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

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.

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. 

Great Fun on the Beach

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 Manuel Antonio beach in Costa Rica is part of a national park.
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Manuel Antonio Beach in Costa Rica: Best Tropical Jungle Beach

Costa Rica’s Playa Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast lives up to its reputation as one of the best beach spots in the world. Expertly maintained by the National Park system, there are fun activities that range from bird watching to surfing or scuba diving and sport fishing. Whatever it is that makes you tick, can be done at this tropical paradise.

Visit the Border Field State Park beach between Mexico and the United States.
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The Beach on the Border between Mexico and the US

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.

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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.

 

Virgin Islands Beaches
Cruz Bay, St. John

Cruz Bay, St. John

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Most people know Cruz Bay, St. John as the entrance to a protected wonderland in…

Best Beaches of Mexico
Vacation to Puerto Vallarta Beach in Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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What is it about Puerto Vallarta? There is something about this Mexican beach town that captivates most people. Does it come from Elizabeth Taylor and the Night of the Iguana?

 

Best Beaches in the World

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.