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.
Playa Novillero (Mexico)
At 51 miles, Playa Novillero is Mexico's longest beach; it's also safe, surfer-friendly, and free of the high-rise complexes that choke Puerto Vallarta, 125 miles to the south, and much of the rest of the central Pacific coast. Start and end your trek in the town of Tecuala, which is a half-hour from the beach by bus. Between stints of walking the narrow strip of sand, you can fish for snapper or surf the gentle breaks. Camp for free among the coconut groves, and don't miss the spectacular sunsets – as kaleidoscopic as a helado ("ice cream") stand. [rivieranayarit.com]
Credit: Mark D Callanan / Getty Images