The Best Beach Boutiques

By  October 14, 2011

Some may say there is nothing better than a day at the beach.  Cleary these people have not been introduced to the concept of beach shopping.  Beach Tomato has teamed up every girl’s favourite two activities into one genius pairing and found three of the best beaches in which you can indulge your love of tan-topping and street- shopping-at the same time. See, genius.

Pa’ia, MauiBest of beach shopping: Pa ia MauiFirst up on the sandy shopping agenda is the Hawaiian surf town of Pa’ia on Maui. Looking like the blueprint of a chilled out beach town, Pa’ia’s main street is lined with laidback fashion boutiques like Imrie, shaved-ice parlours and some seriously impressive local handicraft. Make your first point of call the Maui Crafts Guild – a collaboration between 25 local residents specialising in the whole spectrum of handiwork from ceramists and glass makers to painters and photographers. Now, you’ll be needing some beautiful swimwear to accentuate that new tanned bod of yours, so head to Letarte and clad yourself in Maui’s iconic bohemian swimwear label, then stroll down to Pa’ia’s Baldwin Beach; a gorgeously golden sweep with surfers bobbing on the blue.

La Barra, Punta del Este, UruguayBest of Beach Shopping: la barra With more than its fair share of Buenos Aires boutiques, La Barra in neighbouring Uruguay, has stolen the most stellar of South America’s style credentials and created a haven for its discerning fashion pack. The self-proclaimed Ibiza of South America and up-and-coming rival to Miami’s party scene, La Barra has become the must-do destination if you’re seeking that dream combo; sand and shops. And, as if the best of BA’s outlets weren’t enough to fill a whole load of Samsonites, the doors to ‘OH! La Barra’, a much anticipated high-end mega mall will be flung open next year. Our Punta picks are Penny Lane, where glamorous meets grunge – think faded tees and beaten-up boots, and one of Argentina’s must-have designers Maria Cher who works a laidback 70s’ vibe with beach-to-bar jumpsuits.

White Beach, Boracay, PhilippinesBest of beach shopping: White BeachYou can’t beach hop the planet, collecting mementos as you go, without stopping off on the stunning Philippine sands of White Beach on Boracay. This is the ultimate beach retreat to take your pick of pretty handmade jewellery and budget beachwear, both of which are de rigueur beach attire in Southeast Asia. A world away from cosmopolitan La Barra, don’t expect much more than little beach shacks running along the sand nestled in the gaps between the beach cafes. But if you are looking for something to blow the holiday budget, hunt down native designer Mich Dulce famed for her expressive and experimental millinery – fashion-forward, Anna Dello Russo, editor-at-large of Vogue Japan, is a big fan.

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