The 31 Best Beach Vacations

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.

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Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California
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More Hidden Beaches

Cumberland Island, Georgia: Because there’s no bridge access to these 17 miles of Atlantic beach, you may not see another soul (912/882-4336 or

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California: Steep terrain that requires a short hike is worth it for the sunset views (831/667-2100 or

Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington: Dr. Beach’s “best wilderness beach” in the Pacific Northwest. Equal parts coastal forest and ocean beach that’s ideal for camping (800/833-6388 or

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe, Florida: A little-known beach on the Panhandle with 10 miles of white sand and spectacular sunsets (850/227-1327 or

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