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Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

Where to stay, when to go, what to pack, and activities to experience.


Life is hard sometimes, #amIright? Buddha knew it, too, so much so that he made this fact the first of his Four Noble Truths. Work, money, bills, your partner, your family, your health, the damn traffic in this town — You. Need. A. Vacation.

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

That’s where we come in. Here are guides to three incredible beach destinations where you can get away from it all. Keep reading and, when you’re done drooling over the photos, start packing:

Greek Islands

Rich with history, from the Paleolithic Era to the powerful reign of the Romans, Greece is one of the most interesting vacation destinations in Europe. And that’s not even mentioning its many wonderful islands, loaded with natural beauty and great cafes and sprinkled with forts and museums for history buffs.

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

Chania, the second largest city in Crete

Visit Crete, perhaps the most colorful and intriguing of Greece’s islands. Its rugged mountains, ancient remains and beautiful city of Chania make this a must-see. Wander the old town, enjoy the busy market and take in the Venetian-Ottoman culture.

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

The shoreline in Kalamata is varied, from cliff to sandy beach

If you’d rather avoid the second flight or ferry ride, Kalamata is less than a 2 hour drive from Athens (or 2.5 by express bus) and includes great beachfronts. Situated at the apex of the crystal-blue Messinian Bay and at the foot of the imposing Mount Taygetos, it is an idyllic vacation spot.

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

An ancient Messene and the stadium near Kalamata, Greece

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

The old part of the city, Kalamata, Greece

Kalamata is the ideal base for those who want to discover the secrets of Messinia, since it is centrally situated and many of the tourist and cultural destinations are easily reached by car. For a romantic evening, visit the castle of Kalamata (13th century AD), paying a 2 euro entrance fee; you can have nice view of the town and the sunset from the top of the castle.

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

Horizon Blu in Kalamata, Greece

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

Horizon Blu in Kalamata, Greece

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

Horizon Blu hotel in Kalamata, Greece

Stay at Horizon Blu hotel in Kalamata, then drive just over an hour away (or have the hotel pick you up), to The Romanos, a 5-star luxury boutique resort on the coast (in Costa Navarino) with an especially luxurious spa and two golf courses.

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

The Romanos resort

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

The Romanos resort

Your Guide To 3 Gorgeous Beach Vacation Destinations

The Romanos resort

Flights from the US are expensive and long (10.5 hours at minimum, up to to 24 hours if you’re connecting to an island, depending on the flight path), so make sure to book enough time off of work to make it worth the effort it takes to get there.

Be sure to pack enough cash, as ATMs are scarce on the Greek Islands. When you get there, buy bottled water at a local grocery store — don’t drink the tap water anywhere. Also, be sure to collect a few plastic bags to throw away used toilet paper. Why? Because you cannot flush the toilets in many villas and hotels. This may take some getting used to, but having plenty of plastic bags on hand will allow you to discard trash and odor without it becoming overflowing or overwhelming. As for clothing, even summer nights can get chilly, so pack a couple of cashmere sweaters, a windbreaker, pants and a long-sleeve shirt or two.

Weather: May to September is the best season, with temperature highs of 75 to 79 degrees. The rest of the year is cold, with temperatures dipping to the mid-40’s. The number of hours where you can expect sunshine also varies widely, from a measly 3 hours per day in the winter to 13 hours per day at the peak in July.

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 60 Comments

  1. Brett Lee

    I want a quiet, spectacular and private beach for my summer break!

  2. Rosalia Russell

    Mustique is my favorite!

  3. I wonder, have been to all of these?!

  4. Elizabeth Gonzalez

    Oh no, I want to experience and enjoy at least one of these beaches, but I’m worried about how much I need to spend!

  5. Connie Schmidt

    Now I’m having a hard time thinking which one to visit first *sigh* 😵

  6. Maxine Ford

    I’m hoping to see “ravishing coastlines”

  7. Esther Devine

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. Joan Morales

    I need vacation badly! So stressed! 😞 😢

  9. Brittany West

    Thanks for the tip on bringing cash when exploring Greek islands 😉

  10. Lisa Bryson

    Tempting turquoise waters…

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  12. Eloise Ferris

    Majestic beaches!!!

    • Karen Abeyta

      Yes, these beaches are gorgeous and glamorous!

  13. Genie Mackenzie

    OMG! Can’t wait for summer! 🌞 🛁

  14. April Henry

    Mmmm… I’m excited for the Crete escape!

  15. Linda Williams

    If I could just jump from my laptop onto this pictures just to be in these places! Really gorgeous!

  16. Cotton House has very accommodating staffs! A good place to stay in and relax!

  17. Alena Martin

    Going to Mustique looks really expensive! But I think I’m gonna invest in it for my travel! So much worth it

  18. Joss Butler

    my gf and I went to Chania together with her family last August. that’s when I proposed during the sunset, and she said YES!

  19. Jack Furitter

    Brought my Wife in Punta Cana for our Honeymoon. She really loves the place. It was all perfect because I went there with her.

