5 Beaches for Sun & Fun Post QuarantineMay 5, 2020 | By Leah Freeman-Haskin
For those of us who love to travel, our wanderlust is only growing stronger during these times of quarantine and social distancing. If you find yourself daydreaming about rugged coastlines and crystal blue waters, rest assured that the time for travel will return. When it does, here are 5 beaches that will instantly fulfill your wanderlust and wash away these soon to be distant memories of confinement.
Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos is a beach paradise with a world-renowned party scene. This Greek island is tucked among the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea providing some of the most stunning views in the world. White-washed homes line the shores and crystal blue water stretches as far as the eye can see. Paradise Beach is one of the most popular clothing-optional beaches on the island. The shores are packed during the summer months with vacationers who left their inhibitions at home. Although complete nudity is rare, you can expect to see many topless sunbathers during the day. And at night, the beach bars come alive with music, drinks, and dancing well into the morning.
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For sunning, partying and people watching, head to world-famous Copacabana Beach. Thousands of people from all over the world flock here to relax, strut, pose, and play. Located in Zona Sul, the beach stretches for 2.2 miles with bars, stands selling fresh coconut water, and volleyball courts. Copacabana Beach is a hive of constant activity with Rio de Janeiro residents enjoying sports on the sand. The most exciting time to visit is on New Year’s Eve when the beach is blanketed with over 2 million visitors who come to watch the world-famous fireworks show. Other times of the year, you can still enjoy the daytime beach culture and eclectic and highly energetic nightlife scene.
Dover Beach, Barbados
Travelers in search of a less crowded shoreline will appreciate Dover Beach’s relaxed vibe. If you are looking for daytime activities, the beach’s waves make it less than ideal for activities like paddle boarding and kayaking, but its waters are great for surfing, jet skiing, and body surfing. Located just a couple of miles south of the Barbados Boardwalk, you still have access to several bars and restaurants once you’ve gotten your fill of sunshine. Enjoy happy hour specials and Caribbean views on this island paradise. Once the sun sets you can head over to the St Lawrence Gap for a night full of good food and dancing at one of the many restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora
Located at the southern tip of Bora Bora’s mainland, Matira Beach is often regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in all of French Polynesia. A popular spot for watching the sunset, snorkeling, and topless sunbathing, you can enjoy fun and sun without leaving the sun-soaked sand. The mile-long stretch of beach is framed by lush palm trees and green hills in the background and crystal clear waters that dissolve into blue skies along the horizon. Its calm, lagoon waters are ideal for all-day beach activities for the entire family and unforgettable sunsets.
South Beach, Miami, Florida
When it comes to sun and fun, South Beach has all the ingredients. Sprawling for 2-plus miles along Miami Beach’s southeastern tip, South Beach offers ample space to bask in the sunshine while enjoying the pristine views, colorful architecture, and lively beats from Latin to EDM. Glamour, luxury, and flavor can best describe the South Beach vibe with five-star restaurants, beach-side accommodations, and a lively night scene with bars and clubs to suit every taste.