Now that summer has finally arrived in all of its sweltering glory, here’s one of my favorite summertime destinations – Formentera. 


This pretty little island is very close to Ibiza and only takes a gentle 45-minute ferry ride to get to from the Playa d’en Bossa. When you arrive, the tranquil white sand beaches have a totally different vibe from party-happy Ibiza. I struggled to find an open restaurant past 3 p.m. on the tiny  island, and hardly saw anyone in the sandy-colored city center.

Lost on while scootering around the island, I finally came across a lovely shopkeeper who gushed, “There are no ugly beaches in Formentera! They’re all beautiful. Pick any road and you’ll see.”

“Beautiful” might even be an understatement; these are by far the prettiest beaches I’ve ever seen.  It’s like an actual version of everything promised in clichéd beach descriptions – white sand, sparkling clear turquoise water, and lots of sunshine. I’m a frequent beach-goer, but I’ve never seen anything quite like Formentera.