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."
Reachable only by ferry or kayak, with a limit of 300 visitors daily and only one small inn, Cumberland Island maintains its reputation as one of America's most pristine seaside regions.
Barbados is a distinctive island, both in its natural beauty and fun-loving culture.
In western Jamaica, hotels and restaurants line the waterfront; fortunately building codes limit structures to the height of a palm-tree and prevent the beach from feeling overdeveloped.
A reputed refuge for pirates of old, Langkawi has become a modern hideaway for the traveler seeking an escape.