After a long cold winter, spending some time under the sun should be on everyone’s to-do list over the next few months. If you’re not sure where to go, though, don’t worry - I have all the travel inspiration you need right here.
Spread your towel out in the sand and let your worries float away with the tide at these four spectacular places to hit the beach this summer!
1. Laguna Bacalar, Mexico
Laguna Bacalar is also known as the Lake of Seven Colors, and once you catch sight of it you’ll definitely see why. Its location in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula makes it’s easy to reach from popular destinations like Playa del Carmen and Tulum. It also means that most tourists pass over it in favor of these more famous spots so you can enjoy a truly relaxing escape from the crowds on this freshwater lake. With picturesque water swings, affordable prices, and delicious food, Laguna Bacalar has everything you need for a perfect vacation on the water this summer!
2. Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
Lake Ohrid is a protected UNESCO natural site located a bit off the beaten path in Southern Macedonia. The town of Ohrid is also a UNESCO site, so this vacation destination is perfect for sun-worshippers and history buffs alike. Take a boat tour to visit the 1,100-year-old St. Naum Monastery and the freshwater springs that feed the lake before enjoying a memorable seafood meal (and a few beers) at the many delicious restaurants in town!
3. Ugljan Island, Croatia
Ugljan Island is a hidden escape just 20 minutes by ferry from the Croatian coastal town of Zadar. Pack a picnic and rent some bikes once you arrive to explore the island on two wheels. After you work up a sweat, take a break at the Samostan SV. Jeronima Monastery, where a tiny beach and few docks will welcome you with open arms into the warm shallow water.
4. Playa Blanca, Colombia
Cartagena is one of the top destinations in Colombia for many reasons. The colorful city and vibrant nightlife are both spectacular, but the beaches are still the main draw. Among them, Playa Blanca is the most popular and is easy to reach by bus or by boat from the city center. Spend a lazy day here enjoying the pristine white sand and clear Carribean ocean before returning to Cartagena to dance the night away!
Di Minardi is a travel writer and digital nomad. Follow along with her adventures on her blog Slight North!