It’s no secret that I love a good beach. I love relaxing, listening to the waves crash into the shore, and watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the ocean. In my opinion, no two beach destinations are the same and I thought giving you the lowdown on my favorite ones would be a fun post to write. So without further ado, and in no particular order, my favorite beach destinations.
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St. John, USVI. Of all the beach destinations I have been to St. John is hands down, my favorite. It’s peaceful. It’s relaxing. It’s everything anyone could want or need in a beach destination. St. John is accessible from St. Thomas via ferry. You can also easily take a day trip over to Tortola or Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands from St. John. If you stay in Cruz Bay, everything is accessible on foot. We stayed at the Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a small boutique hotel and it’s centrally located to everything you could possibly need. I would recommend visiting Salomon Bay Beach while in St. John. It’s only accessible via hike or boat and because of this it’s the most peaceful beach I have ever been to. If you want to snorkel, rent a dinghy and head over to Watermelon Cay for the day. It’s some of the best snorkeling I have ever done. Oh, and if you love sea turtles, then you need to spend some time at Maho Bay beach.
Laguna Beach, California. I loved Laguna Beach and in my opinion it’s the perfect beach town. It’s absolutely beautiful, the people are really friendly, there are amazing restaurants to eat at (with awesome views) and a lot of local shops to check out. We stayed at the Laguna Beach Lodge which is across the street from The Montage resort and I really enjoyed it. We walked across the street to The Montage and walked around the grounds of the resort and then down to beach. If you ever make it, definitely visit Victoria Beach. I loved it mostly because of the old lighthouse that sits just around the cliff from the main beach and the tide pool that fills up with water at high-tide, creating an awesome swimming hole right on the ocean. The beach itself is secluded and you won’t find it unless you know where you’re going. It is only accessible via a neighborhood off Victoria Drive and I would suggest not driving, as parking in the neighborhood is very limited, at best. It’s walkable from the hotel we stayed at, so we didn’t have to worry about parking which was really nice.
|Tulum, Mexico. I love Tulum. A quick 1.5 hour drive south of Cancun lands you in the most quaint, boho beach town I have ever been to. I would recommend staying in Tulum town instead of the ever popular “Beach Road” area. Not only is Tulum town less busy, but it’s cheaper and the food is more authentic. The Beach Road is the road where all of the Instagram famous spots are located – i.e, Azulik Hotel, Matcha Mama, Raw Love, etc. Instead of staying in this area, save your money and rent a Vespa and drive down to the Beach Road. It’s only about a mile or so from Tulum town and there is plenty of street parking for a Vespa. You could even bike down to the Beach Road instead of renting a Vespa if you wanted. No trip to Tulum would be complete without a visit to the Tulum Mayan Ruins, but get there early! Really, get there at 8am when they open to avoid the hoards of people who start showing up around 9am. If you’re heading to Tulum soon and looking for a place to stay, check out my review of the hotel we stayed at while visiting.|
Destin, Florida. Growing up in the south, Destin was the place to go for summer vacation. I have been vacationing in Destin for over twenty years, and while it gets busier and more touristy every year, there are still ways to enjoy the beauty of “The Emerald Coast”. I prefer the area I call “Old Destin”, which is located on Scenic Highway 98. It’s away from the traffic and high-rises and much more relaxed. The sand is white, the water is blue, and the seafood is to die for. What more could you ask for? I really enjoy staying at the Sea Oates Motel when in Destin. It’s been around for decades and every room has a water view. Destin is also only a days drive from almost every state located south of the Mason Dixon line – even better!
What are some of your favorite beach destinations? Have you ever been to any on my list? If so, what did you think about them? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it!
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