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535 Best Beaches in the US, Caribbean and Mexico
(Fodor's) ISBN 978-1400005055 1400005051

If you are looking for the best Florida beach, the best beach resort or a Caribbean yacht charter to Virgin Gorda BVI, you will find it in this Fodor's travel guide.

Besides describing 535 US, Mexican, Caribbean and Florida beaches, the Fodor's guidebook helps you plan the best beach vacations. You will learn where to stay (resorts, condos, time-shares, motels, private villas and B&Bs) and how to get there (driving, crewed yacht charter etc.).

Things to do

The travel guide also helps you find the best beach vacation for your interests (e.g., whale-watching, saltwater fishing, Florida Keys scuba diving).

The 325-page Fodor's guide organizes beaches by location. For example, descriptions of the best Florida beaches are separated into regions from Northeast Florida to Miami Beach.

Sidebars provide additional information, such as South Beach parking tips. (Buy a parking meter card at Miami Beach Visitors Center and Publix supermarkets.)

How to identify tropical fish

There is no index, so you have to thumb through the reference book to find the best beaches for families, nightlife or where you can learn to surf.

More than 300 enticing color photos depict most of the best beaches, as well as things to do (e.g., surfing, snorkeling, whale-watching tours). Color illustrations help you identify tropical fish in Hawaii. Weather charts help you find when to go on a beach vacation to California, Hawaii or Mexico.

Dive site maps

Maps help you find the best California beach along Highway 1. The travel guidebook also features maps of dive sites in the Florida Keys and locations of Maine lighthouses.

Throughout 535 Best Beaches, Fodor's Features provides detailed stories about water sports and island culture in beach destinations. For example, the chapter on Best Beaches in the Eastern Caribbean features yacht charters.

Charter a boat

It explains the differences between crewed yacht charter and bareboat charters. You will learn what it costs to charter a yacht and the pros and cons of doing your own provisioning.

For a crewed charter, you can specify that the captain stop at beaches along the route. Tortola, BVI, and St. Thomas, USVI, the main charter bases, are near many of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

The introduction to 535 Best Beaches provides suggestions for luxury beach resorts (Palm Beach, Florida), cheap beach destinations (Dominican Republic all-inclusive resorts), Caribbean honeymoon destinations (private island resorts in The Grenadines) and best beaches for dining (Miami Beach).

Fodors - 535 Best Beaches in the US, Caribbean and Mexico


  1. Experience the Best Beaches

    Best Beaches Planner
    When to Go
    Hurricane Season
    If you like
    Beach Safety

  2. Best Beaches on the West Coast

    What's Where
    San Diego
    Orange County
    Los Angeles
    California's Central Coast
    The Monterey Bay Area
    California's North Coast
    The Oregon Coast
    Coastal Washington

  3. Best Beaches in Hawaii

    What's Where
    The Big Island

  4. Best Beaches on the East Coast

    What's Where
    Cape Cod
    Martha's Vineyard
    New York
    New Jersey
    North Carolina
    South Carolina

  5. Best Beaches in Florida and the Gulf Coast

    What's Where
    The Panhandle
    Northeast Florida
    Tampa Bay
    Lower Gulf Coast
    Palm Beach and Treasure Coast
    Fort Lauderdale and Broward County
    Miami and Miami Beach
    The Florida Keys

  6. Best Beaches in the Bahamas

    What's Where
    New Providence Island
    Grand Bahama Island
    The Abacos
    Andros, Bimini and the Berry Islands
    Eleuthera and Harbour Island
    The Exumas
    The Southern Out Islands

  7. Best Beaches in the Northern Caribbean

    What's Where
    Cayman Islands
    Dominican Republic
    Puerto Rico
    Turks and Caicos Islands

  8. Best Beaches in the Eastern Caribbean

    What's Where
    Antigua and Barbuda
    British Virgin Islands
    St. Barthelemy
    St. Kitts and Nevis
    St. Maarten/St. Martin
    U.S. Virgin Islands

  9. Best Beaches in the Southern Caribbean

    What's Where
    Grenada and Carriacou
    St. Lucia
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    Trinidad and Tobago

  10. Best Beaches in Mexico

    What's Where
    The Oaxaca Coast
    Los Cabos
    Puerto Vallarta
    Pacific Coast Resorts
    The Riviera Maya


Douglas Stallings

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