Far from the chaos of India's bigger cities such as Mumbai and Delhi, Goa is an idyllic beach destination that attracts backpackers and honeymooners alike. It's gold-flecked beaches are perfect for spending a lazy day in a hammock with a Kingfisher beer. It's many yoga and spiritual centers, artisan craft shops, Ayurvedic spas, UNESCO world heritage sites and dirt-cheap restaurants all make Goa special. Don't be surprised if you find yourself sunbathing next to a group of cows.
VENICE BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Venice beach was the original laid-back, artist bohemia mecca. Today it is a cultural melting pot and somewhat odd mix of celebrities, artists, back-packers, street vendors, hippies and the homeless.
The world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk is not to be missed. While you are there you can get a tattoo, workout at the gym on Muscle Beach, watch a juggler, dance in the famous Drum Circle, admire the many larger-than-life murals that adorn the alleys and apartment buildings, rent a surf board and take a lesson, go rollerblading and spot A-list celebrities.
PUERTO VIEJO, COSTA RICA
This chilled out surf town near the border of Panama is somewhat of a hidden gem although it is becoming more and more popular every year. It's beaches are still wild and unspoiled. You are sure to spot some monkeys and sloth around your hotel no matter where you stay. It is an ideal location for the adventure traveler and adrenaline junkie. Zip-lining, snorkeling and jungle tours are just some of the day trips offered here.
GILI ISLANDS, INDONESIA
The Gili Islands are 3 tiny islands off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Automobiles are prohibited in this lazy paradise so the preferred method of transport is by horse, foot, or bicycle. The ultra clear water and pristine white sand makes it's the perfect beach retreat. Snorkeling and diving are the activities of choice here.
It's not hard to see why jet-setters, celebrities, families, backpackers and college students alike are attracted to this boho-chic island in the Mediterranean sea. Know for it's luxury hotels, tech-house superclubs, art towns, nightlife and bohemian shopping, the world famous Ibiza has something for everyone.
Tulum is only an hour and a half south of the bustling city of Cancun, but it might as well be another world away. Its white sand beaches, rustic-chic accommodations, health-conscious cuisine, limited electricity and pristine jungle make it the perfect hippie-chic destination. When you aren't indulging in a cerveza on the beach, you can explore nearby ancient mayan ruins, swim in crystal clear cenotes (sinkholes), or take part in a mayan steam bath at a Temazcal. Tulum is very popular with European and American expats, many of whom have set up hotels, yoga retreats and international-style restaurants.