Dream Destinations: Beaches

Surf, sand, and sun await you at these beautiful beach escapes.

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Hawaii is home to hundreds of beaches.

Hawaii

The votes are tallied, and Cooking Light readers’ pick for the world’s best beaches are the islands known for clear air, green mountains, and unforgettable seaside stays.

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During winter migration, roughly December through March, humpback whales pass close enough to allow you to whale-watch from shore. January traditionally offers the most viewing opportunities.

Sayulita, Mexico

Enjoy this fit destination year round with activities throughout the summer and winter.

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Cayo Costa State Park is one of the best shelling destinations in the world.

Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast

Watch dolphins bob in the sound in the morning, then try your hand at fishing off the resort’s pier in the afternoon

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At 1,943 feet deep, the lake is just as astonishing a shade of blue as any Hawaiian deep-water dive site.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Enjoy this fit destination year round with activities throughout the summer and winter.

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Artists began coming to this part of Orange County at the turn of the 20th century to paint the landscape en plein air.

Laguna Beach, California

This beautiful bit of shore is an artist's paradise.

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The family-owned Air and Speed Surf Shop operation offers surf lessons, as well as board- and wet suit-rentals.

Montauk, New York

Seafood, scenery, and surfing make this destination worth the trip.

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