If you need an excuse to lie on the beach later, try a long hike along the nearby coastline to get you sweating even before you collapse under the sun. After all, it's hard not to be motivated by a vista of natural liquid wonder by your side the entire time (and the prospect of submerging yourself in it). From shifting sand dunes down in Georgia to the kale-green forests along New Zealand's Tasman Sea, the views and terrains of these six epic coastal hikes will keep you busy for hours.
Abel Tasman Coast Track (New Zealand)
The Abel Tasman Coast Track is 32 miles of shortbread-colored beaches and kale-green forests on the northern tip of the South Island, where many visitors are busy tramping the better-known Milford or Routeburn tracks farther south. For the most solitude, go between May and October, when the summer people have disappeared, leaving the sand to the oyster catchers, the tui songbirds, and you. Plan for a hike of four days and start in Marahau, near Nelson. You'll cross gin-clear streams and tides from the Tasman Sea, sleeping at tent sites or in park-managed huts with bunk beds until you hit Awaroa. There, you'll find cold drinks at the luxury Awaroa Lodge and a yellow water taxi to take you back to Marahau. [From $14 for campsites, $32 for huts; doc.govt.nz]
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