The world has some unique places, but do they all have the most important thing- a beach? Definitely not! If you’re one who requires a bit of fun-in-the-sun on every holiday, the following destinations are a must. From the nightlife of Brazil to the seaside retreats of France, here are our top picks!

Boca Grande, Florida, USA

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This simple, Old Florida style island town has tree-lined streets and historically preserved homes. Quirky restaurants like Temptation serve up locally-caught grouper and soft-shell crab. Forget the roadrage, though, as Boca Grande is notorious for it’s lack of stoplights.  

Essaouira, Morocco

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Feel like Daenerys Targaryen on the streets of Essaouira, Morocco. It’s true that the Game of Thrones city of Astapor was filmed here, so it’s easy to location-hunt your way around the village. The beach, however, is reserved for relaxation.

Gearhart, Oregon, USA

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It’s quiet around Gearhart, Oregon- apart from the herds of wild elk that roam freeling around town! Stay in this quaint Pacific Northwest town for a classic beachfront experience with a twist. We hear the stargazing from the sand-packed beach is a favorite activity for locals!

Saint-Malo, France

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With an ancient pool carved into the beaches of this fortified (walled) Medieval French city, Saint-Malo is a seriously cool beach town experience. Spot silly tourists from telescopes on the city wall or play the fool yourself (there’s a great diving board into the beach-pool).

Seaside, Florida, USA

If the extremely neat and tidy streets of the 1998 film The Truman Show looked enticing, good news! The town where the movie was filmed is just as adorable today as it was then. Seaside, on Florida’s famed 30A coastal drive, is a mecca for movie buffs, families, and wedding parties.

Tenby Harbour, Wales, UK

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Imagine a blissful beach tucked underneath the walls of a fortified Medieval city on the United Kingdom coast. Got that in your head? Tenby Harbour in Wales takes this vision and makes it a reality!

Chincoteague, Virginia, USA

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Located on an island just off the Virginia coast, Chincoteague is home to a 37 mile long nature preserve where wild horses, herons, and foxes live in harmony. Restored Victorian-era homes are repurposed as idyllic B&Bs and restaurants in every direction.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Game of Thrones obsessors know that Dubrovnik was a main filing location in early seasons of the show. Climb the walls of this ancient city and pretend you’re at the Red Keep. To hit the water, try cliff jumping from the city walls!

Hart, Michigan, USA

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Exploring the massive Silver Lake Sand Dunes complex is the number one experience on the Michigan coast. Sand buggy races, festive fireworks, and summertime farmer’s markets make Hart an unconventional beachy experience.

Nida, Lithuania

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An artist’s colony tucked into the border of Lithuania and Russia, Nida rests on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Curonian Spit. Legend has it that these sand dunes (some towering over 200 meters) hold the buried remains of some fourteen time-lost villages.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Didn’t expect to see vistas of snow-capped mountains while relaxing on the sunny beach? Vancouver, British Columbia really has something for every season of the year!

Brighton, UK

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Bright beach huts mark the colorful coast of London’s favorite seaside escape. Brighton, just an hour south of the metropolis, has winding lanes, a historic (complete with restaurants and fair games) pier, and miles of cobbly beaches.

Rockport, Texas, USA

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If exploring a 1,000 year old oak tree sounds like an interesting experience, add Rockport, Texas to your beach town bucket list. The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge takes center stage in this Gulf Coast natural wonderland.

Orient Beach, St. Martin

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Forget your swimsuit at home when visiting Orient Beach in St. Martin. While going nude is completely optional, it’s important to note that most of the beach perusers partake in the bottomless fun!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Teeny bikinis, colorful beachfront scenes, and all-night partying make Rio de Janeiro the most lively beach town in the world. Simply walk along the beach at night to happen upon a few of the best nightclubs around South America.

Marina di Pisciotta, Italy

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Perched high above the coast on a cliff, Pisciotta is a hidden gem on the southern Italian coast. The Marina (below the town on the water) is a picturesque port, while Pisciotta plays the role of charming village, complete with narrow streets and hidden piazzas.

Venice Beach, California, USA

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Complete with seven miles of beach, muscled locals, and famed Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach is California’s most quirky coastal town. Don’t worry- there are plenty of places to rent roller skates to cruise with the locals!

Sydney, Australia

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Catch sight of famous celebrities tanning their award-winning bodies on the Sydney, Australia beach of Bondi. The iconic over-the-water swimming pool and coastal walk are a must.

Todos, Mexico

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This little artist’s community hidden away from the spring break party crowd of Cabo has the charm to keep you coming back for more. The beach, Los Cerritos, is perfect for families and beginning swimmers.

Tybee Island, Georgia, USA

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Pirate lovers are welcome on the streets and beaches of Tybee Island, Georgia each autumn during the town’s annual Pirate Festival. Only a half hour from the quintessential Southern haven of Savannah, Tybee Island shows a quirkier side of the Atlantic coast.

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