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

Looking for more boardwalks? Take a look at these photos of the best boardwalks in the US.  

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Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, Florida

Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, Florida

With over 56% of the vote, this best party beach was no contest. An international playground, South Beach is known for its delicious Cuban food, funky Art Deco architecture, pristine beaches and rowdy Ocean Drive nightlife. 960 1280

Paul Giamou  

Best Family Beach: Destin, Florida

Best Family Beach: Destin, Florida

Viewers raved about Destin, FL. Diana from Texas calls it a wonderful beach with great people, lots to do and great family accommodations. She wrote, "You can't beat this place for a family vacation. I promise!!" 960 1280

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Best Romantic Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Best Romantic Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

For the second year in a row, Bora Bora takes the honor thanks to the secluded stretch of white sand at Matira Point, romantic resorts and candle-lit ambiance. 960 1280

Martin Valigursky  

Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With the upcoming World Cup and Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is already spiking as a hot travel destination in 2013. And yes, people are still flocking to the beach to encounter someone "tall and tan and young and lovely" 50 years after "The Girl from Ipanema" was released. 960 1280

Brooke Slezak  

Best Beach Bar: Rick's Cafe, Negril, Jamaica

Best Beach Bar: Rick's Cafe, Negril, Jamaica

What's the best thing about Rick's? The delicious drinks here face stiff competition from the dramatic cliff divers and spectacular sunsets. 960 1280

Doug Pearson  

Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Nevis, Caribbean

Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Nevis, Caribbean

Most people aren't familiar with the island of Nevis, and Magnon from Texas hopes it stays that way, writing "Let's hope that it stays somewhat obscure so that crowds don't invade this Caribbean paradise." Sorry for letting everyone in on this secret oasis. 960 1280

Danita Delimont  

Best Beach for Adventure: Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Best Beach for Adventure: Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Formerly the mouth of a volcano crater, Hawaii's famous snorkeling spot is teaming with schools of rainbow-colored fish in the bay's shallow water. 960 1280

Yuki Matsukura, flickr  

Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

With the narrowest margin, Mustique edged out Fiji as the best exotic beach. Perhaps it was the royal couple effect? Kate and Will "babymooned" there, and their romantic honeymoon destination in the Seychelles won last year. 960 1280

Marian Pentek  

Best Beach Boardwalks: Venice Beach, California

Best Beach Boardwalks: Venice Beach, California

Our viewers, as well as our resident beach expert Marianela, were taken with the eclectic vibe of the Venice Beach boardwalk. 960 1280

  

Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

As Sal from Nevada said, Bora Bora could win on looks alone. This little piece of heaven is just 18 miles long, but it lives up to its nickname, "the Romantic Island" – it’s won best romantic beach 2 years in a row. 960 1280

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Rebuilt Luxury Outpost Hilton Los Cabos

Rebuilt Luxury Outpost Hilton Los Cabos

In the middle of the two towns that make up Los Cabos – the more touristy and rowdier Cabo San Lucas, and the sleepier San Jose del Cabo – lies beachfront resort Hilton Los Cabos. Devastated by Hurricane Odile in 2014, Hilton Los Cabos reopened less than a year later – it was the only hotel in the region that retained its entire staff through the rebuilding process while helping 36 employees rebuild their own homes. The multi-million dollar transformation includes reimagined restaurant concepts, including a swim-up bar, a subzero tequila and mezcal bar and a 9,700-square feet holistic spa and movement studio. Be forewarned, with all 375 rooms having ocean views and balconies, two breathtaking infinity pools and one of the only swimmable beaches in Los Cabos, you may find you never want to leave the property during your vacation.

 

Don’t Miss: Enjoy complimentary poolside popsicles hand delivered by a concierge who can also fix sunglasses, hand out ice-cold towels and provide anything else you might need to not leave your sundrenched bliss.

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Alex Aristei  

Desert Farm-to-Table Flora Field Kitchen

Desert Farm-to-Table Flora Field Kitchen

When you think of Mexican beach towns, farm-to-table dining might not be the first thing that comes to mind. While Cabo might be more known for sea and sand, this tip of the Baja Peninsula also has deep farming roots. One of the best places to see (and taste) this is Flora Farm, a 10-acre organic farm off the tourist trail in the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna Mountains. Flora Farm grows fresh heirloom vegetables and humanely raises livestock for Flora Field Kitchen, its alfresco family-style dining experience that features homemade ingredients—everything comes directly from the farm from the meat to the fresh-baked bread. After you feast on the generous portions order another Farmarita, Flora Farm's heirloom carrot version of a margarita, while you enjoy the nightly live music from the restaurant’s cozy communal tables.

