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The Complete Guide to Beach Vacations

Condé Nast Traveler logo Condé Nast Traveler 2019-02-15 CNT Editors

Winter is here, again, which means many of us are stuck inside, dreaming of warming climes as snow falls. With this in mind, we've come up with an ultimate guide to beach vacations around the world, whether you're just looking for inspiration or are ready to plan your next trip right now. Looking for the best stretches of sand in the U.S. and Caribbean? Check. Wondering where to go in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Australia, and New Zealand? Done, done, done, done, and done. We've even got a comprehensive list of where to stay, and what to pack. So what are you waiting for? —CNT Editors

Don't wait until peak beach time to claim your stretch of sand

Do be prepared to pay for premium space on some European beaches

Don't assume city beaches are meant to be skipped

Do pack (reef-safe) sunscreen

Unsure about where to go? Start here.

Check out some of our favorite global picks...

...and ones right here in the 50 states.

For these, you may not even have to go that far.

Here are some of the best places to stay...

...and where you can get inspired by water.

Now all you have to do is get out your suitcase.


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