8 Pristine Beach Destinations You Deserve a Getaway To
Beach vacations always seem a little more romantic when you are escaping to an island, which makes Corsica the ideal beach destination in Europe. The rocky island off the coast of mainland France is an eclectic mix of French culture (hello, fresh croissants every morning) and glorious Mediterranean beaches.
You will encounter an intriguing blend of adventure and elegance on this exotic isle. Outside of picturesque French towns, wild beaches and glittering bays backed by mountains make this an unforgettable location, while the craggy interior, full of valleys and dense forests, beckons more adventurous visitors for day excursions.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is a resort city that encapsulates everything a good beach getaway should be. There are miles of photogenic beaches, dozens of water-based activities to choose from, and after dark you can brush off your sandy feet and explore the upbeat nightlife.
If the thought of tequila-chugging tourists puts you off though, don’t worry — there is plenty more to Cabo San Lucas than just getting rowdy in bars. Natural wonders abound, both close to town and slightly further afield, and hiring a car is a great way to explore the desert landscapes and more secluded beaches.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
This Pacific island might be hard to get to, but it’s worth every hour of the flight. Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands and home to some of the most peaceful and beautiful beaches in the whole region.
Drama and beauty combine on the mountainous island surrounded by fiery coral reef.
Despite the scenic location, there aren’t the number of ritzy resorts that populate other nearby islands — in most places, modest palm-thatched huts line the blue water. The simple nature of Rarotonga gives this beach vacation a refreshingly uncomplicated feel.