 

Don’t Miss: Work up an appetite with cooking and gardening classes or a 30-minute field tour, where you might get a chance to peak inside one of the farm’s sought-after “culinary cottages.”

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Courtesy of Flora Farms  

Whale Watching Off Baja Peninsula

Whale Watching Off Baja Peninsula

A trip to Cabo isn’t complete without getting a glimpse of one of nature’s most extraordinary creatures in their natural habitat. The Baja Peninsula is one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales during their migration from the frigid waters of the Artic to the warm waters surrounding Baja. From December to March, there is no better place to catch these gigantic grey whales in action than Los Cabos.

 

Don’t Miss: Cabo Adventures offers a Whale Watching Photo Safari on an inflatable speed boat that allows for close-up interaction, includes marine mammals experts and a professional photographer on board to show you how to take the best photos of the whales at play.

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Sky High Adventures at Wild Canyon

Sky High Adventures at Wild Canyon

There’s more to do in Cabo than basking on the beach, so don’t miss a chance to explore the striking dessert landscapes in this region. Get a bird’s-eye view of the desert walking along one of the world’s longest wooden suspension bridges at Wild Canyon. Or for more of an adrenaline rush, take an ATV through the canyon’s rugged terrain and back across the 1,083-foot long bridge or soar above the palm trees on the eight-line zip line course.

 

Don’t Miss:  For a unique nightlife option, fly under the stars with Wild Canyon’s “Moon Zipping” tour that lets couples or friends zipline in tandem straight through the sunset and the desert night sky.

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Courtesy of Wild Canyon  

Gallery District’s Art-Filled Streets

Gallery District’s Art-Filled Streets

If you’re looking for a dose of culture versus another evening of beachside margaritas (although, some nights those work just fine), head to the Gallery District of historic San Jose del Cabo. This growing art scene celebrating Mexican art has become the cultural cornerstone of Cabo in recent years. You won’t see your typical generic touristy art here; the Gallery District’s charming cobblestone streets are filled with high-end fine art painting, sculpture, photography and folk art that attract international art communities and sell for a pretty peso, too.

 

Don’t Miss: From October to June don’t miss Art Walk, when studios and galleries stay open late on Thursday nights and entice art lovers to browse and buy with free drinks, snacks, and live music from 5-9 p.m.

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Ruby's Diner is located at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier, one of the longest public piers on the West Coast. 960 1280

Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau  

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city made famous by MTV's series of the same name following privileged SoCal teenagers. 960 1280

Jeri Koegel through Flickr Creative Commons  

Laguna Beach is the second-oldest city in Orange County, second to Anaheim. Its picturesque coastline is midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. 960 1280

Chris Eason through Flickr Creative Commons  

There's no shortage of shopping for real housewives or tourists in Orange County. 960 1280

La Citta Vita through Flickr Creative Commons  

The newly-renovated Hilton La Jolla sits atop the bluffs and overlooks the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

Paul Cross through Creative Commons  

One of the youngest cities in the OC, Rancho Santa Margarita is a beautifully planned community set upon the rolling hills. 960 1280

Courtesy City of Rancho Santa Margarita  

The streets of downtown La Jolla are spotted with the world's shopping elite visiting storefronts from charming boutiques to high-end art galleries. 960 1280

Alejandro Mallea through Creative Commons  

San Clemente is a popular surfing destination, catching swells all year long. 960 1280

Curtis Fry through Flickr Creative Commons  

Newport Beach Harbor is a semi-artificial harbor that created several islands such as Newport Island, Balboa Island, Collins Island and more now mostly covered with private homes. 960 1280

John Martinez Pavliga through Flickr Creative Commons  

Imagine soaking in the sunset view at home in Laguna Beach. 960 1280

Jeri Koegel through Flickr Creative Commons  

La Jolla's curving coast along the Pacific Ocean is an affluent seaside resort with home prices averaging $2 million. 960 1280

Paul Hamilton through Flickr Creative Commons  

The South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa define luxury shopping with the highest sales in the US. 960 1280

  

With more than 12 miles of sand and surf and 8 miles of paved boardwalk downtown Huntington Beach offers one-of-a-kind shopping, dining, activities and nightlife. 960 1280

Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau  

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