Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re dreaming of waves, surf, sun, and sand, you’re not alone. An oceanside getaway might be just what you need to escape from life’s hustle and bustle. If you’re in search of an extra dose of peace, skip the usual spots, escape the crowds, and jet to one of these off-the-beaten-path beach destinations that’ll leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
We’ve included a couple of our U.S. favorites, as well as locales abroad, to make the most of your PTO and get some serious R&R. Now, all you need to do is plan your trip, pack the sunscreen, and away you go.
1. Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca sits off the coast of Barcelona in the Mediterranean Sea, and is the largest island of four in the Balearic chain. Riddled with hidden white-sand and rocky beaches all along its driveable coast, it’s the perfect place to post up and hide out for a stint. Pristine aqua-blue water and warm temperatures make for pleasant swimming all summer long, and late sunsets ensure lengthy beach days.
Pro Tip: Hit any grocery store for picnic fixings, and head from Palma, the capital, to Cala Deià — a stunning beach on the west side of the island.
Where to Stay: Kimpton Aysla Mallorca
2. San Diego, California
With California’s competitive (and always-busy) beach scene, it’s tough to find an oceanside slice of calm. That said, part of San Diego’s magic is its laid-back atmosphere (including lots of sand and sun) making it one of the best cities in So-Cal for beach bumming.
Grab a good book and head to Black’s Beach for some peaceful reading and bird watching. To reach this two-mile sandy stretch, which is located below dazzling 300-foot cliffs, you’ll hike about 40 minutes — a reliable deterrent to the drive-up crowd — and well worth it.
Pro Tip: Once you’ve had your fill of the sun, visit the city’s Gaslamp Quarter where you’ll find dueling piano bars and the best fish tacos in the state.
Where to Stay: Kimpton Alma
3. West Bay, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman Island, the largest of the three Caymans, is buried deep in the western Caribbean and features the famous Seven Mile Beach in West Bay. True to its name, this long, crescent-shaped stretch of coral-sand beach runs for nearly seven miles, making it an ideal area for striking morning and evening oceanside walks.
Unlike other areas of the Caribbean, you’ll find this one less busy and prime for relaxation. Simply grab your girlfriends and go.
Pro Tip: Time your walks to the tide so you can maximize how far you’re able to adventure. Then, lose yourself in thought to the backdrop of a soft breeze and the waves lapping against the shore.
Where to Stay: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
4. Key West, Florida
For an accessible domestic spot with an exotic-island vibe, head to Key West in Florida. White-sand beaches line this paradise, and the water stays warm for ocean activities year round. If you’re up for a sport, consider snorkeling, sailing, or fishing in the gulf’s shallow waters. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love touring the quaint town of Key West and stopping at Ernest Hemmingway’s home where he wrote several novels.
Then, at night, jump on a sunset cruise for a serene way to round out the day.
Pro Tip: Keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins — they enjoy basking in the tepid water all year long.
Where to Stay: Kimpton Fitch Lodge