All work and no play? Decide to relax and work on your tan. Lose those dreary winter clothes and don bright colors as you walk the beach. Visit these beaches any time, but there’s no time like today.
1. For some of the sexiest sunbathing in the world, the half-French, half-Dutch island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten is a must. Surrounded by aquamarine-blue waters, choose either, or both, sides of the island, preferably in a convertible. French is an aphrodisiac, so (if this idea speaks to you) check out Orient Bay, five beaches on the French side. Headquarters of “Club O,” pick Kontiki, Kakao, Bikini, Waikiki and Coco Beaches. No, you’re not dreaming, they are named after beach bars! Buy a silken “half” bathing suit, or try new styles of swimming au naturel. Secluded spots are plentiful! Cupecoy Beach on the Dutch side is also great fun.
2. Puerto Rico is a sunbather’s paradise, where you will find a perfect spot at the Anasco Beach Resort. The resort is easily accessed from San Juan to Mayaguez airport. Shop for new fashion before your trip: you won’t want to miss a moment of this paradise-like place.
3. Florida Keys, on U.S. terra firma, affords opportunities to enjoy the sun while sampling Florida’s keys (more than 1700 islands form a chain off Florida’s coast). Take a sail or rent a houseboat and swim with dolphins. If you’re hankering to experience Cuba, Cayo Largo is out-of-the-way and lightly trafficked, like a trip back in time.
4. South County, Rhode Island, Enjoy delicious sunbathing for three seasons of the year. Matunuck, named by the Narragansetts as “look out” point to the Atlantic, is gorgeous area that is (still) unknown by most beach lovers. Boutiques present new styles, colors and patterns of local designers for your pleasure.