplenty. Painfully, my favorite beaches in the Virgin Islands and some of the other best beaches in the world, have recently been obliterated by hurricane (September 2017). It’s unlikely the VI rebounds until 2018 at the earliest. 

Since your pilgrimage to the Bomba Shack is on hold, head in the other direction completely. Spectacular exotic beaches are waiting for you in the land of smiles, Thailand, and neighboring Cambodia. The flights may take a little longer, but Southeast Asia is memorable.

There is an entire continent ringed by pristine beach locations with surf that is waiting to be explored if you have the time. Australia’s best beaches are a whole different ball game. Mind the sharks, salt water crocodiles and the million other dangerous creatures that don't like you. If that sounds too intense, visit the gentle sands of Hawaii and other South Pacific beach adventures.

A good part of the fun comes in the planning. With so many possible coastal destinations, how do you even start? We’ll leave that to you.

The Hermit Island beach is perfect
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Vacation to Hermit Island Beaches, Maine
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The beaches of Hermit Island invite you to enjoy lazy summer days. Explore this small beach spot in Maine from your campground. No visitors are allowed, so your family vacation will not be over crowded. The island features a small marina.

Delray Beach, Florida is one of the nicer beach towns in Florida.
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Delray Beach, Florida Vacations
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“America’s Most Fun Small Town.” – Rand McNally. Delray Beach is a great place to spend some time. Located just north of Fort Lauderdale, it is easy living. This beach spot frequently wins awards and is often mentioned as the best beach or beach town. This pleasant location has something refreshingly familiar about it.

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Great Family Beach in Ogunquit, Maine
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Pronounced “oh-GUN-kwit”. Ogunquit is a fashionable little beach town in Maine. This setting has been home to an artist colony since the Gay Nineties (1898). Ogunquit means beautiful place by the sea.

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Thinking of ideas for the best beach spot for a vacation while currently living in San Diego isn't terribly difficult. Locally, there are not many deals or cheap family packages, but Southern California and its dramatic coast still attract big numbers of visitors.

So how do So Cal beach spots rate?

It does compare well with just about any other beach spot. Depending upon your ideas for how to define the best way to enjoy some hard earned play time, you may have vastly different ideas than your neighbor. And thats all right! So, be it a short trip or for your foreseeable life. There is no right answer to pleasure.

Fortunately great beach spots, coastlines and the waterfront communities that hold increasingly greater populations come in so many shapes and sizes that you might just be able to find your very own beach spot. Or, at least something that sounds pretentious, expensive and slightly exotic to help your quest to win friends and influence people on social media. While a healthy budget is not a prerequisite for being able to temporarily stake a claim to a great spot on the beach, it does significantly lessen the research required.

Virgin Islands Beach Spot : Par Excellence?

A few years ago, this lovely person asked me what exactly I found so appealing about the beach and spending time there. My answer was long and varied. It included vacations, lunch breaks, reading, partying, sexual encounters, sleep, play, people watching, relaxing and just about every other facet of the human condition.  She didn't agree. The relationship ended reasonably amicably, but the conversation revealed a stark divide too big to span. More problematic than the cultural differences between an American Catholic and a Russian Muslim, she didn't like going to the beach.

  Coki Beach, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

Anyway, that was in the Mediterranean, on the limestone island of Malta. An amazing place with a storied history, but not the greatest beach spot. St. Paul shipwrecked there on the way to his execution in Rome. Calypso held Ulysses captive on Malta's sister island, Gozo, for 7 years of bliss next to a place called Ramla Bay. Apparently, it was because of a shipwreck as well.

You all right? Ya, mon. Cool, everyting safe.

One of the things common to all the best beach spots is they have a tendency to swallow you up and enchant you for extended periods of life. Depending upon your personality, talents and responsibilities, you might not need to go back home. Of course, that's probably not going to happen, but we all like to dream. Especially while we are OOO PTO. (I first encountered those letters at the ripe age of 44, in 2016)

Who wouldn't want to find a cheap deal on waterfront property in the next international spot for the beautiful people a decade before it takes off? Limin' on the silky sands of Jost w/ the wifey in one hand and a painkiller in the other, it's not hard for your thoughts to drift off. Nobody looks forward to going back bleary-eyed to your cubicle Monday morning.

Bold Summer Vacation Ideas on the Beach

Salty locals, expats and strung out surfers the world over think they know something the rest of us don't. Well, if you peel back the layers of cynical excrement far enough, those people actually are pretty clued up. So if your goal is to do a gainer into a Corona commercial- bon chance! Joining a ragtag crew of yachties in an expat ghetto can actually be a glamorous existence. When its done well, its sublime.

Long Summer Vacations and Comfort Zones

Locals contribute significantly to the successful outcome of your trip. Keep that and safety in your mind, even if you are going to an all-inclusive resort. Not all of the characters from Jimmy Buffet songs play nicely with others. There is no shame in passing on a trip to Cuba, when you are more suited to Cape Hatteras. Both, great spots indeed, to watch the world pass by, but they couldn't be further apart.

Deals on exclusive beach vacations?

Deals on the timeless beach locales like Nantucket, the Hamptons, and St. Barths for example will always be limited, due to their popularity and name brand. Prices do fluctuate seasonally allowing for better values slightly off peak everywhere. Keep that in mind, when planning trips if cost is even a remote consideration. Flexible dates and some research can knock prices down to more manageable levels.

Maybe that can be parlayed into more time away from the rat race with the people you care about?   That's probably what its about anyway, no? It certainly is the point of this site.