Best Calm-Water Beaches For People Who Don't Like Waves

Forget about jumping over shoulder-high waves and relax in the mellow waters of your new favorite vacation spot

Not everyone likes the waves and even people who do like body-surfing and boogie-boarding don't want their week in the sun ruined by red flags.

Luckily, the world is full of gorgeous beaches for those who'd rather float in calm, clear waters. Here are some of the world's best quiet-water vacation spots.

Negril, Jamaica

If Negril's Seven Mile Beach doesn't immediately pique your interest, remember that that name also means seven miles of quiet, clear water. This long beach is lined with resorts ranging from all-inclusive to family fun. About an hour from Montego Bay, Negril's white sands give the Caribbean Sea its beautiful shade of turquoise. Though it will be difficult to pull yourself away from those waters, the town is also known for its cliff diving and waterfalls. You can even tour the warm shallows on horseback. And from its place on the western corner of Jamaica, Negril has a front-row seat as, each night, the sun and its reflection in the still sea meet before slipping together below the horizon.

Holetown, Barbados

Blue, clear water will meet you in Holetown, another Caribbean calm-water hotspot on the western coast of Barbados. This town encourages eating out at the local restaurants and snorkeling. Swim with sea turtles and coral reefs off of the northern beaches or in the Folkstone Marine Park. A few miles away, in Saint Thomas, explore the Flower Forest or, in Bathsheba, visit the Andromeda Botanic Gardens.

Akumal, Mexico

Head an hour south of Cancún and you'll find Akumal, whose name means "Place of the Turtle" in Mayan. Akumal Beach has the vibe of a local spot rather than a resort beach. Its water is mellow and clear enough to spot sea turtles swimming just past the shallows. Enjoy it floating on your back or snorkeling underwater. Nearby, the Aktun Chen cave is an exciting place to see stunning rock formations around the mystical-looking water.

Roatan, Honduras

West Bay Beach on the coast of Roatan features the idyllic white sand and calm Caribbean waters that make the region famous. You can scuba dive, parasail and take fishing charters right from the beach or simply relax with a cocktail watching the sun dance in the water. Roatan is also the place for zip-lining, hiking, bird watching, visiting monkeys, and more.

Guaymas, Mexico

Los Algodones Beach in Guaymas is a top spot for calm waters in the Mexican state of Sonora. Scuba diving in the Sea of Cortez is an adventure while, on dry land, the area is known for hiking, zip-lining, rappelling and horseback riding. The sunsets over the sea are magnificent and pair well with your favorite tequila.

Photo: Fred Hsu - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Siesta Key, Florida

Siesta Beach brings the soft, white sands and clear water of the Caribbean to the States. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the beach earned the title "#1 Beach in the U.S." for three years. Its water is calm and the nearby Point of Rocks is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Just up from the beach on Ocean Boulevard is the village packed with restaurants, bars and shops. And a short drive away is St. Armands Circle, a wide roundabout lined with high-end stores, eateries, and bars.


Tom Twardzik is a travel writer for the Journiest. He also covers music, film, TV and gaming for Popdust, social issues and current events for The Liberty Project and personal finance for Paypath. Read more on his page and follow him on Twitter.

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I Can't Sleep.

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Tavour

Tavour

Simplistic and elegant, Tavour allows users to easily fill up a box of beer over a period of time before shipping. The app offers more than 650 different breweries both local and national and is perfect for those who like to experiment. It's easy to use, and their menu rotates regularly so you and your beer never grow stale.

TapRM

TapRM

TapRM offers a wide range of both craft beers and hard seltzers. While based almost exclusively in New York City, the app offers fast, same day delivery from some of the best beer brands in the world. They also provide a unique selection of beers to help you find your new favorite. All you need to do is download the app and place your order!

Drizly

Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.

Saucey

Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

Beer Menus

BeerMenus

For those who enjoy strictly local beers, BeerMenus features a tap list from local bars and a broader stock list from your neighborhood beer store. With that, you can make sure to create a list of your favorite beers in your neighborhood, so that when they're in stock you can be ready to go.