The calendar still claims it’s spring, but many people consider Memorial Day the first true day of summer. Here are five gorgeous coastlines—including two on lakes—where you can spend the holiday by the water in Europe or Asia.
Giant’s Causeway: Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site, climb among rocks, walk along the edge of a cliff, and taste single malts in Northern Ireland.
Aktau: Check out a new hotel, see dramatic cliffs, and find undiscovered beaches along the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.
Socotra: Visit an unexplored island, see plants and animals not found anywhere else on Earth, and camp under the stars in Yemen.
Xiangshui Bay: Recover from jet lag, nap beside a plunge pool, and pamper yourself in China.
Dal Lake: Get a good night’s sleep, ride canopied boats, and relax on a sun deck at a houseboat in India.