Ocracoke's remote beaches have lured visitors for centuries; in the 1500s it first appeared on maps, after Sir Walter Raleigh and his crew set foot upon the island's sands.
Unknown to many outside the United Kingdom, the isle is home to Newquay, a seaside haven and mecca for surfers from around the globe, where visitors encounter some of the world's finest beaches.
Nestled along the French Riviera and a short drive from Nice or Cannes, St. Tropez is one of the liveliest towns along the coast during the summer.
The Baths is unlike any other beach in the Caribbean. It features white sandy beaches framed by gigantic granite boulders.
Kuta, the most accessible, lively and commercialized of Bali's southern beaches, is noted more for surf than for swimming and more for parties than for sunbathing.
From throbbing nightclubs to quiet parks, from gentlemen long-boarders to the lions at the zoo, Waikiki has something for everyone.
Part of the gorgeous and increasingly popular Riviera Maya, Tulum sits 80 miles southeast of Cancun.
The exotic Phi Phi Island lies off the coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea.
Oahu's North Shore is infamous among the surfing set, so it's no wonder the surfing pros come here to show off their skills.
Families flock to Palm Beach's sugar-white beaches in droves; Aruba's kid-friendly atmosphere prevails at Palm Beach's resorts and restaurants.
Copacabana, often referred to as the world's most famous beach, runs for 3 miles along the densely populated residential area of Rio de Janeiro.
Bermuda's famous pink-sand beaches are considered some of the loveliest seaside retreats in the world, and the shores of Horseshoe Bay are no exception.
Few people can claim they've witnessed the unspoiled and breathtaking beaches of Fernando de Noronha.
Located on the Kohala Coast of the Aloha State's Big Island, Kauna'oa Bay is quintessential Hawaii.
Trendsetting Ipanema has a long tradition of dictating beach chic to the rest of the world.