Ke‘e Beach, Kauai
This tropical oceanfront is everything your beach dreams are made of. The shallow lagoon is the last beach accessible by car on the island’s north shore, and the end of the road is no dead end, with blue waters and golden sand backed by palm trees, ironwood trees, native plants, and the famed 11-mile Kalalau trail awaiting. If you’re not tackling the treacherous Na Pali coast hike, watch the high surf during the winter, or try your hand at snorkeling during the summer months. Sunsets are spectacular year-round, but cell phone reception here tends to be terrible, so enjoy unplugging for a few hours, and save your beach pictures for a #latergram.
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Summer Nakaishi is a freelance writer for Thrillist who tans easily but swims badly.