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.
Below is a list of some of the best stretches of sand where beach lovers can shed their skivvies and perfect that all-over tan.
Harbour Island's quiet charms seem countless, but none are more alluring than the tiny island's wondrous stretch of pink-sand beach.
Hulopo'e Beach on the island of Lana'i, long considered one of the world's most perfect stretches of sand, lies at the base of the Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay, creating a perfect union.
Perched on the sunny Queensland coast 161 miles northeast of Brisbane, Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and home to one of the world's best beaches.
Forty-eight hours in Maui, Hawaii's second-largest island, can truly be a life-changing experience.
The Mayan Riviera is a stretch of immaculate Mexican beaches spanning towns between Puerto Morelos in the North and Tulum in the South.
To experience the town and beaches of Seignosse in Southwestern France is like encountering the incongruous blending of a Brother's Grimm fairy tale with Beach Blanket Bingo.
One of many islands in the Caribbean Sea, St. Barts stands out with its pleasant blend of French chic and island relaxation.
From the lush hillsides with memorable vistas of the sea to the pristine shoreline, Santa Barbara possesses the beauty most Southern California beachside communities lack.
From east to west, we've selected four of the panhandle's most alluring and lesser-known locales.
Kauai is home to one of the world's best beaches: Poipu, a series of 3 white crescents curving beside turquoise waters along the island's south coast.
From private coves perfect for sunbathing to family-friendly public sands complete with concessions, the Golden State has a beach that fits the bill for all its visitors.
Maroma Beach is a resort intent on preserving the ecology of its 500-plus acres of beach and rain forest while bringing service and luxury to unprecedented heights.
If you're looking for a private piece of paradise away from Thailand's tourist masses, follow our lead to some of the former Siam's more serene escapes.