Provincetown is known for great beaches, a thriving arts scene and a strong gay community.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is located in a unique stretch of California's coastal highway. The town was once a bohemian haven for artists.
The feeling in the community of Naples is a little less stuffy and a little more relaxed than some other wealthy vacation spots.
Let's begin by making one thing perfectly clear. No beach in the world is like Venice Beach.
Beachgoers in the know seek solidarity by heading up the winding Pacific Coast Highway to the most spectacular shoreline along the coast: El Matador Beach.
Many people are familiar with the coastal islands off North Carolina, but fewer are aware of the coastal islands off South Carolina.
Strolling along stretches of white sand, listening to roaring waves and passing glorious mansions, it's easy to forget that East Hampton is only a couple hours outside of New York City.
For travelers who are looking for something off the beaten path, Seychelles is a dream destination.
The biggest beach on Phuket Island and Thailand's premier beach resort, Patong combines a long strip of pristine sand with a beachfront cluster of bars, wild nightclubs and wall-to-wall shopping.
At the northwest tip of South Africa's Cape Peninsula lies the swanky coastal gem Clifton Beach, a haven for international hipsters and jet-setters.
South Padre has always been a spring break party animal's paradise.
Relaxing is easy on Siesta Key: soft white sand, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound.
Known for its beautiful beaches, Pernambuco is exotic and remote, providing the ultimate escape from reality.
The islands of American Samoa, Tutuila and Manua'a are stars of the South Pacific, a region renowned for perfect beaches and dreamy hideaways.
Bora Bora is just 18 miles long, a lush little slipper of land that lies in a protected lagoon edged by fine white sandy shores -- the best located at Matira Point.