Friday, May 6, 2011

Top Ten Best Beaches I've Been To

Since I am running this very fun "Summer Kickoff" feature, I thought I would share with you my favorite beaches that I've traveled to. Granted there are a lot more beaches/islands that I'd like to visit, such as Turks and Caicos as well as Bora Bora, but here are my top ten favorites as of today. (By the way, all pictures were taken by yours truly!)

Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas
10.  Capri, Italy- I just visited this blue paradise and although their beach was rocky and filled with a lot of coral, I found myself wanting to spend the day there basking in the Italian sunshine.  It's been a resort destination since the Roman Republic and I would love to go back. I could easily spend a day sipping limoncello overlooking the amazing vistas.

9.  Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas- Can we say paradise? The beach here only includes the basics, but what more could you need? It's about three miles from Nassau and makes for an incredible day trip.  Back in the day it used to be called Treasure Island and when I was visiting, I could definitely imagine pirates hanging out here.
Captiva Island, Florida

8.  Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, Florida- This beautiful destination is on the Gulf Coast and the sun sets are to die for.  The beaches are filled with so many sea shells and because of this it attracts shellers from around the world.  All I know is I've never seen so many sea shells in my life; it was incredible!

7.  South Beach, Miami- I love South Beach with its bustling crowds and trendsetters. I went here a few years ago with my girlfriends and it was a lot of fun. There's nothing like sipping a delicious mojito on the beach and watching the people go by.  Plus, the Art Deco architecture is pretty impressive as well.
South Beach, Miami

6.  The Florida Keys- This is one of my favorite destinations, because it's like being at a Caribbean island without ever leaving the US.  I love the pace down there and the lifestyle.  Although the beaches aren't the best due to coral, there are some incredible state parks where you can lounge and relax like the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo or the Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West.

5.  Kaanapali Beach, Maui- This is one of my favorite places in the world. I loved staying right on Kaanapali Beach, because not only are the views to die for, you also have so many really cool restaurants, shops and bars that are all walking distance.  Plus, the snorkeling is outstanding by Black Rock, which also makes for an incredible backdrop.

Me at Kaanapali Beach, Maui
4.  Outer Banks, North Carolina- Who doesn't love the Outer Banks? The beaches are huge and pristine. The Outer Banks consist of 200 mile long string of barrier islands and with a ton of beautiful state parks and light houses. Also, some of the islands have wild horses!  The islands include famous tourist spots like Duck, Corolla, Hatteras and Kitty Hawk to just name a few.

4.  Negril, Jamaica- This is the famous "Seven Mile Beach" and there's nothing like it. I've never seen sand so perfect and water so blue.  When visiting this beach, you could spend the day at famous bars like Margaritaville, watch the cliff divers at Rick's Cafe, or just relax in the Jamaican sunshine.  Don't worry, be happy!

Negril, Jamaica
3.  Hana, Maui- Hana is an isolated community in Maui and the only way to get there is to drive the infamous Hana Highway which includes 52 miles of windy driving through rain forests, bridges, and cliffs. Hana is pretty much a tropical rainforest and once you are there you can check out Waiʻanapanapa State Park which is incredibly beautiful with its blowholes and black sand beaches.  

2.  Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey- I'm sure you are wondering why New Jersey even made my list, but South Jersey is very different than Seaside Heights, which was made famous by MTV.  Avalon and Stone Harbor are part of the "Seven Mile Island" and Avalon claims to be "cooler by a mile" since it juts out into the ocean one mile farther than the other islands.  Stone Harbor has many fun shops, including my favorite coffee shop, Coffee Talk.  Fun fact: Taylor Swift used to vacation here and hangout at Coffee Talk when she lived in Pennsylvania.
Sunset at Makena Beach, Maui

1.  Makena Beach, Maui- This is the BEST beach I've ever been to. It is off the beaten trail a bit and so picturesque. I love it! This beach has the most perfect sand and the most dramatic landscape. It's heaven. Period.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Tybee Island, Georgia
  • La Romana, Domican Republic
  • Wailea, Maui
  • Kona, Hawaii
  • Palm Beach, Florida
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Waikiki Beach, Oahu
So what do you guys think? Have you been to any of these beaches? What beaches are your absolute favorite that I didn't mention?  Let me know!


  1. You go girl! *high five* You get around! That's awesome.

  2. Oh man. I really want to go to a beach right now:) I haven't been to Capri, but I've been to a neighboring island off the Italian cost called Ischia and it was absolutely stunning. While I can't go to a beach any time soon, at least it's not raining today, so that's something:)

  3. Wow I'm so jealous right now! All these beached look absolutely beautiful!
    The only one I have been to is Tybee Island...
    Some of my favorite beaches are Karon Beach & Bamboo Island in Thailand :)

  4. Wow!! You have been to some amazing beaches! I love your photos too.

    I need to go on more beach holidays. I usually do city breaks. Maybe a beach next time! :)

  5. What an inspired post! My vacation to Anguilla is coming up in about six weeks, so I've been beach-dreamin' lately, too.

    Anguilla alone has about three of my top ten beaches and as I get closer to my vacation I may have to modify your post today and write about something similar.

    I've been to some of the places you mention (Jamaica, the Big Island) but I have not been to the beaches you mention. Maybe sometime...

  6. I want to be you! I want to travel. Travel envy all the way :)

  7. Lovely photos! I haven't been to any of these beaches but they sound amazing. My favorite beach that I've been to is at Punta Cana. My sister had a destination wedding there and I was glad I was able to spend some time on the beach. Really beautiful water and the beach itself was very nice on the resort. Off the resort, the sand had trash on it unfortunately.

    I hope to go to Hawaii someday and to Italy. Great post!

  8. Southern CA has some great ones,
    Huntington Beach for surfing, Laguna Beach for shopping! and Dana Point for history. There are more but those are my favorites.


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