  20. Juli Woods

    Carribean BEACH!!!!! So Romantic! More than perfect for Anniversary Celebrations!

  21. For sure, these are aaaallll expensive! Oh My Wallet! 🙁

  22. Maria Bruce

    These places are perfect for some sweet escape!

  23. Quin Meri

    What foods can you suggest for Mustique? Looks like a lovely place! Who knows which celebrity you may encounter!

  24. Jenifer Jeni

    Wow! I could suggest this for my birthday with my family! I’m sure Mom and Dad would love this!

  25. Gayle Bishop

    So hard to decide… All these beaches are perfect! Thank you so much for the photos!

  26. Susan Schillinger

    I enjoy tropical drink in the sand while looking at the water. Hmmmm… which of these three should I try first?!

  27. Carlene Homes

    I want to enjoy the feeling of seclusion on my own patch of perfect beach. I wish you suggested more. At least, ten (maybe)…

  28. Kristi Ethier

    So excited!!! Thanks for the pictures!

  29. Lillian Ward

    I’m looking for a special beach that can become me and boyfriend’s ultimate getaway!!!

  30. Christina Herrera

    I want stunning beach with privacy and enough prestige! Write more about beaches, please?!

  31. Kristin Tiller

    Whenever I plan for a “beach vacation,” I always consider the sand, the water and the comfort. Your article is fantastic! Thanks!

  32. Jewell Pettway

    Spectacular beaches!!!

  33. Ruth Swift

    Perfect article! Admittedly, when I think of vacation, I always see soft, powdery white beaches in my mind.

  34. Clara Cote

    My mind’s singing (to the tune of Bruno Mars’ song): “Today, I don’t feel like doing anything, I just want to go to the beach…” LOL

  35. Elvira Taylor

    I think I’m going to find “soulful solitudes” in one of these. Thanks for the write up.

  36. Nicole Schmidt

    I have the impression that these beaches are hidden.

  37. Carol Wood

    I’d like to find perfection in these places where land and water meet!

  38. Stephanie Savage

    Whew! I’d like to enjoy these beaches and experience luxurious pampering afterwards! 😁 🌞

  39. Maria Lien

    These are all attractive, but I wish you should have added more. I mean, to me, these seems hard to visit. I’m coming from New York.

  40. Lorie Stewart

    Amazing list! Yeah, you had me drooling!

  41. Rita Boddie

    You reminded me of my fond memories at Crete

  42. Ashley Moore

    I really have to go to all of these places. so beautiful!!

  43. Esther Earl Harris

    Really God’s masterpieces! Thanks for having a chance to have even a glimpse of all of these.

  44. Lela House

    Incredible shots! Envious of anyone who’s ever gotten the chance to see these sights in person!

  45. Kimberly Vigil

    I’ve seen Dominican Republic with my fiance. Pretty amazing.

  46. Rosemary Robles

    Nice to see Greece getting some love here. (:

  47. Wendy Hearn

    Wow!!!! Such a wonderful beaches!!!! I wanna go there after reading this article!!!!! 🙂

  48. Christine Muchoe

    All of these places look like dreams. I’m in love!

  49. I got to Mustique a lot. I kinda hate that it’s getting more well-known, but it’s still -by far- the best island in the Caribbean.

  50. Just what I needed to read! My boyfriend wants to take me on a trip and I’m supposed to figure out where… these suggestions are perfect. Now to pick one of the three… I’m thinking either Mustique or the DR, because they’re closer… Hmmm…

  51. After my aunt gave me the series of Greek mythology books as a birthday present, it became my childhood dream to visit the Minoan palace at Knossos! Have been a history geek all throughout middle-school. It’s always a good idea to variate between touring sights and lazying on the beach. So of these three my choices would be the Dominicana and Crete. Going to be in Europe for work next month, so might as well take a couple of days off to visit some Greek islands.

  52. I adore Mustique. It’s a gorgeous spot filled with gorgeous people.

  53. I think I will definitely be checking out Mustique! I haven’t been to that part of the island yet and I can see that there really is something special about that place. I love discovering beach destinations and this one is sure to be on my list. 😀

  54. I’m shooting in Mustique next week! I’ll see if we can stay or shoot at Cotton House. Looks incredible!

  55. Francis Woods

    Firefly looks really fun! I’m going to see if I can convince one of my best friends who’s getting married to do her bachelorette there! It would be so perfect for that!

  56. I’ve simply GOT to plan a trip to one of these locations – ASAP!!

  57. I’ve stayed at Cotton House – it’s fabulous. Highly recommend it. Didn’t know about that city in Greece – looks interesting… same with the other resorts you mentioned. Good tips!

  58. Wow – Mustique looks incredible. Seems like a seriously stress-free and super-safe island, which I have been looking for. After getting mugged in Jamaica, I would much rather play it safe and vacation in Mustique or St Barths. I hadn’t heard of Mustique before, but I’m *definitely* going to go this year. 🙂

  59. I thought Mustique didn’t have casual / fun resorts. Thanks for letting me know about Firefly. I’m going to book a trip there ASAP. Looks amazingly fun and relaxing!

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