Friday, December 14, 2012

Escape to These 3 Great Beaches

With winter’s official start just days away, it’s a good time to plan a trip to a nice, warm, sunny beach. Here are three of the best in the world.

7 Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Palm trees await you
on Cayman's 7 Mile Beach.
It's been called the "ultimate beach," and with good reason. While only 5 1/2 miles long, it features clear waters and soft, pristine coral sands along its length. The entire beach is also public, which makes it easily accessible no matter where you're staying. You'll also have a great opportunity to catch the flavor of local culture when area residents hit the beach to cool off. There are several resorts and first class hotels along the beach, with restaurants and bars open to the public strolling through the sand. So you can save money staying in Cayman vacation rentals and enjoy one of the best beaches in the world. Swim with friendly stingrays, scuba the beautiful waters at Cemetery Reef, and swing up to the Cayman Turtle Farm to see the majestic sea creatures that made Cayman famous.

South Beach, Miami
Your pool at your W Hotel Condo
in the heart of South Beach.
Skimpy beach wear, late night (all night?) parties and beautiful people all around -- no this isn't a day at the local lake, this is South Beach. And if you're looking for action and excitement along with your sun and surf, then take a look at the Miami vacation rentals for lodging. You'll be able to take part in all the fun and have a quiet place to relax and recover for the next nights "activities." Even if you're not into partying, there's still plenty to enjoy in South Beach. There are lots of great dining, entertainment and people watching to be had, and South Beach is a historic district, so the architecture is simply amazing.

Maui, Hawaii
View of the beach from your balcony.
From world-class snorkeling on the north end, to a bicycle descent from the top of the Haleakela Volcano, lots of shops and restaurants, whale viewing, all this and more within easy reach of Maui vacation rentalsMaui boasts 30 miles of beaches, mostly white, but you'll also find unique black and red sand beaches. Kaanapali on the west is one of America's Best Beaches, Makena Beach State Park is one of the largest beaches on the island, and Hamoa Beach was called the most beautiful beach in the Pacific by author James Michener. And those are just three of the more than dozen beaches on this beautiful and enchanting island. Nearly everyone who's visited the Hawaiian Islands and Maui will tell you Maui is their favorite island. Of course, the other islands are well worth a week's vacation, but Maui's got a little bit of everything to see and do.