This famed pink beach, which sprawls out for three blissful miles, gets its color from the shells of microscopic sea creatures. The bathtub-warm waters that lap up against its shores are clear, pristine, and perfect for swimming.
Stay at: Pink Sands Resort -- Virtual Visit
This picturesque spit of sand has a reputation to uphold -- it's one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Blame it on the large granite boulders and shallow, sparkling water -- and don't forget the gorgeous pale-pink sand that lines its shores.
Stay at: La Digue Island Lodge -- Virtual Visit
With warm, crystal-clear waters and nearly 20 miles of reef, the island of Cozumel is truly a mecca for snorkelers and divers. You'll be surrounded by colorful creatures from the moment you jump in (there are 200 different kinds of fish, to be exact), so don't forget to pack an underwater camera. If you're an experienced diver, check out the underwater limestone caves and winding tunnels.
Stay at: Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort & Spa -- Virtual Visit
In the Whitsunday Islands, this breathtaking section of the Great Barrier Reef is home to a range of interesting coral formations. There's also some pretty fascinating sea life, including the giant Maori Wrasse (otherwise known as the Napoleon fish), which bears a striking resemblance to Mick Jagger.
Stay at: Hayman Island Resort -- Virtual Visit
This beach's underwater ecosystem is a designated marine reserve, with miles of coral reefs that you can swim to from the shore. The deep-teal waters (the color is due to the black sand underfoot) are home to more than 150 different species of tropical fish and wildlife. If you're lucky, you might even spot an octopus or turtle.
Stay at: Anse Chastanet -- Virtual Visit
The beaches of Fiji are home to the largest variety of fish and coral in the world. It's for that reason that Jacques Cousteau's son, Jean-Michel, built a five-star "green" resort on Savusavu Bay. In addition to the full-time marine biologist on staff, the resort also offers night snorkeling -- scary, but worth it!
Stay at: Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort -- Virtual Visit
The name alone is synonymous with luxury, and this town does not disappoint. With its high-end shopping, gourmet restaurants, and exciting nightlife, St.-Tropez was made for the posh. Celebrities tend to storm the beaches when the weather is warm, so go there if you want to see -- and be seen.
Stay at: Hotel La Ponche -- Virtual Visit
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While the beach here is gorgeous, most of the beautiful people that flock to South Beach want a little something extra -- like the area's amazing restaurants, bars, and clubs, and the shopping on Lincoln Road.
Stay at: Sagamore the Art Hotel -- Virtual Visit
You could come to Kaanapali and spend all day and night on the gorgeous beach, but then you'd be missing out on the shopping. There are dozens and dozens of boutiques, jewelry stores, and local chains a few feet (literally) from the sand at Whalers Village.
Stay at: Hyatt Regency Maui -- Virtual Visit
Bargains, anyone? In addition to a plethora of bars and restaurants, the city center is packed with duty-free shops. You'll find everything from locally made jewelry to fine art at serious discounts.
Stay at: Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa -- Virtual Visit
This two-mile-long beach is lined with hotels, restaurants, and an eight-acre shopping center, Waikiki Beach Walk. If you're in the mood to do some serious damage, hit up 2100 Kalakaua Avenue for upscale stores such as Gucci, Chanel, and Bottega Veneta.
Stay at: Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa -- Virtual Visit
The attendants at this oceanfront spot will roll out your towel on your chaise for you, adjust your umbrella, and come by frequently to spritz you with Evian water and offer up a chilled towel. If the attention feels a bit weird at first, remember -- it's your honeymoon!
Allow yourself to be pampered by a staff that will serve you breakfast on the breezy patio of your ocean-facing room, set you up with umbrellas and lounge chairs for lazing around on the beach, and indulge you with private seaside massages.
With staff outnumbering guests five to one, you're guaranteed personalized service in this all-suite resort. Between the aromatherapy turndown service, personal butlers, and a romance director, it's no wonder celebrities flock here.
From the minute you arrive by speedboat at this private island, you'll feel like a movie star. It's no surprise, then, that the resort is a hot spot for A-listers, one or two of whom you may very well see roaming the grounds during your stay -- just try not to stare! If you're having trouble reaching full-on vacation mode, make it a priority to kick back and really relax at the COMO Shambhala holistic spa -- it's considered the best in the Caribbean.
Tucked away on its own small island, this resort, complete with restaurants and spa, is a secluded paradise that'll make you feel like luxe-living castaways. The villas open out onto the beach, so you can step right into the soft white sand and down to the crystal-blue water the moment you wake up.
This beach boasts views of the Sierra Madre Mountains in addition to truly breathtaking sunsets. It's the perfect place to lounge on the sand with your new hubby -- and a frozen margarita, natch -- to watch the sun slip down into the deep-blue Pacific.
Stay at: St. Regis Punta Mita -- Virtual Visit
The Maldive Islands are well-known for their kaleidoscopic Indian Ocean sunsets. You'll see rich red and orange hues that often glow purple against the midnight-blue sky.
Stay at: Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa -- Virtual Visit
The blood-orange sunsets off the west coast of this African island light up the entire sky. And though this mile-long beach has a goofy name, there's no better place to spend a few hours. To experience the full range of colors and treat yourselves to the bright starscape, too, you'll want to get there well before sunset and stay until after dark.
Stay at: Sofitel Mauritius L'Imperial -- Virtual Visit
Sunsets on the western sides of Hawaii's islands are ridiculously impressive, especially here. And you'll be able to brag to your friends that you've seen something that only happens in one place in the world: As the sun sinks into the ocean, watch for the elusive "green flash," when the sky glows bright green for a split second as the sun disappears out of view. Be sure to have your camera ready, because it's something you may never experience again.
