By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff
August 25, 2014

Travelers who love nothing more than to put their toes in the sand will want to visit these four beaches in destinations from Florida to the Galápagos.

Seaside Beach, Seaside, Florida

Pastel wood-paneled houses border the dunes on picture-perfect Seaside Beach, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. You’ll spend your day by the water, followed by a ride on a cruiser bike and a family-friendly seafood dinner in town.

Black Sand Beach, Waianapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii

Black Sand Beach at Waianapanapa State Park, in Maui, Hawaii, is so dramatic and gorgeous (stark black sand, spiny Hawaiian hala trees), we’re sure you’ll never forget it.

Bahia Gardner, Española Island, Galápagos

Heading to South America? Bring binoculars and your field guide to Española Island, a must-see stop on any Galapagos tour. At Bahia Gardner beach, be on the lookout for sea lions, Española mockingbirds, and the Galapagos’ red lava lizards, with their bright red heads.

One Foot Island Beach, Cook Islands

You’ll play castaway on One Foot Island, one of the most secluded beach escapes in the world. Beyond the South Pacific crashing waves, only drumbeats at sundown break the silence, and you’d better be listening; they announce the last boat back to neighboring Aitutaki island, and you don’t want to miss it!