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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5 Best Family-friendly Hotels on Hilton Head Island
Whether you're planning your first multi-generational trip or Hilton Head Island is your longtime family vacation tradition, here's where to stay to keep everyone happy.
This Caribbean Resort Is the Ultimate Girls Getaway — With Rum, Sushi, and Outdoor Adventures
For two longtime best friends, a reunion at Zemi Beach House was worth the wait. Here's what not to miss if you grab your friends and book this tropical escape.
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Cancun or Cabo: Which Mexico Destination Is Better for You?
Cancun vs. Cabo — find out which Mexican destination is best suited to your travel style.
This Coastal Mexican City Has Gorgeous New Tree Houses for an Off-the-grid Stay
Travelers tend to arrive in a destination with a packed itinerary, but as I found out, the magic at Mexico's Playa Viva eco resort happens in the moments that are unplanned.