World's Best Boardwalks
It's a summertime tradition: joining locals and tourists for a stroll along some of the world's prettiest waterfronts. You'll pass crashing waves and stunning coastline views, eat candy and other local grub, and then scream and giggle on amusement rides.
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Gold Coast Oceanway, Gold Coast, AustraliaOne of the longest walkways you'll encounter, the 22-mile oceanway offers spectacular views of Australia's epically stunning Gold Coast beaches. Crashing waves, white sands and lush flora line the mixed-use path as bikers, joggers and walkers pass by. 960 1280
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Hong KongOne of the best ways to admire Hong Kong's dramatic skyline and waterfront is from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, which winds along Victoria Harbour. Snap selfies alongside locals and tourists as you meander past the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong's Space Museum and the Museum of Art. 960 1280
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CAIf the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk doesn't already take the prize for America's best, it should. Overlooking Monterey Bay, the amusement park is home to family-friendly attractions including a Ferris wheel, 3 roller coasters, a log flume and a historic carousel. 960 1280
Brighton Pier, Brighton Beach, EnglandOnce chic, and then shabby, but now back to chic, Brighton Beach has re-emerged as a popular spot for Londoners, and no place is more alluring than the Brighton Pier. Families can laugh and scream on amusement rides while the 20-something set hits the bars for fish-and-chips and a beer. 960 1280
Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NYIt hardly counts as summer in New York City if you don't take a jaunt out to Coney Island's boardwalk. Grab a Nathan's hot dog (it's a must-eat) after riding the rattling, historic Cyclone roller coaster and enjoying the ocean views from the top of the Wonder Wheel Ferris wheel. 960 1280
Copacabana Beach Promenade, Rio de JaneiroFlanked by lush, green mountains, one of the world's most scenic promenades stretches for 2 miles along the sands of Rio's Copacabana Beach. The famously black- and white-tiled walkway is lined by casual beach bars, and as evening falls, it fills with street performers and locals out for a stroll. 960 1280
Atlantic City Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJPerhaps America's most famous boardwalk, the Atlantic City Boardwalk earned its place in pop culture thanks to the HBO hit Boardwalk Empire. Though its turn-of-the-century glory has faded, the nation's first boardwalk now stretches more than 4 miles along the coastline. Casinos, hotels, restaurants, amusement rides and shops line the way. 960 1280
Venice Beach Boardwalk, Los AngelesOne of Southern California's top attractions, the Venice Beach Boardwalk is a perfect mix of quirky, funky and amusing. Stroll along a gorgeous stretch of beach while watching performers including mimes and jugglers, admiring street vendor wares such as art and jewelry, and popping into hippie-centric shops. 960 1280
Promenade des Anglais, Nice, FranceIf you're lucky enough to find yourself cavorting around France's Cote d'Azur, stroll the fabulous Promenade des Anglais. Stretching for miles, La Prom, as it's known, fills with locals and tourists heading to the beach or people-watching from the many swanky cafes, bars and restaurants. 960 1280
Aker Brygge Wharf, Oslo, NorwayFew Nordic sights are more charming than Oslo's waterfront, and visitors can soak in the seafaring vibe while strolling the Aker Brygge Wharf boardwalk. The former shipyard is now filled with trendy restaurants, shops, bars and luxury apartments. 960 1280
Sexiest Beach: MiamiYou don’t have to leave the East Coast to slip away to this year’s Sexiest Beach. An easy getaway from New York, Miami has everything you need, according to Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal: “soft sand, beautiful warm water, interesting people, volleyball and fun spots to go for a bite or a beverage nearby.” Plus, “it’s acceptable to wear tiny bikinis,” she says. Whether you’re reveling in South Beach’s legendary nightlife or sleeping off the night before in a private cabana, Miami is the place for hot days and nights. 960 1280
Best Unusual Beach: Red Beach, Santorini, GreeceNamed the “No. 1 most spectacular getaway on Earth” on Travel Channel’s 101 Sand n’ Surf Hotspots, Santorini’s Red Beach is also the Best Unusual Beach, thanks to its striking crimson and black volcanic sands. “Set off by the deep indigo waters, there’s really nothing like it,” says Sara Gilliam, senior producer for TravelChannel.com. “To do Santorini justice, check in to a chalky cave house built into the lip of the volcanic crater and catch an unrivaled sunset over the whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches.” 960 1280
Best Romantic Beach: Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands“The crescent-shaped beach at Little Dix Bay is the epitome of barefoot elegance, with its palm-lined half-mile of white sand,” says luxury travel writer Tamala Prickett, founder of Chic Family Travels. Characterized by pristine, private beaches, exclusive yacht clubs, hidden coves and luxurious resorts, the island invites romance — and you’ll find it’s worth the price. Check into the 5-star Rosewood Resort, which was originally owned by Laurance Rockefeller, and you’ll discover why the timeless romantic retreat has earned a fiercely loyal following. “It’s common to see couples having a candlelit dinner on the beach arranged by the excellent hotel staff,” Tamala says. “It’s a scene right out of the The Bachelor.” 960 1280
