STUNNING AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF BEACHES

Crystal-blue water. Pale sand. Candy-color umbrellas, scattered about like sprinkles on a cake. Is there anything more delightfully transporting than an aerial view of the beach? We think not. So, as you clock that painful nine-to-five for far too many days of the summer, take a moment to indulge the wanderlust. Breeze through our selection of 13 bird’s-eye beach views—from the sunbathers roasting on Huntington Beach in California to the labyrinth of color-coordinated chaise longues dotting Italy’s Adriatic Coast—and just imagine you’re craning, Gray Malin–style, out the window of a helicopter. How’s that for your fifteen minutes of transcendental meditation?

Author: Hannah Martin | Photography: Getty

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A beach in Rimini, Italy.

A beach on the Adriatic Coast and Ondarreta Beach in San Sebastian, Spain.

Adriatic Coast and Ondarreta Beach, San Sebastian, Spain.

A beach in Turkey

On the Adriatic Coast in Italy, between Ravenna and Rimini.

A resort on the Adriatic Coast in Italy, between Ravenna and Rimini.

A resort on the Adriatic Coast in Italy, between Ravenna and Rimini.

A group of swimmers run into the ocean at the start of a race.

A beach in Mexico and Sunbathers on Huntington Beach in California.

A resort on the Adriatic Coast in Italy, between Ravenna and Rimini.

A resort on the Adriatic Coast in Italy, between Ravenna and Rimini.