Whether you live inland or on the coast, beaches are among the most beloved places in the world. They’re sometimes cliché vacation destinations, but they’re popular with families, couples and solo beach-goers alike for good reason. There’s almost nothing like the feeling of sinking your bare feet into the sugar-like sand, as the sun welcomes your body with a warm embrace. Try going beachside with a drink in hand, and things get significantly better, too.
From famous beaches that bustle with activity to natural coastal wonders that dominate bucket lists, these 15 popular beaches have that certain “je ne sais quoi.” And many make our list of the best beaches in the world. See if you recognize them all.