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Behold your best #TCBeachWeek photos in all their glory (well, minus the emojis). We asked you to submit your favorite beach photos on Instagram — and boy, were we impressed with the results.
It’s clear Travel Channel fans have searched the world over for the most beautiful beaches, check out the rest of our favorite beach photos. Warning: For those still in below-freezing temps, these pics will instill extreme wanderlust.
Beach Week 2014:
Travel’s Best Beach Award Winners
SI Swimsuit Destinations 2014
Editors’ Picks: Favorite Beaches
Yellowstone dip: Visitors enjoy the Boiling River, as bison roam nearby. (Photo: Lisa Singh)
Feeling stressed? Perhaps all you need is a spa day or 2 … maybe even a week. And sometimes Mother Nature has the best idea: a spa treatment in the great outdoors.
That’s what I found on a trip this past week into the remote winter wilds of Montana where hot springs abound, as does the added bonus of being in a state that recently cracked the top 5 in the happiest states index. Maybe being the sixth-least populated state has something to do with Big Sky Country’s “happy” distinction, along with the lack of cellphone coverage, which can’t help but turn a traveler’s attention toward the grand, majestic show all around — the expansive mountain ranges that make up this stretch of the Rocky Mountains, with stories of mountain men and Native American tribes finding reprieve from wind-bitten days in soothing, mineral-rich waters by the base of mountains.
That’s where hot springs come in, lots of them. The western third of Montana is where visitors will find the most accessible, and inviting, geothermal wonders, emerging just below the surface with temperatures anywhere from 85 to 140 degrees. READ MORE
Courtesy of Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
Scattered on a verdant hill which rises from a powdery beach, the resort’s beach bungalows, cottages and sleek rooms all impart a colonial motif.
As the snow falls (once again) on parts of the Northeast, we’re daydreaming about sunshine, sand, bikinis, paddleboards, windsurfing and, well … you get the point.
But why should we tell you about these sandy slices of paradise, when we can let the lovely ladies of TravelChannel.com show you. Close your weather app, look away from the windows and let Marianela and Kinga transport you to some of our favorite beaches.
Explore the US Virgin Islands with adventurer and host of The Wild Side, Kinga Philipps:
Tour some of Florida and California’s best beaches with our beach expert Marianela Pereyra:
Can’t get enough of our beautiful beaches? Check out this year’s winners for Travel’s Best Beach Awards, and then watch as Marianela visits the California and Florida coasts in search of some of the best sunny spots.
Photography by Guana Island
Part of the British Virgin Islands, this lesser known getaway comprises 8 white sand beaches and a nature preserve abundant with hiking paths.
Now that you’re daydreaming of getting away to somewhere warm, we give you 10 times the beach inspiration with Travel’s Best Beach Awards. To kick off Beach Week, we sifted through the sexiest beaches and island vacations to narrow down the nominees in 10 categories, from Best Family Beach to Best Exotic Beach and everything in between. READ MORE
There is 1 month left to enter to win The Trip: 2014, so what are you waiting for? According to our hosts, this $100,000 trip for 2 to Spain and Morocco shouldn’t need convincing. Check out some of our favorite quotes from Samantha Brown, Don Wildman, Anthony Melchiorri and Adam Richman below.
“Do I have to come out? Enjoying a soak in the ‘close-to-fantasy’ spa called Aire de Sevilla.” — Samantha Brown
“Rattled but relieved to have returned the [Formula 1] car to its owner in one solid piece. Even the transmission still worked. Me, not sure yet.” — Don Wildman
“I am not leaving Tagomago. As I write this I have chained myself to this bed!” — Anthony Melchiorri
Adam Richman calls the food at Arzak, “The closest thing to a miracle on a plate this eater’s ever found.”
See the rest of our hosts’ personal photos and favorite memories from The Trip: 2014.
All About The Trip: 2014
Enter Daily for Your Chance to Win
More About the Prizes + Fine Print
Photo Tour of the $100,000 Itinerary
Photography by Getty Images
Just off the north coast of Africa sits the second most populous of the Canary Islands.
There are few things we love more than a day at the beach — so we’re celebrating 7 days of sun, surf and sand on TravelChannel.com. Here are 3 ways you can get in on the action:
1) Visit TravelChannel.com and The Traveling Type blog through Sun. March 2 for exclusive beach programming, including The Wild Side of the US Virgin Islands with Kinga Phillips.
2) This year’s Best Beach Awards have been handpicked by our panel of advisors, now it’s your turn. Vote for Best Overall Beach … the winner will be revealed March 3.
3) Last, but not least: We want to see your favorite beach! Share your best beach photos with us on Instagram using hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured.
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Travel’s Best Beach Awards 2014
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World’s Top 8 Beach Adventures
Andrew McCarthy (not taking a taxi) in Canoa Quabrada, Brazil. Photo courtesy of Andrew McCarthy
We (ahem, me) all fell for Andrew McCarthy onscreen in ’80s classics such as Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, as he often played the sensitive, pensive and soulful guy. These days, in reading Andrew’s travel memoir, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, it isn’t hard to see him again as that same thoughtful and conflicted drifter.
Living a life in Hollywood’s shadow hasn’t made Andrew any less relatable as the characters he often played onscreen in his younger years. He is just like us: vulnerable, fearful at times, and looking to escape to a place, at least for a moment or two, where “no one knows who you are or where you are.” He’s the guy you could find yourself sitting across from on a train and talking with for hours about travel.
I did get to talk to Andrew about travel, maybe not on a train, but on the phone while he was at home briefly in New York. Find out how Andrew changed his label of “Brat Pack” actor and “‘80s heartthrob” to New York Times best-selling travel author and National Geographic Traveler editor-at-large. Plus, learn what his travel fears are … and why he hates travel stories that involve taxis.