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From all-to-yourself islands to hidden beach towns to iconic coastal experiences, the West has the beach vacation of a lifetime in store for you

30 iconic beach experiences

Ignite your love for the shore with these classic beach icons. From boardwalks to bonfires, here are our favorite ways to dive in

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Underwater beauty
Andrea M. Gómez

Underwater beauty

Instead of aimless snorkeling, get smart as you swim. Reef expert and dive master Suzzy Robinson works with small groups (of six or fewer) for Maui Snorkel Tours; she picks that day's best shoreline site and then provides plenty of unhurried instruction. Robinson is great with insecure or rookie snorkelers. And she knows absolutely everything about every fish you'll mee--tsuch as the cleaner wrasse, which serves as a personal groomer to other fish, sort of like a piscine day spa. $95 for half-day; www.mauisnorkeltours.com

More: Insider's guide to Maui

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