As travel continues to be limited or prohibited, let’s look forward to brighter days ahead. Meanwhile, CSL looks back at some of our favourite destinations of the past. Here, CSL’s memories of 18 perfect sun, sand and sea destinations with globetrotting cinematic scenery.
There’s so much to do (or not) at the beach: feel the sun on your face, the sand between your toes, build castles, read a book, and go for a refreshing dip in the ocean. These beaches give you the chance to do it all.
1/ Cornwall, UK
The quality of light at St. Ives has inspired artists and beachgoers alike with a rich maritime history.
2/ Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS
Take a kayak to explore the crystal waters of Muri Lagoon where blue starfish abound and atolls dot the horizon.
3/ Florida, USA
Art Deco buildings made Miami Beach the epitome of 80s cool and the uniquely decorated lifeguard stations are no slouch either.
4/ Cascais, PORTUGAL
Perched on a headland on the Atlantic Ocean, the Fort of Sagres is a large protective complex including Fortaleza do Guincho with sweeping views.
5/ St Kitts & Nevis, WEST INDIES
A coastline view of northeastern St Kitts from a helicopter shows black rockface from previous volcanic activity.
6/ St Lucia, WEST INDIES
Instead of the famous Pitons, enjoy sunset views of Pigeon Island National Landmark from Reduit Beach on the northwest coast.
7/ Trinidad & Tobago, WEST INDIES
A pod of Bottlenose Dolphins swims alongside a glass bottom boat traversing the waters between Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef.
8/ Goa, INDIA
A woman and child wade into the waters of the Indian Ocean at Anjuna beach where coconut palms cling to the coastline.
9/ Nida, LITHUANIA
The Curonian Spit divides a lagoon from the Baltic Sea, and the Parnidis Dune and is a popular recreational spot overlooking the beach.
10/ Waitākere, NEW ZEALAND
The dramatic coastline of New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay region is also home to the Muriwai gannet colony, a surreal site.
11/ Puerto Vallarta, MEXICO
Toasting with cocktails to memories made under palapas by the infinity pool beside the ocean, as baby turtles return to the sea.
12/ Grenada, WEST INDIES
On the island known as the Spice Isle, a fisherman cleans his catch of the day at Grand Anse beach.
13/ Tamarindo, COSTA RICA
As the sun sets, a silhouette of two local cowboys at the beach that shares its name with the city in Guanacaste Province.
14/ Crete, GREECE
Malia beach in the capital Heraklion provides a break from ancient sites like the overwrought Knossos and Athena’s bathing spot of Voulismeni.
15/ Victoria, CANADA
Though not strictly a beach like Oak Bay and Willows, the juxtaposition of Government street buildings and water is special.
16/ Bahamas, WEST INDIES
Love Beach on Nassau is a wonderful snorkeling spot. Though secluded, catch it in the morning when the sand sparkles.
17/ Hammamet, TUNISIA
Not the place you’d think of for beaches, this North African country has been an ancient bathing favourite since Roman times and before.
18/ Cayman Islands, WEST INDIES
When seen from above the beaches of Grand Cayman look likes specs of tan amongst shades of blue and green.
This original travel article first appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.
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