These days, it feels like we’re all due for a vacation. And when it comes to destinations, few spots melt stress like the beach. Between the soft sand and lapping waves, they always make your troubles feel miles away. If you’re in the market for that sort of experience, consider travelling to one of these six spots. So long as you’re prepared to follow procedures, they’ll happily provide your coveted relaxation.
Here is a list of beaches around the world that you can actually visit right now.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Mexico is full of fascinating spots, from ancient Mayan temples to bustling street markets. If you’re hoping to kick back and relax, though, Playa del Carmen is the place to be. Soak up the sun at Playa Punta Esmeralda, then spend the evening touring the shops of Quinta Avenida. Alternatively, you can visit the local museum, or go snorkeling in a natural cenote. As of now, most hotels in the area are accepting bookings, and all flights are operational. Simply fill out a health declaration form, and you’ll be free to experience this beachside paradise.
Eleuthera, The Bahamas
The Bahamas are renowned for their beauty, and rightfully so. If you want to experience it firsthand, take a trip to Eleuthera. Between its pink sands and reef formations, the area abounds with natural beauty. Whether you’re eager to take a dip, or sit in the shade and admire the scenery from afar, you’ll be right at home in Eleuthera. That said, be prepared to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test if you want to pay those colourful beaches a visit.
Jaco, Costa Rica
Jaco, found on the coast of Costa Rica, holds a number of attractions. There are no less than three stunning beaches to choose from: Jaco Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Bahía Herradura. If those aren’t your speed, you can opt for a rainforest adventure instead, or stop to admire Bijagual Waterfall. If any of those options sound appealing, you’d better get booking. At the time of writing, 75% of hotels have availability, and 69% of flights are operational.
Sometimes, bigger means better. That’s certainly the case with Negril’s sprawling Seven Mile Beach. Having so much coastline to explore sounds like a dream come true, no? And that’s without considering the cherry on top: a 19th century lighthouse, atop which you can enjoy a scenic view of the ocean. Before you start planning your excursion, though, know you’ll need to present a negative COVID test on departure, as well as quarantine upon arrival.
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Why choose Puerto Plata? For the golden sands of Playa Dorada, not to mention the cozy resorts surrounding it. And that’s just the tip of the enticement iceberg; there’s also kitesurfing, cable car rides, a plethora of waterfalls, and a Spanish fortress dating to the 16th century. What’s not to love? Only the fact that a little over half of hotels are accepting guests. Manage to snag a room, though, and you won’t have a dull moment all trip.
St. George’s, Bermuda
If you’re seeking a storied locale, look no further than St. George’s. The town was one of the earliest British settlements in the Americas. As such, many historic buildings dot the area, including Fort St. Catherine and St. Peter’s Church. Of course, there’s spots for the less historically-inclined as well; St. Catherine’s Beach and Achilles Bay lie on either side of the aforementioned fortress. To experience them, however, vacationers must present proof of vaccination, else spend a two week stint in quarantine.