6. Palm Beach, Aruba
The two-mile-long strip on the northwest side of the island is filled with activities to keep you busy all day and night. Try your hand at parasailing or snorkeling before sitting down to enjoy a barefoot lunch at Pelican Pier Bar during the day; then, head to the nearby casinos, restaurants, and nightclubs at night to make your lazy day a bit more lively.
5. Reduit Beach, St. Lucia
Located about ten minutes south of Pigeon Island National Park, you'll get far-off views of Fort Rodney while lounging on your towel. And whether you're looking for a spot to go windsurfing or a place to grab a bite to eat, this beach—framing picturesque Rodney Bay—has everything you need: It’s within walking distance of Reduit Beach village and luxury resorts, but still retains a relaxed, beachy sense perfect for a quiet getaway.
4. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Shockingly, Palawan remains steadily under the radar, even rank highly in our Readers' Choice Awards. El Nido alone is home to around 50 white sand though it continues to rbeaches—it’s impossible to choose just one—all of which are set around dramatic limestone formations and boast the finest and whitest sand you’ll ever see. The water is so blindingly blue it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison. And the sunsets? Well, they’ll ruin you for life. Consider yourself warned.
3. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Well-known as one of the world's best places to watch big wave surfing in winter (the beach is home to the Vans Triple Crown), the water here becomes as calm as a lake in summer, making it an excellent spot for snorkeling. After a day spent in the sand and surf, don't towel off and head home just yet: Above all, as its name suggests, it's the sunsets that really seal the deal for visitors.
2. Honopu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Also known as Cathedral Beach, Honopu—like Waipio Valley—is quite difficult to reach. For starters, it’s not accessible except by water, so to get there, you must swim from an offshore boat, or from neighboring Kalalau Beach (a quarter-mile swim). But the trouble is worth it: Think cumin-colored sand bordered by soaring, vegetation-cloaked cliffs—and, most times, not a soul in sight. Fun fact: It’s served as a location for such films as Six Days, Seven Nights, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and King Kong.
1. Honokalani Beach, Wai'anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
With its jet-black shore, lapis lazuli waters, and thick, jungle-like foliage, Honokalani Beach is a photographer’s dream. Besides lying lazily on the “sand”—actually made up of tiny lava pebbles—there’s plenty to do: you’ll find seaside lava tubes and sea caves carved into the lava cliffs along the shore. It’s wild, unspoiled Hawaii at its best, and a necessary stop en route to Hana.