Hamoa Beach, Hawaii
So taken by the beauty of this North Pacific beach on Maui, author James A. Michener reportedly called it the "most South Pacific" beach he'd ever come across. Hamoa, secluded in a perfect little crescent cove rimmed with shady hala trees and swaying palms, makes an apt finale at the end of a romantic drive on the notoriously curvy road to Hana. After cruising through lush tropical rainforests and frolicking in hidden waterfalls, you land here, on a patch of black-and-silver sand that's remote enough to keep most tourists away. Find a parking spot on a neighborhood street and walk down the steps to paradise.
What to Do: Swimming and snorkeling are best in summer, when waters are calmer. You'll almost always see surfers, body surfers, and boogie boarders here. Nearby, hit the Spa at Travaasa Hana or wander through the Hana Cultural Center and Museum.
Getting Here: Follow the renowned 68-mile Hana Highway; two miles south of the town of Hana, park on Haneo'o Road.