This year, don’t waste that smoking hot pedicure on a staycation. Instead, pack your flip-flops and head to one of these sizzlingly awesome summer destinations.
1. Mongonissi, Greece
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Mongonissi is a teeny-tiny island in the Greek Archipelago, and it’s made almost entirely of sand, sun and the smiles of locals. You’ll dine in style and serenity, and don’t forget to book a yacht trip, since the island is well known for its excellent boating.
2. La Jolla, California
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Can’t swing a trip abroad? Don’t fret. Take a jaunt to tiny La Jolla, just north of San Diego, for breathtaking views of ocean bluffs and beaches. If you grow weary of the beach scene (as if that’s even possible), take a drive inland to the casual yet refined wineries and eateries of San Marcos and Temecula.
3. Salerno, Italy
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Salerno is the urban center of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and it boasts a rich cultural and culinary history. Let down your hair as you walk along the Trieste Seafront Promenade, and don’t forget to stop for your fair share of limoncello and pizza at a local tratorria.
4. Parati, Brazil
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Escape the bustle of Brazil’s big cities and forthcoming World Cup for a trip to tiny Parati on Brazil’s Costa Verde. You’ll enjoy bright blue water, sandy beaches and sparkling white architecture rivaling that of Greece.
5. Lahaina, Hawaii
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Truly, Hawaii is one of the best flip-flop destinations in the world (which comes in handy, since you don’t even need a passport to visit). Maui’s Lahaina is a great starting point for beach-hopping to Kaanapali and Kapalua, and it also offers some of the best surfing in the world.
6. Railay Bay, Thailand
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Traverse the world to Railay Bay, Thailand, for a beach and cultural experience that you’ll find nowhere else. Railay Beach offers one-of-a-kind views of limestone cliffs and rugged jungles for hiking and diving as well as pristine sand for working on an exotic, tropical tan. Bonus: Thai food, obviously.
7. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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The Dominican Republic is quickly becoming a favorite destination for Americans in need of a cost-effective and fabulous vacation. Check out the resorts of Punta Cana for awesome opportunities to watch whales, explore the reefs and even swim with dolphins. The nightlife is pretty spectacular, too.
8. Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Jamaica is just a quick flight from several large airports in Florida and Georgia, so don’t even think twice about booking a trip to Montego Bay. You’ll soak up the clear waters of the Caribbean and the laid-back vibes of reggae and the friendly Jamaican people during your visit.
9. Manavgat, Turkey
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Looking for a walk on the wild side? The small town of Manavgat, Turkey, offers a compelling Middle Eastern experience with breathtaking scenery. The Manavgat River and its beautiful waterfalls flow near the town, while the city itself sits on miles of the Mediterranean coastline.
10. Denmark, Australia
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Let’s say that, like us, you tend to procrastinate when it comes to summer vacation plans. That’s totally fine, especially if you book your flip-flop vacation to Denmark, Australia, where the hot and sandy beaches of Greens Pool are at their best from October to May. The city is small and relatively secluded, so you can really kick up your heels and unwind during your sorta-summer vacation.