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.
• Gold Coast, Barbados: So many celebrities now decorate the west coast beaches of graciously British Barbados that the nickname has inflated; it’s now usually the “Platinum Coast.” Whatever you call it, you can enjoy white sand, people-watching, and such beyond-lavish resorts as Sandy Lane (866/444-4080 or sandylane.com).
• Main Beach, East Hampton, New York: It’s relatively uncrowded—because parking is a challenge—and surprisingly rustic, but with a high celeb quotient (631/324-0362 or easthamptonchamber.com).
• Zuma Beach, Malibu, California: Call this much-filmed beach (310/456-2489 or malibu.org) just “Zuma,” like the locals do. Watch or join the pickup volleyball games and beautiful people.