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.
Perhaps the single most glamorous beach in the world is Monte Carlo's Larvotto Beach, where women may go without their bikini tops, but wouldn't dare to be seen without their jewels.
There are a number of reasons why Bora Bora boasts the nickname "the Romantic Island," including the secluded beaches, intimate hotels and quiet atmosphere that embraces visitors.
Miles of beaches, endless luxury accommodations and a nonstop party atmosphere have transformed this once sleepy village on the Yucatan coast into one of Mexico's most popular tourist attractions.
Stretching for 130 miles along the Atlantic coast, North Carolina's Outer Banks are a skinny strip of barrier islands with sandy dunes and frothy surf on one side and a gentle sound on the other.
After gaining popularity as a resort town favored by French royalty, Biarritz grew more cosmopolitan, attracting jet setters and gaining a reputation as "the queen of beaches and beach of kings."