BEST FLORIDA, CARIBBEAN, MEXICO
AND USA BEACHES
Review by Barb & Ron Kroll
535 Best Beaches in the US, Caribbean and Mexico
(Fodor's) ISBN 978-1400005055 1400005051
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).
- Experience the Best Beaches
Best Beaches Planner
When to Go
If you like
- Best Beaches on the West Coast
California's Central Coast
The Monterey Bay Area
California's North Coast
The Oregon Coast
- Best Beaches in Hawaii
The Big Island
- Best Beaches on the East Coast
- Best Beaches in Florida and the Gulf Coast
Lower Gulf Coast
Palm Beach and Treasure Coast
Fort Lauderdale and Broward County
Miami and Miami Beach
The Florida Keys
- Best Beaches in the Bahamas
New Providence Island
Grand Bahama Island
Andros, Bimini and the Berry Islands
Eleuthera and Harbour Island
The Southern Out Islands
- Best Beaches in the Northern Caribbean
Turks and Caicos Islands
- Best Beaches in the Eastern Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Maarten/St. Martin
U.S. Virgin Islands
- Best Beaches in the Southern Caribbean
Grenada and Carriacou
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
- Best Beaches in Mexico
The Oaxaca Coast
Pacific Coast Resorts
The Riviera Maya