Don't end summer without sneaking off to the coast--even if it's just for the weekend. Here are our favorite hotels by the sea.
Ride the bunny waves at Waikiki
Maybe you think you're not a Waikiki person. Maybe you think you prefer something a bit more secluded and exclusive. But consider this: With its warm water, dependably gentle waves, and novice-nurturing surf schools, Waikiki Beach remains the most forgiving place in the world to learn to surf or steer an outrigger canoe.
The Sheraton Waikiki stands midway along the 2-mile-long beach, and while its high-rise architecture shouts 1970s, a $187 million renovation has given it 21st-century polish. And those Waikiki waves are timelessly perfect. From $225; 800/325-3535.
La Jolla, CA
Give the stand-up craze a try
Anyone ready to try stand-up paddleboarding can get a thorough intro at Surf Diva's three-day SUP & Yoga Getaway. Both sports are all about core strength, balance, and flexibility, making them a natural