Ah, Montauk, NY — its lighthouse, its Revenge-style manses and its gorgeous beaches beckon to city dwellers all summer long. Whether you go by plane, train or jitney, get thee to the Surf Lodge, where you can watch the sunset with a Montauk Storm in hand. But first, some essentials for your lobster-roll-filled weekend:
We asked you to weigh in on our 10 expert picks and determine this year’s Best Overall Beach. Travel Channel fans voted and chose Seaside, FL, as their fan favorite!
“Seaside is a beach community located near Destin, FL, but could not be more different in its features,” says Tamala Prickett.
“In place of high-rise condos, you’ll find pastel colored houses lined with white picket fences and beach cruisers. When night falls, families cover the amphitheater with picnic blankets to enjoy outdoor movies and live music.”
And you agreed:
“Beautiful beach!!! White sand and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.” – Ana, FL
So for the second year in a row, the fan favorite goes to our pick for Best Family Beach. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the rest of this year’s Best Beach Award winners!
After a whirlwind tour that took us to some of the best tropical beaches, jungle paradises and hidden havens, we are finally at the No. 1 Sand n’ Surf Hotspot.
The visually stunning Red Beach in Santorini, Greece, topped the list, with its volcanic backdrop, crimson sand and unusually warm waters. Nestled at the base of towering red rocks created by an ancient volcanic eruption, Red Beach offers up a picturesque landscape that cannot be topped. Add in the surrounding island of Santorini, and you have the makings of paradise found.
If you’re like us and bundled up on a snow day instead of basking in the sun, tune in to Beach Week tonight at 8|7c for some prime escapism starting with 20 more of the world’s best 101 Sand n’ Surf Hot Spots, followed by SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015, which heads to the West Coast. But first, we asked the lovely ladies of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue: If you were a beach, which beach would you be? Find out what Hailey Clauson, Sara Sampaio, cover girl Hannah Davis and more had to say:
And if you find yourself wondering the same question, take our beach assessment quiz to determine your true beach type — whether you prefer adventure to partying or would rather go off the beaten path — and which coast you should head to next.
Have you entered to win The Trip 2015 yet? According to our hosts, this $100,000 trip for 2 to Hawaii should be enough to persuade you. Check out some of our favorite quotes from hosts Samantha Brown, Don Wildman, Anthony Melchiorri, Bert Kreischer and Kinga Philipps.
“We got up at 2 a.m. so we could drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and see this crater glow like a hot furnace in the night. It was unbelievable. But the light changes fast, and by the time we had a chance to take our own pictures, it was daylight. Pretty awesome to think that smoking pit behind me is just a cauldron of lava ready to go at any time.” — Samantha Brown
As Jack explores the many drinks Belize has to offer, he finds that the rugged Central American paradise has attracted people from all over the world. But no matter where you come from or why you’re there, Belize always welcomes you with a cocktail. During his journey across the beaches and through the jungles, to ancient Mayan ruins and back to the city to partake in Carnival, Jack tastes some of the wildest cocktails to date, including viper rum. It’s made when a live snake is stuffed into an empty bottle, which is then filled with rum and capped for a year until the snake meets its demise, leaving patrons with an odd but tasty snake-infused spirit.
While Belize may have tempted Jack with its bizarre drinks, chocolate wines and rum-filled seaweed smoothies, there is something much more intoxicating along the coast of Central America, luring people in with their pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters — the beaches. From amazing snorkeling just an hour off the coast of Dangriga to enjoying top-notch accommodations and cuisine on Placencia Peninsula — the country’s most popular sea and sand getaway — now is your chance to explore some of Belize’s best beaches.
Dreaming of warm sunshine, wide stretches of sand and a frozen drink in your hand? Yeah, we are, too. This weekend, take an (imaginary) journey to some of the best beaches in the 2 states that everyone in the Northeast wishes they were in right now: Florida and California.
Tomorrow night at 11|10c, tune in to Marianela’s Best Beaches, where Argentine model and Travel Channel beach expert Marianela Pereyra gives her unique perspective on some of America’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.
Get up-close and personal with sharks in Key West, FL:
Learn to make a bonfire at California’s Dockweiler Beach:
The thought of fleeing anywhere warm right now is particularly appealing since the damn groundhog saw his shadow and we’re stuck with 6 more weeks of winter. Admit it: Whether you were let down by Snowmageddon, brushed off record-breaking snow like the Midwest, or got pummeled by storms (sorry, Boston), you’d rather be at the beach right now.
The fact that it is Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day weekend is not lost on us, but if you were a major slacker with your plans, spend the extra time with your honey — or meet a new one — on a beach somewhere. These flights were priced from Travel Channel headquarters in DC, but visit SkySkanner.com (or your preferred search engine) to find the cheapest last-minute flights for you.
Photo by iStockphoto.com/Nikolay Tzolov
Sunny and 73 degrees, trapezing along Lincoln Road, and late-night Cuban sandwiches … need we go on? It also just happened to be named our Sexiest Beach for 2015 by Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal. Sold.
Caroline Wozniacki – Captiva Island – Photo Credit: Walter looss Jr / Sports Illustrated
In tandem with the release of the Sports Illustrated 2015 Swimsuit Edition, Travel Channel and Sports Illustrated teamed up to give viewers the ultimate behind-the-scenes look into what goes in to making the annual fan favorite. From the world’s sexiest swimsuit models to America’s most ideal locales, SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015kicks off with back-to-back premieres Sunday, starting at 9|8c,and continues with 1-hour specials every night at 9|8c through Wednesday.
As in recent years, there’s a special surprise for all you sports fans out there. This year’s issue features 2 of the fiercest, most competitive female athletes in the world, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and professional tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Join them on Captiva Island in Florida as they strip down to their bikinis and show off their athletic frames, proving that sports stars can be just as sexy as swimsuit models.
2) Tune-In Starting on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8|7c: This year we’re celebrating on-air with a 4-day programming event hosted by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal, stacked with all-new premieres and sunny, beach-paradise-themed programming to help melt away those winter blues and inspire your next getaway.
3) Share Your Best Beach Photos! That’s right, when you find yourself needing a mental break from all of this winter weather, start combing through your Facebook and Instagram feeds and dig up your best beach photos. Share them with us on Instagram with hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured!