When it comes to downtime, few locations beat the beach. But would you rather spend your time surrounded by kids screaming in a sandcastle duel to the death with the family next to them, or would you like to sit back, chill out and read a nice book? Nevermind, we know the answer.
We’ve rounded up our favorite 10 tranquil beaches around the world – from remote wild dunes and volcanic rock, to obscure castaway-style islands.
Grab your towel and find your own way there (but tell no one).