TPG Staff Picks: Our Favorite Beaches in the World
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It’s summertime and you know what that means — endless hours of sunshine and, of course, beach days. Our staff has visited beaches all over the world — from sandy white shores in Hawaii to exclusive private hideaways in Bali. In honor of summer, we asked TPG team members to share their favorite beach destinations and insider tips so that you can plan a trip, too. Here’s a look at our favorite beaches around the world.
Emerald Bay — Lake Tahoe, California
“Growing up in Northern California, my summers were filled with long weekends at our family’s cabin in Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay was just a short drive away and we visited it often. The landscape, with the snow-capped Sierra mountains in the background and pine trees all around, made for a stunning place to spend a hot summer day.” — Brendan Dorsey, Assistant Editor
Coney Island — Brooklyn, New York
“I don’t go to beaches for the softest sand, the prettiest view or the killer waves. I like beach culture — oddball characters, weird shops and captivating history. My mother was born and raised near Coney Island. She used to go on rides that no longer exist, but as a kid I loved imagining where they stood. As an adult, I like the boardwalk, the unhealthy food (hot dogs at Nathan’s in particular) and of course the rides. My wife adores the Tilt-a-Whirl (if they still call it that). So I like seeing her happy too. And, yes, I always take the time to take off my shoes and walk on the sand and to the ocean. I rarely go in, but it’s nice to know I could. Honestly, visiting during the winter is pretty fun too — especially if you catch the Polar Bear club galavanting in the freezing surf.” — James Oliver Cury, VP, Editorial
Baía do Sancho — Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
“Even in the rain, this beach was pristine and gorgeous. To access the shore, you needed to climb down ladders and narrow passages to first reach a cliff, then the sand. We caught glimpses of sea turtles in the water as we descended, and once we dove into the warm water, we swam with our mouths hanging open in amazement as seabirds swooped down around us to spear fish with their beaks. We spotted a hopping party boat in the water with locals enjoying their day to to the fullest and wished we could have climbed aboard, but that would have meant leaving this slice of paradise!” — Brian Kelly, The Points Guy
Kailua Beach — Oahu, Hawaii
“I’m originally from New York, but when I was seven, my parents followed their dream and moved our family to Hawaii, where we lived from 1994-2001. I pretty much grew up on Kailua Beach — a great spot for families on Oahu’s east coast — and the beaches beside it, Lanikai, where we’d go for walks after school, and Kalama, where all of us became boogie board masters. My Mom and I went back to Hawaii in 2015 and this was the first place we stopped. It’s reassuring to know that whatever happens, our favorite spot on the water will always be there waiting for us.” — Kaeli Conforti, Senior Editor
Boracay Beach — The Philippines
“Voted world’s best island by Travel + Leisure in 2002, Boracay has one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. Despite its small size — three hours are more than enough time to cross the island on foot — there’s a little bit of something for everyone: romantic private beaches for honeymooners, insane nightlife for the young ones and tons of water activities and great scuba diving for the adventurous.” — Daryl Chua, Editorial Intern
Palm Beach — Aruba
“I’ve been to Aruba with both my family and my boyfriend’s family and have loved it every time. You can’t beat a beautiful beach, hot temperatures and a cool breeze that comes off the ocean so you don’t have to boil all day. Plus, there’s almost never a bad time of year to go.” — Kate O’Brien, Director of Marketing and Compliance
Seseh Beach — Bali, Indonesia
“Believe it or not, Bali isn’t known for its beautiful beaches, though Seseh is definitely an exception. My favorite feature: It’s far from tourist hotspots so you might even have the beach to yourself.” — Zach Honig, Editor-In-Chief
Harbour Village — Kralendijk, Bonaire
“I used to travel here all the time with my family when I was growing up an it’s a special place for us. It’s a private beach and if you’re a scuba diver — like a bunch of people in my family are, myself included — Harbour Village is pretty ideal.” — Samantha Rosen, Social Media Editor
Boca Raton Beach — Florida
“This beach had the bluest water I’ve ever seen, and more sea glass than I could fit in my pockets. What else could I ask for in a sunny getaway?” — Daniel Nelson, Editorial Intern
Negril Beach — Jamaica
“This beach has the softest white sand and warmest turquoise water I’ve ever felt or been in. Walk for a little bit and get away from the more crowded tourist areas. Go to Niah’s Patties — we even got our patties delivered to us!” — Wallace Cotton, Community Manager
Cahoon Hollow Beach — Wellfleet, MA
“Cape Cod has long been one of my favorite places to visit. Every year for the past eight years, my best friends and I have made the trek from all over the country to beautiful Wellfleet, Massachusetts. While the Cape is filled with amazing beaches, Cahoon Hollow has a special place in my heart — a stop at the Beachcomber after a day in the sun is an absolute must!” — Emily McNutt, Associate Editor
Newport Beach — California
“The first time I saw (and dipped my toes in) the Pacific, it was at Newport Beach in my late teens when my brother moved there. Lucky for me, he’s still in Orange County and Newport Beach is still my go-to for surf (and surfer!) watching. Having grown up in New York, California beaches were idealized in my mind and have never disappointed. All the boxes are checked: white sand, palm trees and super-strong sun and surf. The nearby Balboa Island holds a special place in my heart, too, as I’m a sucker for a chocolate-dipped frozen banana.” — Cindy Augustine, Freelance Editor
Ocean Beach — San Francisco, California
“This isn’t your typical beach. You aren’t actually expected to swim here — in fact, it’s dangerous with rip currents and chilly water. So why do people spend their beach days here? To huddle around the bonfire pits and watch the sunset with friends and family.” — Lan Paje, Editorial Intern
Ipanema Beach — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Ipanema is undoubtedly one of the world’s best urban beaches. Just steps from the strip of sand is one of Rio’s bustling and cosmopolitan neighborhoods, where you can take a break from tanning to drink a refreshing caipirinha and listen to some samba music. Meanwhile, the scene on the beach captures the spirit of the city. You’ll encounter loads of beautiful Cariocas tanning, dancing and playing volleyball or, of course, futebol (soccer). And to boot, the beach itself is stunning, with blue water, big waves and the Dois Irmãos (two brothers) mountains gazing down at all the action from the end of the beach.” — Nick Ellis, Assistant Editor
Hamoa Beach — Maui, Hawaii
“This beach has everything I want: soft sand, moderate surf, a few snorkeling spots and shade trees. It’s surrounded by farmland and greenery, and you can see the Big Island of Hawaii in clear weather. The long road to Hana keeps the crowds at bay, so you’ll have plenty of room to stretch out and relax. ” — Peter Rothbart, Editorial Contributor
Horseshoe Bay — Bermuda
“Bermuda holds a special place in my heart — it feels like a far-flung paradise even though it’s less than a two-hour flight from New York. The island has plenty of beautiful pink-sand beaches, but Horseshoe Bay is my favorite thanks to its picturesque rock formations.” — Sarah Silbert, Points and Miles Editor
Do you have a favorite beach destination? Tell us where we should go next, below.
Featured image courtesy of Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
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