But what's the only better thing than a beach swathed in sunlight? A beach that's straight-up littered with STARS.
Get ready to peel your jaw off the floor (or sand, in this case).
The Isle of Lewis, Scotland
This island -- just a short ferry ride from the mainland -- is a hit with northern lights spotters.
Papuma Beach, Indonesia
The Milky Way sometimes makes appearances at nighttime, after colonies of bats explode from the caves at sunset.
Tourists may flock to Hitachi Seaside Park by day, but Hitachinaka's rocky beaches make for a perfect solitary evening.
The Cinque Terre's coastal colors are even more dazzling when the sun goes down.
Fancy a midnight boat ride?
Rio de Janiero's most famous beach shines brightest on New Year's Eve.
Urca Beach, Brazil
Urca is where you run for a peaceful escape from the chaotic nightlife in Rio. "If you want to blend with the locals, visit this beach."
Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Canada
That's Anvil Island you see silhouetted against the stars.
Krakal Beach, Indonesia
You won't catch them with an unaided eye, but those star trails will appear if you can work a camera.
Redang Island, Malaysia
This island forms part of a marine park famous for snorkeling and diving. But look at those stars!
Oh haaay, aurora borealis.