12 Nail Polishes For A Beach Vacation That'll Complete Every Outfit You're Planning


What is the most important thing you should do the day before you leave on vacation? Pay a visit to your favorite local manicurist. Alright, there may be no scientific evidence to back up this claim, but there is truth to it: Picking out nail polishes for a beach vacation is as important (and fun) as carefully planning which outfits to bring.

However, an island getaway is a bit different than a trip sight-seeing. The big difference being water — and lots of it. Regular water can seep into your manicure and cause it to chip, while chlorine and salt water can do damage to the nail itself. This doesn't mean you should skip your pre-vacation manicure, though; just invest in owning the nail polish, and bring it along on the trip for any necessary touch-ups.

Stumped on which color to pack? Continue scrolling down to browse 12 nail polishes perfect for your upcoming trip. There are some beachy trends below that'll probably never go away, and a few surprising choices — because is there any better time to be a little extra than when you're lounging on the beach?


A summer go-to for years, the white nail polish trend shows no signs in slowing down. And why should it? It goes with everything, is appropriate for any occasion, and can instantly enhance your tan. Despite hot white's everlasting popularity, a pale nail is always slightly unexpected; even if you choose a shimmer or off-white instead of the classic opaque hue.

Nail Polish, Ecume



This glossy NARS polish delivers a seriously opaque white finish.

Pretty In Putty


Ciate London

More of an off-white, Ciate London's "Pretty In Putty" is a good alternative to the hot white shades.

Deborah Lippman Hyper Vibes - Gel Lab Pro Color Summer Collection



Give this pale, shimmery Deborah Lippman polish a try if you like white but need a little something extra.


Floss Gloss

Is there a more beach-ready color than coral? Not a chance. The shade breathes summer vibes, even if your vacation is in the middle of winter. When going with coral, you have options, too: Do you want a bright shade or something paler, lively orange or delicate pink? However you choose, coral is sure to work out in your favor.

Bikini Coral


Floss Gloss

Pretty and 7-free, this long-lasting coral is a bright, summery option.

No. 09



Sundays' coral color is a pinker take on the shade.

Bikinis & Martinis



Feeling more subdued? This soft coral is a subtler take on the trendy color.

Unexpected Color


You're officially #OOO — so get a manicure that reflects it. Try out one of the creme nail polish shades you've had your eye on for a while, like one of J.Hannah's nail colors; each one is inspired by non-traditional nail polish shades, like those found in art or nature. Or, go with a color that fits into your off-work style playbook — like a dreamy, denim blue — but may not fly during office hours.




This on-trend chartreuse complements any skin tone.

Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic



Coordinate with the ocean and go with this pretty blue shade. (Just don't have anyone ask you how to pronounce its name.)



Cirque Colors

This mustard nail color is surprisingly wearable, and full of retro '70s vibes.

Warm Metallic

Like a bright, fun color, a metallic nail color kicks your vacation style up a notch; and going with a warm metallic versus the traditional cool chrome is unexpected. Eye-catching nails are in, and there are metallics for any mood (and comfort level when it comes to shimmer). You can try out one of essie's metallic shades from the Treat Love & Color line if you like a subtle shine. For major impact, doll up your nails with a holographic manicure, like Floss Gloss' Disco Dust — there is nothing subtle about the stunning linear holo finish.

essie Treat Love & Color Nail Polish - 0.46 fl oz, Pep In Your Rep



Go ahead and jump into the pool; this pretty bronze color is formulated with nail-strengthening ingredients.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish: Metallic Collection, Espresso on 3rd


Petit Vour

No wonder Lauren B. Beauty's metallic shades have great reviews — the formula is long-lasting, vegan, and eco-friendly.

Disco Dust


Floss Gloss

Try out one of Floss Gloss' best-selling shades if you're feeling bold: a rose gold shade with a powerfully holographic finish.