The weather only keeps getting warmer, and that means that the beach towels and swimsuits are getting closer and closer to coming out of the closet. If you’ve been cooped up in your home or apartment all winter long, then this is welcome news. There’s just nothing like heading out to the beach, listening to the sound of the surf, and feeling the squish of wet sand beneath your toes that really clears the mind and brings on a sense of relaxation and tranquility.
Likely, you’ve already got a few favorite beaches that you like to travel to every summer. That’s great! However, if you really want to start having beach experiences that aren’t just about relaxation, then you’ve got to know where to go. That’s exactly why we’ve put this list together.
In the 20 items below, we’re going to introduce you to some of the most beautiful and incredible beaches in the entire world. Make no mistake; each one of these beaches is worth checking out, and maybe you should find time during your summer traveling itineraries to visit one or several of these incredible beaches. So, without further ado, let’s check out the 20 must-see beaches for summer 2017!
1. Porthmeor Beach (United Kingdom)
Located in Cornwall, this is a place that attracts those rarest of birds – the British Surfer. Oh, and the community around the beach is pretty cool, too!
2. Napili Beach (Hawaii)
If you’re planning on taking a trip to Maui, then make it a point to add a trip to this beach to your itinerary.
3. La Concha Beach (Spain)
This beach can be found in San Sebastian and is universally regarded as one of the best in all of Europe.
4. Wavine Cyrique Beach (Dominican Republic)
While it’s quite a hike to get out to this beach, the surroundings you’ll see once you’re there are well worth it.
5. Salema Beach (Portugal)
Stretching between two cliffs, here’s a place where you can enjoy the unrestrained beauty of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
6. Cape Blanco (Oregon)
If you’re looking to mix in a little hiking with your beach-going while in the Pacific Northwest, then this is the place for you!
7. Black Bay (Grenada)
Wonderfully secluded, this ideal tropical beach offers an experience that those who visit do not soon forget.
8. Cape Hatteras National Seashore (North Carolina)
The beach and surf are all well and good here, but you’ll definitely want to check out that lighthouse, which is the tallest in North America.
9. Makarska Beach (Croatia)
You may not think of beaches when you think of Croatia, but one look at this gem will change all of that!
10. Main Beach (New York)
You’ve heard about the beautiful beaches of the Hamptons, right? Well, this is what people are talking about!
11. Clearwater Beach (Florida)
Here’s a place where you can go if you’ve got a yen for those bathwater like Gulf waters and white-sand beaches.
12. Coast Guard Beach (Massachusetts)
There’s great disagreement about which beaches are the best on Cape Cod; this is one of our picks.
13. Oval Beach (Michigan)
If you ever tell someone from the Midwest that they don’t know good beaches, they’ll rightly call your attention to this gem.
14. Old Orchard Beach (Maine)
With a beautiful pier that extends out over the water, this is a place where you’ll learn firsthand why they call Maine “Vacationland”.
15. Hulopoe Beach (Hawaii)
This is a beach that has everything you’d expect from Hawaii plus some great amenities that are part of the Hulopoe Beach Park.
16. Crane Beach (Barbados)
If you’re asking us, we can’t think of a more relaxing time than sitting on this beach while sipping some local rum.
17. Coronado Central Beach (California)
San Diego is known for its ideal weather and beauty, and this beach is one of the best places to experience all of that!
18. South Padre Island (Texas)
Located along the Gulf, you might not even believe you’re in the state of Texas when you’re at this beach.
19. Porto Ferro (Italy)
The lush landscape that surrounds this gorgeous Italian beach is something that draws travelers from all around the world.
20. Playa del Amor (Mexico)
It’s a beach that’s located inside of a cave… Do we really need to say anymore about it than that? Wow!