Beach combing on your own? Make your way to Patnem Beach, Goa in India, where you can have some quality time by yourself. Whether you’re the type to brave the maddening flea markets or simply read a book on the strand, you’re bound to find your little patch of sand to enjoy in.
Make sure to bring your yoga mat! Goa is known for its yoga retreats, and there are resorts that offer packages, which include daily yoga classes, sumptuous vegetarian meals, wellness treatments, and a wonderful view of the Patnem shores and the Arabic sea.
Going seaside with your gal pals? Find your way to the island of Rab, in Croatia. It’s been said that this is where modern skinny-dipping was born. King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were granted permission from local government to frolic in the water sans swimsuits in the inlet of Kandalora in 1936, and visitors have been doing the same ever since. Of the three clothing-optional beaches, Sahara beach is the most famous.
Make sure to bring a sense of adventure. After all, when in Rome, you must follow suit (or in this case, drop it).
Hitting the beach with family? Book a trip to Kaiteriteri Beach in Nelson, New Zealand. Known for its golden sands that actually glitter, this beach was reported by CNN as having the “highest rate of sunshine hours in New Zealand.” You and your family can hike the nearby trails, and when you’re hot and tired, can take a dip in the sea. Little brother and sister can build sand castles while you wait for the sumptuous seafood lunch by the shore.
Make sure to bring your waterproof cameras (and spare batteries!). Dolphins, seals, and penguins make sudden appearances, so you want to be ready. Also, the sand of Kaiteriteri comes from high quartz content, which explains its gleaming effect. If you don’t want to squint in your photos, you’ll need a pair of sunglasses.
Strolling the strand with your man? Book a romantic getaway to Bora Bora, Tahiti. Nicknamed “Romantic Island,” of French Polynesia in the South Pacific, this beach has been known to be the backdrop of many a wedding proposal. If you want to be away from just about everybody else, it’s easy as the beaches are so remote, you’d think you’re the only two on the island.
Make sure to bring sunscreen for two. Men almost never pack their SPF and rely on their partners to bring it, so have it handy! Also, slip dresses and bikinis are light, so bring as many as you see fit!