There are so many places in the world that you could go to spend your vacation. But as for summer, I’m not sure if there’s something else more important and wonderful than beaches, sunshine, seagulls and beach chairs. Check out these top 16 beaches in the world, hope it will help you figure out where to spend your time. Good luck! (Via)
1. Ambergris Caye, Belize
The beauty of Belize just got closer with Delta’s new non-stop weekly service from Los Angeles to Belize City. Delta joins a variety of carriers that already offer non-stop flights from places like Houston, Dallas, Newark, Atlanta, and Miami. The ease of getting to this striking Central American nation is helping to boost Belize’s status as one of the most compelling getaways for nature-lovers. The country is home to the massive Belize Barrier Reef Reserve.
2. Cartagena, Colombia
If you haven’t gotten around to visiting Cartagena, don’t delay much longer. As the country’s government and economy stabilize, more and more travelers are heading to this diverse destination in South America. The historic walled city on the coast is a study in Spanish colonial architecture and monuments to both military and religious figures. The city is now also home to all types of restaurants, chic art galleries, and trendy bars.
3. Soufriere, St. Lucia
Honeymooners have long understood the allure of Soufrière, a small but vibrant town on St. Lucia’s west coast. Formerly the domain of French plantation owners in the 1700s, today Soufrière is the epicenter for tourism on the island. People come here for both luxurious and laid-back resorts, gorgeous beaches, and other natural attractions like The Pitons, the now-dormant volcano Qualibou, Sulphur Springs, and dozens of waterfalls.
4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Explore the city, visit the nearby Amazon rainforest, and check out a few of Rio’s chic beaches.
5. Corsica, France
The island of Corsica in the Mediterranean may be part of France but it has a vibe all its own. Where else can you find a beach retreat that’s both hip and chic (it’s a favorite summertime vacation spot for Parisians) while retaining its old-world charm and culinary traditions? Best-known for being the birthplace of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1769, his ancestral home—Maison Bonaparte—in Ajaccio is now a museum.
6. Corfu, Greece
You’ve only visited Corfu for the day while your cruise ship was in port, you’re missing out. This lovely island in the Ionian Sea played an important role in the development of the Greek Isles but was also home to Venetians, the French, and the British throughout the years. You can see layers of those influences in the iconic palaces, monuments, and fortresses that still stand on the island today.
7. Hvar, Croatia
There is one place on the Dalmatian Coast that’s currently raising some eyebrows: Hvar, Croatia. It’s long been a favorite stopover for sailors and the yacht set, but a wave of hotel development, most notably by Suncani Hvar Hotels, is bringing a whole new generation of couples and families to this island in the Adriatic Sea. The 115-square-mile island is notable for its lush hillsides that are dotted with olive groves, vineyards, aromatic lavender fields, pine forests, and fruit orchards.
8. Koh Samui, Thailand
The quietest and most peaceful beach on this list has to be Chaweng Noi Beach (to the north of the much more boisterous Chaweng Beach). It fronts the recently opened Vana Belle in Koh Samui. This Luxury Collection resort is set along a secluded cove with an impossibly soft white-sand beach. The suites and villas—each with private pools and terraces—are tucked amid native foliage that keeps things cool and cozy.
9. San Diego, California
Lists of “best beaches” often gloss over the ones that are suitable for families, but if that’s what you’re looking for you can’t do better thanLa Jolla, a cool neighborhood in Southern California’s San Diego. La Jolla Shores offers safe swimming and snorkeling right from the beach and is a point of embarkation for kayakers who paddle to nearby La Jolla Cove. Caves have been carved out of the cliffs by the might of the Pacific Ocean’s waves over the years.
10. Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
The best news about Playa Dorada, the best stretch of golden sand along the Dominican Republic’s Amber Coast, is that the region still offers a range of accommodations from budget to super deluxe. It’s also easy to get here from the United States with flights from a variety of major and budget carriers. In fact, Delta just increased service from New York’s JFK to both Santiago and Santo Domingo.
11. Emerald Coast, Nicaragua
Central America’s Nicaragua may not initially spring to mind when you’re planning your next beach vacation but it should. It’s got coastlines along the Caribbean Sea in the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Now is the time to visit before the country comes into vogue. It’s known for eco-friendly accommodations, active adventures on land and at sea, and impressive colonial architecture in its cities.
12. Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Tetiaroa—a gorgeous atoll 33 miles northwest of Tahiti in the Windward group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia—used to be the playground for Tahitian royalty. To this day, locals believe the island is a sacred place. Famous Royal Navy captain William Bligh is said to be the first European to visit the atoll, in 1789, while searching for the mutineers that commandeered HMS Bounty. Over the years the island changed hands until actor Marlon Brando bought Tetiaroa in the late 1960. He, ironically, was visiting the island while scouting locations for the movie Mutiny on the Bounty. The island with its 12 islets is known for untouched white-sand beaches and a healthy coral reef that is home to a large population of sea turtles and 167 different species of fish from spotted eagle rays to blacktip sharks to parrotfish.
13. Peninsula Papagayo, Guancaste, Costa Rica
The Gulf of Papagayo on the north Pacific Coast of Costa Rica makes for the ultimate beach vacation while throwing in access to dense tropical forests where you’ll spy howler monkeys and squirrel monkeys, Guanacaste Mountains for hiking, and national parks for day-long treks. But, most people come here for the crisp, white-sand beaches that glisten as the sapphire waters lap the coast. A new and expansive terminal was recently added to the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, which greatly increased incoming and outgoing flights. Now is the time to visit Costa Rica.
14. Tokoriki Island, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
“Bula” is the Fijian word for “welcome” and islanders are getting ready to greet a new beach retreat on the southwestern corner of Tokoriki Island in the nation’s Mamanuca Islands chain. Sheraton Fiji Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Islands opens on May 3, 2014 on the northernmost island of this archipelago of volcanic atolls off the western coast of Nadi. It’s just a 12-minute helicopter or seaplane ride from the airport in Nadi or a one-hour, high-speed catamaran voyage from Denarau Marina. Tokoriki is known throughout the South Pacific for its palm-fringed beaches of powdery soft sand and its reef that astounds divers and snorkelers who are especially interested in sneaking a peek of a Fijian Giant Clam. The new resort will offer 101 rooms and suites, including Family Suites and Tokoriki Retreats that feature private plunge pools. The 35-acre complex will offer what you’d expect from a luxury resort, including a spa with four treatment rooms, a 38-seat movie theater, boutique, kids club, fitness center, tennis courts, and pool.
Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
16. Ocean Grove, New Jersey Shore
Thousands of travelers flock to the Jersey Shore every year but it’s more important that you plan a visit in 2014. The fact is, tourism to New Jersey’s shore communities—with 130 miles of beautiful beaches—still hasn’t fully rebounded after October 2012’s category 3 Hurricane Sandy. The towns have rebuilt and are better than ever and that’s one reason theJersey Shore is on Fodor’s 2014 Go List.