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.
Parque Estadual de Itaúnas (Brazil)
There's more underfoot than just supple sand at Itaúnas, on the southeast coast of Brazil. Beneath the golden domes lies an old fishing village that was swallowed by the dunes in the 1960s. Today the rebuilt town – now set a half-mile back from the Atlantic Ocean – is your departure point for hiking the 15-mile coastline of Parque Estadual de Itaúnas, a wilderness populated by jaguars, monkeys, sloths, and sea turtles. As evening falls, return to the beachfront Casa da Praia to partake in the nightly forr – dance parties – best initiated with a few caipirinhas.
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