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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.

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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 taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 63 Comments

  1. Ashley Moore

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

  2. Esther Earl Harris

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

  3. Lela House

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

  4. Kimberly Vigil

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

  5. Rosemary Robles

    Nice to see Greece getting some love here. (:

  6. Wendy Hearn

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

  7. Christine Muchoe

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

  8. 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.
    http://www.mustique-island.com/villa/stargroves

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

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