Sure, you can hang out on the beach in your bikini, walk along a boardwalk, go for a dip or even surf. Or, you can go for a really, really, really long walk.
Here are eleven beaches where you can show your bikini bod for miles and miles.
Praia do Cassino Beach, Brazil
At roughly 150 miles long, this is considered the world's longest beach by many. It's so long that it stretches from Rio Grande to the border with Uruguay.
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
The world's longest uninterrupted beach clocks in at 75 miles long (though others say it's a bit shorter). Regardless, the government is focusing on drawing more and more tourists fast, so go before it gets crazy.
Ninety Mile Beach, Australia
Yup, you guessed it. This beach is 90 miles long. It's popular with dolphin and whale watchers, fishermen and swimmers alike.
Padre Island National Seashore, Texas
Off south Texas sits some beautiful stretches of beach that go for some 70 miles.
Playa Novillero, Mexico
Sign us up. This beach is 56 miles long, a third of a mile wide and water that's shallow enough that you can walk about 330 feet into the water.
Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand
Unlike its neighbor to the west, this beach, on the North Island, is really only about 55 miles long.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
This East Coast city has 35 miles of beaches and a lot of tourists to show for it.
Long Beach, Washington
At 28 miles long, this claims to be America's longest contiguous beach.
Muizenberg, South Africa
The town of Muizenberg, a suburb of Cape Town, marks the start of a roughly 25-mile beach that curves around to nearby False Bay. Beware, there have been shark sightings in the past.
Stockton Beach, Australia
Not only is this beach long (nearly 20 miles long), but it's popular with dune surfers, 4-wheel drive enthusiasts and surfers.
Marina Beach, Chennai, India
At around 8 miles long, it's the longest urban beach in India. There's a bit of an undertow, so swimming isn't as popular as hanging out and shopping.
Each month TheBeachCompany.in brings you one of the best beaches in the world as our beach of the month. This month's best beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Chile.
BEACH: Vina Del Mar, Chile
WHERE: An hour and a half to the west of the Chilean capital Santiago, Vina Del Mar is the place to see and be seen on the South American Pacific Coast (even the President has a home here).
WHY: Vina Del Mar started life as an exclusive summer retreat for Chile’s well-heeled. Remaining one of Chile’s most luxurious seaside town it has been coined the ‘Cannes of the Andes’, and the comparisons don’t end there. Thanks to the sweeping swells it is often regarded as the Laguna of Chile but be warned the waters here can be a little, well, chilly. If you can drag yourself off the sandy shores (it will be hard we know) the town’s rich colonial history is well worth exploring. The grand avenues lined with majestic palm and banana trees are best enjoyed through a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride. Comparisons aside, Vina Del Mar has Latin American flair like no other.
HOW: Fly into Santiago and catch a 90 minute bus to Vina Del Mar. Simple.
H20 TONE: Midnight Indigo.
SAND TONE: Butterscotch Angel Delight.
STAY: At family-run Hotel Monterilla, a charming colonial house delightfully decorated with contemporary paintings by local artists. Thoughtfully nestled between the shoreline and nightlife it makes stepping out (or stumbling in) a breeze.
WHEN: The town may be chock-a-block with people during December to February which is high season, but we think the electric atmosphere the throngs of people create is totally worth it.