Entertain this fantasy for a moment: You cut your holiday to-do list way down―skip the shopping, cooking, gift wrapping, and 24-hour hostessing―and make a quick break for the beach instead. Have we piqued your interest? With the escape mentality in mind, we scanned coasts from the Caribbean to California for diversions with the highest irresistibility quotients. Choose one of these getaways and start a new holiday tradition basking in the sun or lounging by someone else’s crackling hearth.
Left: Montage Laguna Beach