Beautiful Beaches to Visit in 2014

So many beaches, so little vacation time: here’s where to leave your footprints in the sand this year.

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

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The classic Greek color palette of deep blue (sea) and white (cliffs) is on fine display at Navagio Beach. But it has an edgier side. Nicknamed Smuggler’s Cove, the beach is the site of a wrecked smuggler’s ship that provides a bit of welcome, if rusty, shade. Access is primarily by boat; hop on a smaller vessel from Porto Vromi either in early morning or after 3 p.m. to avoid the busy tourist ships. If you find yourself tantalizingly close after happening upon the bay by road, you’ll have to be content with views of rock formations, glittering sea, and the odd splash of a dolphin far below. The only other way down isn’t for the faint of heart; Navagio Beach has recently become a favorite spot for experienced BASE jumpers, who get their adrenaline rush from the 656-foot cliff-top free fall.

Best time to visit: May to late September

Beautiful Beaches to Visit in 2014

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

The classic Greek color palette of deep blue (sea) and white (cliffs) is on fine display at Navagio Beach. But it has an edgier side. Nicknamed Smuggler’s Cove, the beach is the site of a wrecked smuggler’s ship that provides a bit of welcome, if rusty, shade. Access is primarily by boat; hop on a smaller vessel from Porto Vromi either in early morning or after 3 p.m. to avoid the busy tourist ships. If you find yourself tantalizingly close after happening upon the bay by road, you’ll have to be content with views of rock formations, glittering sea, and the odd splash of a dolphin far below. The only other way down isn’t for the faint of heart; Navagio Beach has recently become a favorite spot for experienced BASE jumpers, who get their adrenaline rush from the 656-foot cliff-top free fall.

Best time to visit: May to late September

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