Best Beach for Adventure: Praia do Futuro, Fortaleza, BrazilCharacterized as one of the windiest places in the world, Fortaleza draws extreme-sports enthusiasts from across the globe. “Whether you're a kite surfer, windsurfer or someone who just wants to be close to the action, Futuro Beach will not disappoint,” says professional kite surfer Chris DuComb. “On a daily basis, athletes reach speeds of over 40 mph and boost over 100 feet in the air.” On the off chance the wind isn't blowing, you'll find athletes and beachgoers congregating at the many sand volleyball courts. 960 1280
Best Beach Bar: Vice, also known as Nissakia Surf Club, Artemida, Greece“In Artemida, Greece, a seaside town better known to locals as Loutsa, Vice is an epic beach bar situated on one of the most active shorelines in the country,” says Chris DuComb. You won't find many tourists at Vice, which is tucked away about 15 miles outside Athens, but you’ll be met with a serene coastline and mountainous backdrop. The bar features local dishes such as grilled octopus and spins the most current, upbeat music, adding to the lively atmosphere. “Local kite surfers and windsurfers frequent this hidden gem for the warm water, local food and delicious drinks,” Chris says. 960 1280
Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Lake Atitlán, GuatemalaThe best under-the-radar beach does not find itself alongside an ocean, but the most beautiful lake in the world. Situated in the highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán is Central America’s deepest lake. “Nestled in the valley of 3 volcanoes (one of them still active), you’ll not only take in peaceful volcanic views, but also absorb the vibrant pink, yellow and blue colors of the surrounding vegetation,” says Sara Gilliam. “In fact, Atitlán is Mayan for ‘where the rainbow gets its colors.’” 960 1280
Best Beach Boardwalk: Coney Island, New YorkIf you don’t consider a boardwalk a boardwalk without kitschy shops and Atlantic Ocean views, than Coney Island is your quintessential American beach boardwalk. With extensive renovations in 2010 (in Luna Park) and 2012 (after Hurricane Sandy), Coney Island has returned to its former glory. “Bring the family and enjoy rides, fireworks, shows and plenty of food all summer long,” says Sarah Fazendin, family travel blogger at A Week at the Beach. Coney Island manages to feel like a seaside escape and yet quintessentially New York. 960 1280
Best Family Beach: Seaside, Florida“Seaside is a beach community located near Destin, but it could not be more different in its features,” says Tamala Prickett. In place of high-rise condos, you’ll find pastel-colored houses lined with white picket fences and beach cruisers. “Families love to vacation in Seaside, as it is commonplace for children to jump on a bike to grab snow cones from an Airstream trailer on the way to the beach,” Tamala says. As night falls, families cover the amphitheater with picnic blankets to enjoy outdoor movies and live music. 960 1280
Best Party Beach: La Barra, Punta del Este, UruguayThis lush getaway spot, which used to attract the likes of Brigitte Bardot and the Rat Pack, is still bringing the party. “Rage with socialites and celebs alike at Bikini Beach in La Barra, Uruguay,” says Marianela Pereyra, host of Marianela’s Best Beaches. “With a name like that, expect lots of skimpy tops and supermodel bodies blessed with perfect tans.” This small strip of sand in Punta’s trendiest neighborhood is known for its upscale, 24-hour fiesta, where no one finds a siesta necessary and the beautiful landscape keeps you going long after the sun goes down (or comes up!). 960 1280
Best Exotic Beach: Ilhabela, BrazilIlhabela, Portuguese for “beautiful island,” is Brazil's largest island and a coastal Atlantic rain forest filled with more than 400 waterfalls, mountain peaks, incredible wildlife and tropical fauna. “It's without a doubt one of the most beautiful natural paradises,” says Marianela Pereyra. About 85% of the island is designated as Ilhabela State Park, which includes a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to protect the ecosystem. Beyond Ilhabela’s natural beauty, tourists revel in its popular sailing week, exploring underwater wrecks and the legends of pirate treasure. 960 1280
Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)Esperanza, an award-winning luxury resort in Los Cabos, has a beautiful location overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
Nizuc Resort and Spa (Cancun, Mexico)With a prime location at the gateway to the Riviera Maya, the Nizuc Resort and Spa has unique Mayan-inspired therapies and private white-sand beaches make it a tranquil haven.
One & Only Palmilla (Los Cabos, Mexico)This oasis on the tip of the Baja Peninsula was built in the 1950s as a 15-room luxury hideaway for the jet-set crowd. Now it’s expanded to over 115 rooms, but the One & Only Palmilla still feels glamorous and secluded.
Fairmont Acapulco Princess (Acapulco, Mexico)Tucked away in Acapulco's tropical oasis, the Fairmont Princess, a 15-story Aztec-pyramid-shaped hotel, is surrounded by lush gardens, a saltwater lagoon, a golf course and more.
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico)Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach is located on a private beach but is still close to Cancun’s lively dining and nightlife. 960 1280
Melia Cabo Real (Los Cabos, Mexico)The Melia Cabo Real, an all-inclusive beach and golf resort, is nestled on a sandy cove along Los Cabos' stunning sapphire coast. 960 1280
The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)The Westin Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise with a prime beachfront location in Puerto Vallarta.