Stay at: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa -- Virtual Visit
The turquoise-blue water and palm trees are really beautiful, but the fiery-red sunsets are what really wow. If the sky is especially clear, you might see bits of pink, purple, orange, and even blue, too. Since your trip is once in a lifetime, why not go for the splurge and take in the view from atop a camel. (Yes, a camel -- the beach's sunset treks are a must.)
Stay at: McAlpine House -- Virtual Visit
Look up "beach" in the dictionary and you might see a picture of this spot. Located on the western side of the island of Phi Phi Lay, it's postcard-perfect, with swaying palm trees and limestone cliffs rising out of the water.
Stay at: Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort & Spa -- Virtual Visit
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Its name translates as the "Happy Coast," and the Costa Alegre's many beaches are part of an ecologically protected zone that spans more than 100 miles of shoreline. You can walk along the water to your heart's content, taking in views of both the mountains and the uncharted tropical jungles.
Stay at: El Tamarindo Beach & Golf Resort -- Virtual Visit
As the name implies, this beach is miles along (although it's actually more like five or six). Take a break from your "long walk on the beach" to have a cocktail at one of the many oceanfront bars along the way.
Stay at: Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman -- Virtual Visit
With its calm Caribbean waters and soft, white sand, it's no wonder that Grace Bay is considered one of the best -- not to mention most romantic -- beaches in the world. There are almost 12 miles of coastline, which means you and your new husband can literally spend all day strolling hand in hand.
Stay at: Grace Bay Club -- Virtual Visit
The bays of Huatulco are protected by the government, so they remain almost totally free from the tourism industry. Find your own secret spot on Playa Arrocito, in the Tangolunda Bay area. To get there, you'll have to descend long stairs along a rocky cliff -- but it's worth it.
Stay at: Quinta Real Huatulco -- Virtual Visit
This Caribbean resort island accommodates just 44 people, and it can be reached only by boat. If that feels strange at first, you'll probably start to come around once you realize that the entire white-sand beach is yours and yours alone -- save for a few palm trees.
Stay at: Petit St. Vincent -- Virtual Visit
For total privacy, take an early morning drive to Maui's only red-sand beach. It's a little hard to get to, but you'll be glad you made the hike -- the crimson-hued sand, turquoise water, green ironwood trees, and red lava rock are blow-your-mind beautiful.
Stay at: Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa -- Virtual Visit
The government restricts the number of visitors to this bay, but adventurous types can arrange for boat transport. Once on this quiet stretch of sand, you can swim in the warm, calm waters alongside gentle sea turtles and dolphins.
Stay at: Pousada Maravilha -- Virtual Visit
While many of the islands in the West Indies are crowded, the beaches of Barbuda have managed to remain under the radar. On Palmetto Point Beach, you'll lounge in almost total seclusion.
Stay at: Coco Point Lodge -- Virtual Visit
At this A-list oceanfront beach bar, you can spend the entire day lazing around on a linen lounge chair, frothy cocktail in hand. We suggest heading back to your room for a late afternoon nap at some point, too, as it turns into a ritzy club with DJs, dancers, and talented aerial performers after sundown.
Stay at: The Shore Club -- Virtual Visit
Between the full-service bar and the club-style music, you might not even notice the nonstop craps and poker games, but they're going strong from sundown till sunup. What you won't see? Children. Think of this adults-only beach bar as Las Vegas on the sand. In other words: trouble!
Stay at: The Cove Atlantis -- Virtual Visit
Hands down, this bar boasts the best views of Bondi Beach from its wraparound deck. While it's a great place to grab a drink or light snack in the afternoon, you might also want to stop in for dinner after dark.
Stay at: Swiss-Grand Resort & Spa -- Virtual Visit
With its palm trees, tiki torches, frosty cocktails, and laid-back aloha vibe, this spot is the quintessential Waikiki experience. Sit at the bar to talk to the locals, or grab a table and check out the live music.
Stay at: The Halekulani -- Virtual Visit
Like bikinis and coconut-scented sunscreen, swim-up bars really make a tropical vacation complete. Cool off with a dip in the pool and a frosty Guavaberry Colada, or head to the Caribbean Sea -- it's just a few feet away.
Stay at: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino -- Virtual Visit
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Just 20 minutes from Sydney, this is where the trendsetting locals and tourists strut their bikini-clad bodies -- on the beach itself and in the cafes and bars of Campbell Parade and Hall Street.
Stay at: Ravesi's Hotel -- Virtual Visit
If the mention of Ibiza makes you think of one thing -- partying -- you're on the right track. The area's hedonistic vibe draws a young and sexy crowd. You'll spot them getting down in the clubs at night and lounging sand-side during the day. If you don't plan on doing much more than eating, drinking, and being merry while you're away, you won't have any problems blending in.
Stay at: Ibiza Gran Hotel -- Virtual Visit
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International hipsters flock here, decked out in designer bikinis, to mix with other fashionable types. But don't let that intimidate you -- it's perfect for people-watching. Spread out a blanket at Fourth Beach. It's the ideal spot to soak up the African sun and spend the day taking in all the toned, tanned beauty.
Stay at: The Ambassador Hotel -- Virtual Visit
Host to the Cannes Film Festival, this town in the South of France is heaven for those who love all things luxe. The beaches are jam-packed during the day in the summer months, but you can catch a break strolling the restaurants, bars, and shops on Boulevard de la Croisette.
Stay at: Carlton Intercontinental Cannes -- Virtual Visit
As if you didn't know, Brazilians are by far the most beautiful people in the world. Here, you can observe these gorgeous creatures in their natural habitat, where they'll likely be sporting thong bikinis. If you and your hubby like to dance, put on something slinky and head to the beachside clubs once the sun goes down to get your groove on.
Stay at: Fasano Rio de Janeiro -- Virtual Visit
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