Beach Vacations

The beach holiday is the platonic ideal of vacations: what nearly every traveler, whether active or armchair, dreams of. Soft sand, shady palms, a cold drink, a warm surf—what more could you want? It’s no wonder so many ad campaigns hang their hook (and their products) on this seaside ideal: brands of beer, lines of clothes, models of cars. Travel + Leisure writers and editors are no strangers to the allure of the shore, and so search the world for the best beach vacations it can offer.

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Pearl Diving, Desert Horseback Riding, and 7,000 Years of History in Ras Al Khaimah

This quiet emirate challenges the typical U.A.E. stereotypes, with deeply rooted heritage and rugged mountains, desert, and coastline.

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This Quiet Town on St. Lucia’s West Coast Has Sulfur Springs, Forested Mountains, and One of the World’s Best Restaurants

Orlando’s in Soufrière, St. Lucia was recently named one of the World’s Best Restaurants by Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine. It’s worth planning a trip around — here’s what you should explore once you’re there.

You Can Order an Instagram-ready Picnic Setup Straight to the Beach in L.A.

If you want to have an adorable outing just let Bliss Beach do all of the work for you.