The only decision you need to make? Where to escape to first.
In life it’s often “about the journey, not the destination,” but right now – it’s ALL about the destination. 10 dreamy warm-weather destinations in fact, as chosen by Fodor’s as the top 10 Best Beach Getaways For 2016. Paired alongside? The perfect swimsuits for sunning, swimming or otherwise, so the only decision you need to make is where to escape to first.
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The Destination: Philippines, Southeast Asia
The Scoop: More than 7,000 islands offer an endless variety of beach experiences in the welcoming Philippines, offering a unique mix of indigenous and European cultures in Southeast Asia.
What We’d Wear: Khongboon Swimwear’s Asturias One Piece ($75.00)
The Destination: Sicily, Italy
The Scoop: Golden sands, pebbly coves, nature reserves and bustling seaside resorts call Sicily home, boasting 600+ miles of coastline. Tip: if you’re looking for wild and untouched stretches of sand, head to the southern part of the island.
What We’d Wear: Emilio Pucci’s Crocheted Cotton Triangle Bikini ($590.00)
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The Scoop: A mix of authentic beach towns, all-inclusive resorts and colonial history mark this 192-mile stretch of Pacific coastline near Puerto Vallarta, flying further under-the-radar vs. destinations like Cancún or Los Cabos. Tip: charter a private tour to take you to the famous “Hidden Beach” in the uninhabited Marietas Islands, only accessible by swimming through a narrow cave on low tide.
The Destination: Emerald Coast, Ecuador
The Scoop: Low-key charms including green-focused eco-resorts look to preserve and celebrate the wild character of Ecuador’s Emerald Coast, offering visitors a rustic alternative to neighboring Salinas or Cuenca.
What We’d Wear: KTB’s Dharma One Piece in Gold ($315.00)
The Destination: Guadeloupe & Martinique, French-Caribbean
The Scoop: Offering breathtaking beaches, top-tier gastronomy, French culture and colonial history, your only problem planning a trip to these two enchanting French-Caribbean destinations is which to visit first.
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The Destination: Antigua & Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean
The Scoop: With 365 stretches of beach (“one for every day of the year,” as locals say) you’re privy to endless beauty and wonder on Antigua and its undeveloped sister island Barbuda. Tip: Head to spectacular Darkwood Beach in Antigua for a truly secluded experience (you’ll find nary a building in sight), or Barbuda for its famed pink sand beaches.
What We’d Wear: SOMA’s Slimming One Piece in Tamed ($150.00)
The Destination: Tumon, Guam
The Scoop: While it’s not the easiest (or cheapest) to get to, visiting Tumon, Guam in the Western Pacific is worth it for perfect year-round temps, powdery white beaches, gentle waves, teeming coral reefs, and delicious culinary traditions.
The Destination: Byron Bay, Australia
The Scoop: 1 hour’s drive south of Australia’s Gold Coast, laid-back surfers and an increasingly upscale crowd flock to Byron Bay for fabulous beaches, storms that spin rainbows across the mountains behind the town, tolerant locals and a sunny, relaxed vibe.
What We’d Wear: Abysse’s Wynona Black Wetsuit ($500.00)
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The Destination: San Sebastián, Spain
The Scoop: Situated at the heart of Spain’s culturally unique Basque Country, head to La Concha beach in San Sebastián for its renowned promenade, beautiful golden sand and idyllic swimming waters fulfilling nearly every idea of the perfect city beach.
The Destination: San Diego, CA
The Scoop: San Diego’s 70+ miles of pristine coastline can rival any beach in Hawaii or the Mediterranean in terms of beauty and variety, backed by dramatic sheer cliffs and exotic coves amongst palm trees and shimmering blue water. Tip: You’ll find a beach in this Southern Californian city for just about everyone, from the sun-bather to the surfer to the clothing optional (Black’s Beach).