We combed the sands from coast to coast to seek out the beaches with hot lifeguards, killer waves, and sexy sunbathers—the trifecta of summer! Check out our list and start planning your fun in the sun.
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Main Beach, East Hampton
Think of Main Beach as a <i>much</i> classier version of Baywatch. According to Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University, who is actually known as Dr. Beach (yes, seriously), you’ll find the best-looking lifeguards around. “These locals grew up on the beach,” says Nicole B. Brewer, executive editor and publisher of Hamptons.com. “Swimming is in their blood, so they’ve got an athletic build.” Befriending one will serve you well, since they’re not just pretty to look at but they're also in the know about all the hottest band shows and bonfire parties. Break the ice by asking about the best place for a lobster roll. If she shoots you down, no worries—there will be plenty of manicured Manhattanite beauties sitting beachside for you to take a shot at. <p><p>
Paddleboards, kayaks, Hobie Cats, snorkeling, and water skiing are just some of the numerous water toys you can play with on this beach. Parasailing, however, is probably the most popular. "You'll pretty much see the entire island of Key West, and other smaller Keys while in mid-air," says Beth Ranson of Sunset Watersports, a rental company that has called Smathers Beach home for the last 20 years. "There's a good chance you'll also spot dolphins, sea turtles, and even sharks. The water is that clear."
<p><p><b>To hit this beach get more details at</b> <a href="http://www.keywestcity.com/egov/apps/locations/facilities.egov?view=deta... target="_blank">www.keywestcity.com</a>
Located in Rincón, about 2 hours west of San Juan, this beach is a surf haven for pros and novices alike. No matter your comfort level you can catch amazing waves without the fear of smashing headfirst into a reef. Not surprisingly, Rincón hosts surf and stand up paddling competitions each year. This chill beach has the talent without the attitude. Plus, the action on land is just as prime as on the water—park your towel in close proximity to <a href=" http://www.besidethepointe.com/" target="_blank">Tamboo Tavern</a>, a beach bar known for its mojitos, and get ready to mix and mingle with lots of young, active beachgoers.
<p><p><b>Before you hit the waves check out the Sandy Beach surf report <a href=" http://magicseaweed.com/Sandy-Beach-Puerto-Rico-Surf-Report/2530/
This playground for former Hawaiian royalty, who used surfing as a way to emphasize strength and authority, attracts visitors from around the world. Since it's such a popular draw be prepared to get close to your sunbathing neighbors—which definitely won't be the worst thing when you’re surrounded by “well tanned, well toned” ladies. Here’s a tip from the locals: A woman who wears a flower behind her left ear is taken. If the bloom is behind the right ear, you’re in luck. When you've found your island dream girl aloha your way to the Don Draper-approved Royal Hawaiian, the iconic pink resort known for its Mai Tai Bar.
<i>Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority</i>
Paradise Beach, St. John, USVI
One of seven beaches tucked away amid 170 acres of Virgin Islands National Park, Paradise lives up to its name. The secluded beach is set on a private peninsula of Caneel Bay resort away from prying eyes, and because it’s adults-only, your sweet nothing whispers won’t be interrupted by squealing kids or screaming parents. Go at sunset, and bring a bottle of bubbly. You won’t regret it.
This secluded beach beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines
reserve is the largest (albeit, unofficial) nude beach in the US. The cliff-enveloped area welcomes nudists and surfers alike—these seem to be the two groups motivated enough to tackle the lengthy trail hike that gets you there. If you're game for baring it all head to the central part which embraces other like-minded nudists. If you're looking to hang ten put your pants back on and head to the southern part which beckons wave riders with powerful surf breaks. Then watch the hand-gliders soar above you, affirming the laissez-faire vibe of this San Diego hot spot.
<p><p><b>To bare it all on this beach get more details at</b> <a href=" http://www.sandiego.org/articles/beaches/blacks-beach-san-diego.aspx"_bl...
<p><p><i>Photo Credit: Lisa Field</i>
Manhattan Beach, California
Beautiful people, shiny cars, big sunglasses and little lap dogs pretty much sums up this spot. You’ll find beach volleyball courts that seem to stretch for miles, and bodysurfing near the pier. With any luck, you’ll run into blonde bombshell Maria Sharapova, a Manhattan Beach resident. The best time to go is over the weekend, when the place is swarming with young sun-kissed singles—about a third of all residents are between 25 and 44 years old.
<b>To plan a trip get more details at</b> <a href="http://www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=1"_blank">www.ci.man...
Welcome to the hottest spot in Florida, where the bikini is the suit of choice, and tousled hair is a trademark of the modelesque residents. Stop by the palm tree-speckled Lummus Park along Ocean Drive, famous for topless tanners. Although technically illegal, the law tends to look the other away. Seeking more exposure? Drive 30 minutes north to the clothing-optional Haulover Beach. Need a gut-busting tune up before you strip down? Try the Healthy Sweaty Beach Boot Camp workout at the W South Beach. And once you get your summer fix make plans to return next winter: the annual <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/women/galleries/hot-girls-of-the-2013-dirty-d... target="_blank">Model Beach Volleyball Tournament</a> takes place in SoBe every February.
<p><p><b>To head south get more details at</b> <a href="http://www.MiamiandBeaches.com " target="_blank">www.MiamiandBeaches.com.</a><p><p>
<i>Photo Credit: Images provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau</i>
Paradise Beach, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
What happens on this beach, stays on this beach. The 2.5-acre poolside shore hosts seemingly unlimited parties, including a new Summer Camp-themed fete on Fridays. Bet you’ve never had a naughty water balloon fight or a squirt gun battle with your camp counselor. By Saturday, get ready to share your personal space since about 2,300 visitors clamor onto this oasis. Come Sunday, Rehab Dayclub is the place to sprawl out in Tahitian-style cabanas and daybeds while chilling to world-renown DJs and sipping on a gourmet Bloody Mary. And of course, this wouldn’t be a Sin City beach, if you couldn’t play a little swim-up blackjack.<p><p>
<b>To plan your trip to Vegas, Baby get the details at</b> <a href=" http://www.hardrockhotel.com/party/beachlife-pool-party-las-vegas" target="_blank">www.hardrockhotel.com.</a>