Best Spots to Live that Beach Bum Lifestyle
Lying in the sun all day drinking margaritas (or whatever your fruity frozen drink of choice) sounds like absolute paradise. There are so many great beaches to choose from, though – where do you even begin?
Here are 15 great spots to go to melt your cares away.
The Bahamas are made up of a number of islands, and most visitors end up on the largest island, Nassau. Since Eleuthera is off the beaten-path, it isn’t as crowded or filled with other tourists, so if you’re looking for a slower pace, it’s the place to be.
While you’re there, stay in this charming rainbow-colored house right on the ocean. It’s on a private, pink sand beach.
Railay Beach, Thailand
If you like places off the beaten path, look no further than Railay. Due to its limestone cliffs, Railay is accessible only by boat. There are no vehicles in the town, which makes gives it a quiet atmosphere and ambling feel.
This cozy villa has a slick modern feel with the comforts of home, but don’t worry – it’s still surrounded by nature. You might even run into some monkeys.
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Puerto Escondido is in the Oaxacan province in Mexico. While many popular spots like Cancun and the Mayan Riviera are on the Atlantic, Puerto Escondido is on the Pacific and, as a result, has some great waves. The beaches there attract many surfers, and the surrounding area definitely has that chill surfer vibe.
If you’re looking for an activity more relaxing than surfing, you can sit on the porch of this loft in your hammock. No piece of furniture was more designed for beach-lazy than a hammock.
Bondi Beach, Australia
Nothing says “beach bum” quite like Australia, and Bondi is one of its most famous beaches. What makes Bondi so unique is its vibe – cafes and pubs frequented by surfers, backpackers, and hipsters make Bondi feel like the kind of place where the beach isn’t an escape, it’s a lifestyle.
While you’re there, stay in this boho chic apartment. Its rooftop terrace is a great place to people watch.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Okay, okay – the photo is of a house in the jungle. But that’s the beauty of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. It has many beautiful beaches, including Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita, but it also has spots nestled away in the lush, tropical rainforest.
Start your day with a fresh cup of coffee on the terrace in the jungle, and end it on a sandy beach. Nothing could be more perfect.
Inch Beach, Ireland
Ireland may not be the first place you think of when you think of beaches, but it does have some truly gorgeous ones. While Inch Beach might not be the kind of place you lay out your towel and get a tan, it’s a beautiful place to walk around and take in the breathtaking view of the ocean with the backdrop of the hills. Not to mention County Kerry has a nice pub or two.
Check out this quaint chalet. Don’t forget to pop by the local pub and have a pint of Guinness, if you fancy.
Tinhare Island, Brazil
Tinhare is another location accessible only by boat or charter flight, with no motor vehicles. If you that doesn’t sound remote enough, consider this – the town on the island, Morro de Sao Paulo, only got electricity in 1985.
Modern amenities aren’t lacking, however, in this charming villa, complete with its own pool.
Venice Beach, California, USA
Though Venice Beach is now home to some top tech companies, its longstanding reputation was as a place for artists and anyone else attracted to the casual, devil-may-care beach lifestyle. You can still get a sense of it as you walk along the boardwalk and see the many artisans selling their crafts.
Venice, like its famous Italian counterpart, has beautiful canals. Stay in a bungalow on the canal to get a great view.
The island of Madagascar is known for its beautiful natural scenery, including its famous Baobab trees. While many tourists go there on safari to see the wildlife, since it’s an island, Madagascar has some beautiful beaches as well, including Ifaty.
Ifaty is nestled between two fishing villages, but this villa, with its deck and pool, is anything but quaint. It also offers a great view of the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds it.
Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver
Just outside of downtown Vancouver is Kitsilano Beach. It’s truly spectacular for a beach to be able to offer a view of both the oceans and the mountains, and Kitsilano does just that. The calm waters make it ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding, but if you just want to lie around, the view can’t be beat.
Stay in this charming house by the beach, and don’t forget to take in the private garden.
Many compare Hvar’s charms to those of the South of France, and, while that’s a helpful comparison if you’ve never heard of Hvar, it’s unfair to an island that has its own distinct appeal. The small island is the perfect place to stroll through the harbor, duck into a cafe, or spend some time on the beach. Unlike the sometimes crowded Cote d’Azur, as an island, Hvar gets a lot less traffic.
If you want to get a real feel for the place, stay at this stone cottage, that perfectly captures that old-world feel that makes Hvar so special.
Vieux-Fort, St. Lucia
St. Lucia is one of the jewels of the Caribbean. The Pitons, one of its picturesque attractions, are two mountain-like structures made from hardened lava. If you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes in the crystal-clear water, St. Lucia is the place to do it.
While some beaches have quainter accommodations, like cabins and cottages, the island of St. Lucia knows how to do luxury. This villa offers modern decor, a pool, a room overlooking the ocean, and even your own private chef. Hey, even beach bums gotta eat.
While you may have heard of Spain’s party island, Ibiza, you might not know about Tenerife. The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is an extremely popular tourist spot, but mostly to Brits. There’s a reason it’s so popular. It offers the best of natural scenery, with Spain’s tallest mountain, combined with a vibrant nightlife.
If you want to wake up each morning with a view of the ocean worthy of poems, look no further. You’ll never want to leave.
Lisbon is shaping up to be Europe’s new hotspot, but its best beaches are located on the other side of the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge. Trafaria is on that other side. Only a quick ferry ride from Lisbon, Trafaria is not a tourist hotspot – yet. If you’re looking to escape, better do it now, before word gets out.
If you want to stay on the beach, try this cabin that is literally on the beach. While you’re in Portugal, try their famous garlic shrimp – you won’t be disappointed.
Okay, again, not your typical beach spot. But how many beaches can boast a dazzling view of the northern lights? If you’re looking to relax on a beach with a totally different vibe from your usual palm trees, Reykjavik is the place to do it. Nautholsvik beach is a geothermal beach, with warm water being added to the cool ocean water, to make it more hospitable for swimming despite Iceland’s northerly location. If you want to see the Northern Lights, the season is October until March.
Stay in a loft with a hip vibe and an unbeatable view, and drink it all in.
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