Whether you want to stroll for seashells, ride waves, or build sand castles, our list of amazing beaches will guide you to your new favorite coastal playground.
• Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Twelve miles of fluffy beaches embrace this high-end resort island (800/523-3373 or hiltonheadisland.org).
• Shoal Bay (East), Anguilla: Sleepy Anguilla wakes up—a little—at this two-mile expanse of feathery white sand that glitters in the sun. The quiet Shoal Bay Villas (562/366-4813 or sbvillas.ai) puts you just a few steps from the water.
• Torrance, California: A little-known but wonderful mile and a half of soft sand framed by hills (310/316-3636 or visittorrance.com)