Faithful Shopper: Beach Babies

We've all had it with ice and snow -- it's time for sun and sand! Escape for a few days of warmth by the sea, and attire yourself accordingly from any of the stores below. Whether your shore of choice is in the Caribbean, Hawaii or South America, you'll be the beauty at the beach!

Calypso St. Barth - 900 Madison Avenue
This line has expanded well beyond resort wear and accessories to include décor and fragrance, but it remains the gold standard for preparing for that beach vacation you have planned or are dreaming about!

Canyon Beachwear - 1136 Third Avenue
Not a size 0 or 2? Need different sizes for your two-piece suit? Canyon Beachwear says "We Suit Every Body," and carries a range of fits and separates that will leave all of us feeling beautiful!

Everything But Water - 1060 Madison Avenue
From a tremendous assortment of swimsuits to hats to dresses to jewelry, this is your one-stop shop for your beach vacation. Really, they do live up to their name, selling everything ...

Galeria Melissa - 102 Greene Street
It isn't easy to find flip-flops and other casual sandals in February, except for this brilliant brand from Brazil, which offers fun footwear to take you from beach to dining to dancing.

Letarte - 1118 Madison Avenue
Bring a bit of Hawaii to whatever resort you're visiting with sophisticated yet fun suits and clothing from this Maui-founded chain, run by sisters.

Malia Mills - Multiple locations
Quality clothing combined with knowledgeable and friendly service make shopping for a swimsuit about as easy and fun as it can be here. Then accompany it with some great accessories for the perfect look.

Osklen - 97 Wooster Street
Osklen (from Brazil) sells a variety of apparel for the outdoors, from sports to sun, including a terrific selection of beachwear.

Quiksilver - 3 Times Square - 408 West 14th Street - 519 Broadway
Surf's up! If you prefer your beach vacations to be a bit more active, find the wetsuits, boards and more you need here.

Pilgrim Surf + Supply - 68 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn
More bags, more suits, more boards, as well as outerwear for the winter we're living in, so equip yourself for your trip and your return home. FYI, there also is a store in Amagansett store, but it's closed this month for construction.

Saturdays Surf - 31 Crosby Street - 17 Perry Street
Surfwear is joined by beautiful denim, leather, grooming accessories and even coffee (??) at this eclectic shop for men.

Zimmermann - 55 Mercer Street
Ah, Australia ... where casual fun living seems to have become an art. Look at the swimwear and accessories - then also check out the more formal apparel that is equally breezy.

Take a few days and remember that our summer is just a few months away. Happy swimming and Happy Shopping!