A year at the beach

Clear air, warm sand and infinite possibilities just over that turquoise horizon. Spend time on any beach worth its sea salt and there comes a point when you’ll find yourself in a moment you wish could last forever.

It can’t, of course. Even if you had all the time, money and sunscreen to burn in the world, that beach you’re sitting on has other ideas. It’s got winter to think about. Or rainy season. Or hurricanes. Or that thing every year when the scary-looking crabs invade.

But maybe there’s a way to hold on to that perfect moment. What if, instead of lolling about on the same strip of sand, we jumped to another. And when that gets old, we head on to the next -- from beautiful beach to beautiful beach, right around the world.

So that’s what we’re doing here. CNN is spending a year at the beach, and we’re taking you with us. Each week for the next 12 months, we’re going to be enjoying a different stretch of the world’s best shorelines.

And not just classic sun-drenched oceanfront. As the year unfolds, we’ll take you to from shimmering coves to treacherous cliffs, from secret sands to showbiz retreats. This interactive charts our journey. Come back each week as we check a new beach off our calendar and dive in deeper to find out what makes it so special.


Barry Neild, Brekke Fletcher, Chris Giles, Chris Scott, Forrest Brown, Katia Hetter, Jenny Wong, Joe Minihane, Karla Cripps, Maggie Hiufu Wong, Marnie Hunter, Maureen O’Hare, Melody Jiang, Rob Hodgetts, Selena Randhawa


Alexander Rosen, Black Buddha, Carla Howe, Channon Hodge, Curtis Edward Shaw, Diana Diroy, Ed Scott-Clark, Jenny Marc, Joseph Coleman, Oliver Bloor, Patrick Bodenham, Naotomo Umewaka, Rosie Tomkins, Temujin Doran


Marianne Waller, Woojin Lee


Marco Chacón


Jenny Wong


John Wood, Marco Chacón, Paul Martucci, Sean O’Key

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Arielle Sacks, Bridget Nolan, Damian Prado, Morgan Moinian, Shana Darnell