Even if you’re not a self-proclaimed “beach bum”, it’s really hard to pass up a relaxing vacation in a beautiful beach destination, especially if it comes with all-inclusive beach drinks and a lounge chair directly facing the ocean.

For those times when home has turned hectic and you need a serious break from the norm to just indulge yourself and relax the stress away, give one of these incredible beach destinations a try.

Oh, and once you’re there, you’ll need to know the best beach drinks to order at all-inclusive resorts!

Bora Bora

Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is defintely in the running for most beautiful island paradise in the world. You can reach the island in just under an hour flight from the main island of Tahiti. When you see the beautiful turquoise waters and swaying palm trees, you’ll know you’re in the right spot for serious relaxation. Bora Bora is lush and tropical with perfect white-sand beaches and emerald waters teaming with colorful fish. Luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows and thatched-roof villas, making it the island of your dreams.

Phuket

Sri Panwa
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

Spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue sea surrounds the island of Phuket, one of the most popular beach destinations in the world. You’ll find a range of experiences and accommodations to fit your budget. Vibrant nightlife and partying carries on in Patong Beach, while remote romantic hideaways can be found not far away. Explore outlying islands like Ko Phi Phi, made popular by the movie The Beach, or relax in high class at one of the ultra-plush all-inclusive resorts that line the coast.

Mayan Riviera

Tulum
Tulum beach, Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Located on the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, the Mayan Riviera offers stunning Caribbean views, powder-fine sand, warm azur water to swim in and some of the best beach resorts in the world. You’ll find incredible snorkeling and diving just off the coastline, and a plethora of adventure sports and activities, not to mention a very active nightlife. There are dozens of Mayan archeological sites, like Tulum and Chichen Itza, as well as hidden underground cenotes to explore.

Fiji

Tokoriki Island, Fiji
Tokoriki Island, Fiji

In the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji, famous for its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and unspoiled natural environment, is made up of more than 300 small islands. The perennial favorites are the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups, just north of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. There you will find a kind of paradise you can’t find anywhere else. Snorkeling and diving, relaxing in the shade of a palm tree, and feeling the soft sea air drift by while sipping on a fruity umbrella drink — it’s heavenly.

Maldives

Maldives
Maldives (photo by Flickr user Sarah Ackerman)

The Maldives, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, are one of the world’s most celebrated tropical havens. Here is where you’ll find unrivaled luxury, where every resort is its own private island, and where the most prestigious and luxury brands compete to provide the most over-the-top, indulgent luxury you’ll find in the world. There are more than 1200 small islands in the Maldives, each with an incredibly beautiful, powder-soft beach. The islands are very remote – perfect for a romantic, completely unplugged vacation.

Seychelles

Seychelles
Seychelles (Photo by Flickr user Didier Baertschiger)

Made up of 115 islands spread through the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is a dreamlike setting with stunning beaches. There are three main islands — Praslin, La Digue and Mahé — plus a plethora of smaller, outlying islands to visit and each has its own character, so you’ll surely want to visit each one on your quest for the perfect beach. The best part about the Seychelles is that it’s not overrun with tourists and maintains its local charm.

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman Island
Stingray City, Grand Cayman Island

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island is a long crescent of coral sand beach on the western end of the island. Seven Mile Beach is known for its incredible beauty, and even though it’s not exactly seven miles (more like 4.5), vacationers flock to its developed coastline in troves. You can spend your days lounging at a resort right on the beach, go to nearby Stingray Island and swim with the stingrays or go snorkeling with the turtles.

Nicaragua

Big Corn Island, Nicaragua
Little Corn Island, Nicaragua (Photo by Flickr user globalmultiplelisting)

About 40 miles offshore from Nicaragua are the Corn Islands, two enchanting islands with horseshoe bays, crystalline water and a well-kept secret vibe that allures vacationers. Great Corn Island is the larger of the two, while Little Corn is more sparsely populated, allows no cars and is mainly made up of jungle. Tourists tend to visit Little Corn more frequently, due to its tranquility, proximity to amazing dive sites and incredible food.

3 thoughts on “8 Incredible Beach Destinations

  1. Brooke of Passport Couture says:

    Love reading about all of these great getaways! It would be so hard for me to decide which one to visit because they look so great. Currently, a friend and I are finding a way to visit Fiji after a trip to New Zealand. I’m thrilled it’s listed on your post!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Brooke, we did a stopover in Fiji on our way back from New Zealand and it was a pretty economical way of doing it. It’s just really expensive once you get there if you want to go out to some of the islands. If you stay closer to the main island, it’s much better. I hope you get there! You’ll love it.

  2. Agus says:

    All those beaches are really amazing. I work at Le Meridien Bali and I have some great story of Le Meridien Bora bora and Le Meridien Phuket. Hopefully I will be there someday.

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