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.
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
Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, FloridaWith 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
Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWith 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
Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Nevis, CaribbeanMost 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
Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the GrenadinesWith 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
Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, TahitiAs 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
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.960 1280
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.”960 1280
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.960 1280
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.960 1280
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.960 1280