Best Beach Vacation Destinations for 2011

Posted Dec 28th 2010 10:02 AM


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The sun on your skin, the breeze blowing through your hair – who doesn't love a great beach vacation? With resorts popping up left and right there are more choices than ever for couples, families and even singles looking for that perfect beach getaway. From bustling urban shores to remote islands, there's something for everyone at these 5 best beach vacation destinations that you can't miss in 2011.

Best Beach Vacations: Leblon Beach, Rio de Janeiro
If the impending World Cup and Olympic excitement are any clue, Rio is set to take the world by storm. For the chic side of this notoriously sexy city, pass on by the more popular Rio de Janeiro beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema, for Leblon beach. This inlet is stocked with the same beautiful people, stunning views and breezy waves as the other Rio beaches, but surrounded by high-end shopping boutiques and trendy restaurants. On weekends, enjoy a stroll through the pop-up markets that collect in Leblon's parks; an all-around perfect beach vacation.

Best Beach Vacations: St. Croix, USVI
Adventure seekers will dive head-first in love with St. Croix and the 30+ fantastic scuba diving spots around the island. Divers come face-to-face with natural wildlife, amazing coral reef and even sunken ships. Other water sports abound, too: take a jet ski across the crystal waters or go snorkeling in the shallow reefs. Landlubbers can take in a beachside yoga class or spa treatment to soothe their sunburned skin in this relaxing beach destination.

Best Beach Vacations: Paseo Maritmo, Spain
With all the comforts of a traditional North American boardwalk and the exotic flair of the Mediterranean, Paseo Maritimo is one of Spain's best beach vacation spots. Just 25 minutes outside of the infamous culture of Valencia, and following along both Las Arenas and La Malvarrosa beaches, there's great people watching to be done in this rejuvenated port area: roller skaters, traveling kiosks and unique fashions abound on the trendy promenade. When you've tired of blue skies and blue waters, shack up at discounted boutiques in this up-and-coming nabe.

Best Beach Vacations: Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Most visitors to Egypt spend weeks exploring Cairo's majestic historical sites and miss one of the country's best resources, its beautiful beaches. Take a beach vacation where pebbled beaches of the Red Sea meet total urban sophistication -- Sharm el Sheikh, affectionately nicknamed 'The City of Peace'. Five-star hotels like the Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton overlook the coast while traditional Bedouin stands line the beach and offer meals and unique souvenirs of perfume bottles, jewelry and linens.

Best Beach Vacations: Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker is the very definition of laid-back island life. Often thought of as a last uncharted frontier of Belize, this island is available by water taxi from other areas of the country, but tends to be overlooked for more popular resort-style beaches. Because of the peaceful seclusion, this white coral sand beach in its intimate setting has attracted musicians and artists from across the globe. Caye Caulker is for those who prefer Belize's boutique hotels to resorts, and fresh seafood over gourmet tasting menus.

Photo by U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism.
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I'm not dead or 90, but believe the beaches on the Cape Hattaras seashore are the best. We are talking beaches, not mini golf courses, go kart tracks or any of the junk that ruins Ocean City, and Myrtle. For pristine beaches that are not crowded and offer the best in peace and relaxation try Ocracoke Island. I think it was last years #1.

April 11 2011 at 3:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The most beautiful beach in USA(IMO) is Silver Beach in St. Joe,
Michigan. It is the cleanest, pure sand beach anywhere. There is a
water spray park next to the beach, along with a restored merry go
round. The small town of St. Joe sits on a bluff, where there is
plenty of shopping and great restaurants.

March 18 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I am totally agreed with this list and will travel to some of these beaches durig my summer vacations.

March 08 2011 at 6:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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January 10 2011 at 7:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For me the best beaches are in Spain...The beaches like Costa Brava and Costa Blanca are famous all-over the world...These sandy beaches are the first preference of tourist for the beach holiday...Every year many newly married couples come here for their honeymoon...

January 08 2011 at 1:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony D.

No thank you I think I'll just stay in Amrica and enjoy Myrtle Beach.

January 02 2011 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Madison Compton

Oh... but there are many beautiful beaches around the world... Gotta tell you. We spent our holidays in Riviera Nayarit last year. I must say, we were completely blown away by the beauty of the sea. Riviera Nayarit Hotels are beautiful, comfortable and have a magnificent view of the pacific ocean. Definitively, it’s heaven on earth. And finding accomodation was quite easy through online Deals Destinations. There are no excuses to visit this beautiful place!

January 04 2011 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aruba has some of the best beaches, beautiful island lovely natives

January 02 2011 at 6:23 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Bob Mock

The best two beaches in the World are Cape May NJ and Wildwood NJ. Big fun and beautiful. Please don't's a best kept secret!
I have been all over the world and I know I am right.
As far as the Outer Banks NC...if your 90 or dead it might be exciting..give me a break.

January 02 2011 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been around the world and the best beaches for swimming are in Florida Panhandle or the Bahamas Hands down no question... Best for shear dramatic beauty Alaska, Thailand, Iceland... Lucky enough to have been to Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Columbia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Greece, West coast of Africa, Canary Islands, Turkey, France, England, Australia, Mexico, Many coastal states in the USA...east and west...

January 02 2011 at 12:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ann D. Cantor

Come to Rehoth Beach, Delaware, where there is boardwalk, lovely hotels, and a beautiful beach. Good shopping, good eating, you can't beat Rehoboth Beach.

Ann and Bob

January 01 2011 at 10:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply