Coronado Beach starts at historic Hotel del Coronado and runs north to a dog-friendly beach.

San Diego’s Best Beaches

A roundup of San Diego’s best beaches. Whether you have children to entertain or are on your own ready for sun, sand, & surf, there’s a beach here for you.

Sunrise at Playa Zipolite on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state.

Playa Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca

Playa Zipolite, a wide, mile-long strand of brilliant golden sand enfolded by headlands and backed by palm groves, is simply stunning. Aside from it’s great surf, Zipolite is famous for being Mexico’s only nudist beach.

A rocky cliff rises above a crescent beach with yellow sand.

Best Beaches of Makapu‘u and Waimanalo, O‘ahu

The best beaches of Makapu‘u and Waimanalo are all a bit different, some with the most breathtaking scenery, others with dozens of tide pools to explore, or great opportunities for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. There’s even beach-side camping.

A view of Toronto from the Ward's Island Ferry.

Visiting the Toronto Islands

Just a short ferry ride across the harbor from downtown, the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario are the city’s backyard. Learn about the different islands and plan to escape the urban bustle by lounging at the beach, cruising around by bike or kayak, or having a picnic.

The Ohai Trail awards hikers with panoramic vistas of the island’s North Shore.

West Maui Hiking Trails

There aren’t nearly as many hiking trails on the West Side of Maui as you might expect. Much of the access in West Maui is blocked by private land or lack of proper trails. Nevertheless, the hiking options in West Maui offer their own sort of beauty, from stunning coastal treks to grueling ridgeline hikes.

The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail system stretches over half the island.

Following the King’s Trail in Kohala

A conglomeration of several trails, the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail system stretches over half the island. The National Park Service is working on improving the usability of these trails even more, but for now, there is about a 15-mile section that one can easily follow, with various access points depending on how long you wish to explore.

Rocks jut out of the sand at Hanalei Bay on Kauai's northern shore.

Best Beaches in Hanalei, Kaua‘i

The best beaches in Hanalei are along Hanalei Bay & Waikoko Beach, all excellent for sun, sand, and surf. Hanalei Bay is big, popular, and full of conveniences, while Waikoko is smaller and less-crowded but still located close to Hanalei’s amenities.