Collected by Sia Alexander
"At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun." - Anonymous
Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Besut, Terengganu, Malaysia
A visit to the Perhentian Islands is a must if you find yourself in Malaysia and want some beach time! If you want a nice quaint island stay on Perhentian Besar. If you are looking for more action then stay on Perhentian Kecil, but even Kecil is...
Phaknam Bay, Phi Phi Island Tambon Ao Nang, Muang Chang Wat Krabi 81210, Thailand
On the island of Kho Phi Phi, there is the usual town that greets you with bars, restaurant and easy-to-get lodging if you didn't plan ahead. However, if you are so inclined, on the far side of the island there is a veritable Smurf village that...
Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
The Maya ruins of Tulum are already spectacular, but then you peek over the cliffs at one of the most beautiful beaches ever seen. It's no surprise that the Maya chose this spot for their city. Be sure to pack your swimsuit and some towels (maybe...
San Juan Island, Washington 98250, USA
Whale watching by boat in the San Juan Islands is an amazing experience that includes some of the most incredible views of the NW Coast. Look up Captain Jim for a personal chartered tour with a whale expert, and relax as you follow the Orca pods...
Boca de paila Km 5.5, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
On the beach in Tulum, Amansala is a rustic and low-key place to stay and eat. I'm here on my second annual yoga retreat—three hours of yoga in the morning and an hour-and-a-half of Pilates in the evening. The food is fresh, healthy, and...
Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
Despite its size (10 square miles) and population (fewer than 170 permanent residents), Little Cayman enjoys a worldwide reputation among serious divers. The island is renowned for its exceptional underwater visibility and vertigo-inducing walls,...
Honeymoon Beach, St John 00830, USVI
Just a short hike from the St. John visitors center, Honeymoon Beach is a quick, quaint and romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big island St. Thomas. Seeing the aqua ocean through the trees as we neared the beach took our breath...
3801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
On the way up Mount Tamalpais heading through Mount Tamalpais State Park, the options are endless. There's hiking, camping, red woods, pull offs, hidden beer houses and beautiful drives through winding roads. All of this is within 20-30 minutes...
Praça São João Quadrado, Porto Seguro - BA, 45818-000, Brazil
Walk along the beaches of Trancoso and you are certain to see tourists trotting down the sand on horseback. There are a number of locals who lead horseback rides down the coast. But Etnia Club del Mar's staff works with a trusted outfitter that...
Chimney Rock Trail, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
Chimney Rock's 1.8 mile trail offers stunning views of the Pacific, Drake's Bay, and 500 foot cliffs plunging into the ocean. The hike's namesake rock formation, Chimney Rock, located at trail's end, juts out into the water where Bay meets...
Key West, FL 33040, USA
Coming back into Key West Harbor after six weeks at sea brought on a spectrum of powerful emotions. The first sight of land is always exciting, bringing with it the promise of rowdy celebration on shore and a meal prepared by someone other than...
Ko Lipe, Satun, Thailand
Koh Lipe is up and coming, while it is recently becoming more and more popular on the tourist trail, for the moment at least, it still holds a sense of isolation. Surrounded by Thailand's largest marine park the area offers literally hundreds of...
Cabo Matapalo, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
or at least it seems that way.Cabo Matapalo is located at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean. Located 500' straight down a cliff from our cabina this ruggedly wild stretch of beach is reached by an hour...
While sitting on the plane, eagerly anticipating my first time arrival to the Caribbean Wonderland, the Cayman Islands, my friend nudges my arm. She says to me, “Just wait, as soon as you step off the plane, all of your worries, all of your stress...
Étretat is best known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed "needle". These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and were featured prominently...
Sunset beach, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Lembongan island, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Located just off the eastern shore of Bali, Indonesia, is a small island called Nusa Lembongan. It is a great place for a day trip if you're vacation in Bali, and it's only a 30-40min boat ride from Sanur. There is a boat that will take you...
Ko Lipe, Satun, Thailand
I had seen a postcard of this beach before I ever came to it, and I thought, no, it couldn't be that beautiful. Goes to show... One day while on the island of Koh Lipe, a tiny speck of a thing in the Andaman sea, I made my way over to the other...
104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe WA 6011, Australia
Whenever I need to calm myself, I close my eyes, and in my head I go to Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia, where I can feel the warm sun on my back and see the beauty of the Indian Ocean in front of me. There is a beautiful pavilion, as you can...
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