Looking for a place in the sun? With thousands of beaches to choose from, it’s hard to pick where to lay your towel. For some beachgoers, leafy palms rustling in the breeze, calm waves lapping against the shore, and remote stretches of powdery sand are all that’s required for total bliss. But for others, magnificent scenery and a bustling boardwalk are the main attractions. No matter what your picture-perfect beach is—be it quiet and scenic or well-populated and party-hardy— Hot Party Fashion Travel has compiled a list of dreamy sands that are sure to inspire you to bag your bags and go.
Rio de Janeiro
Why Go: Peppered with some of the world’s most renowned beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro intoxicates travelers with its scattered coconuts, sugary sands, and striking landscape. But beach-bums looking for more secluded shores should head to lesser known Prainha or Grumari Beaches. You’ll have similar rolling hills and lush rainforests in the backdrop but with fewer tourists.
Why Go: Puerto Vallarta stands out along Mexico’s Pacific coast with its cerulean waters, optimal snorkeling conditions, and beautiful scenery. Travel to Banderas Bay and you’ll find gentle waves lapping against golden sands. After soaking up some sunshine, stroll along the Malecón, an oceanfront boardwalk dotted with art pieces, sculptures, and street performers. If you prefer more peace and quiet, venture to northern seaside town of Bucerias.
Why Go: With its white-sands, cerulean sea, and stunning rock formations, it’s no wonder Shakespeare chose Corfu as the backdrop for his play, The Tempest. As you soak up the sun and splendor of Myrtiotissa beach, you’ll smell the soothing aroma of olive leaves and cypress trees. For less seclusion but an alluring ambiance, head to popular Glyfada Beach where, you’ll find yourself surrounded by colorful beach umbrellas and mountain vistas.
Why Go: It’s hard to compete with the soft coral-sands and pleasant year-round temperatures of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. Brimming with luxurious hotels and laid-back restaurants, the Cayman Islands leave travelers with little to complain about. Head to Eden Rock and you’ll find a spectacular diving spot filled with a colorful fish, including parrotfish and barracuda.
Why Go: Anguilla’s powdery sands, coral-rich sea, and pastel villas lure day-trippers to its shimmering shores. But there’s more to this Caribbean retreat than seaside views and laid-back ambiance. With over 33 beaches to choose from, sun-seekers should have no problem finding a prime spot to lay down the towel. And here, you can snorkel, parasail, or sprawl on Shoal Bay East’s shores by day and listen to live reggae at Rendezvous Bay by night.