Kristen wasn’t even sure she liked Rob. But when he suggested a road trip over the Fourth of July weekend, she figured why not? He was cute, and she was bored.
They drove south, stopping in Virginia for burgers and fireworks, and hit the South Carolina coast around 3 a.m. That’s when they decided to sleep on the beach. But there wasn’t much sleeping.
“Making out on the beach—the waves, the salty air, the pitch black—I’ll never forget it,” she says.
Twelve years later, Kristen and Rob are married with kids. They still talk of that trip as their defining moment.
“It was the right trip at the right time with the right guy,” Kristen says. “The beach sealed it.”
Such is the power of summer. It turns friends into lovers.
It creates memories that last a lifetime. So we asked women to share their hottest stories. Read on for a few ideas on where to go—and who to do.
(And then get adventurous on your next vacation—or at home tonight. Try one of the 45 Sex Positions Every Man Should Know.)
1. ALONE-IN-PARADISE SEX
Every year my boyfriend and I celebrate his birthday with a camping trip. Once, in Ojai, California, we found this gorgeous trail that ended at a 45-foot waterfall with crystal-clear pools of water.
The area was green and lush with all these huge ferns and caverns, like an ad for Irish Spring soap.
At dusk, we took a few beers to the waterfall to cool off. We started kissing, and little by little our clothes came off. Eventually I found myself giving him oral.
He was leaning on a huge boulder, and I was partially under the falls. I could feel the cool water trickling down my body as the sun set, and I noticed all the sounds, smells, and textures. I could hear things rustling in the leaves, the birds chirping. It was all very cinematic.
I got up and faced the boulder, positioning him behind me. We had sex for a good 15 minutes, both of us taking it all in, looking out over our piece of paradise.
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Being outdoors is a turn-on—it heightens your senses in the best way, and you have sensations that you’re not used to. You feel wilder, more alive.
Fact: 82 percent of women find the idea of skinny-dipping with their partner to be a huge turn-on.
2. STEALTHY SEX
I met Sam, a coast guard officer, on a scuba trip in the Cayman Islands. I thought he looked great in his wetsuit, so I flirted with him, dropping a hint that I was the only single girl in my group. He offered to give me a private lesson.
At one point it was just the two of us underwater, and he gently floated over and kissed me. Afterward we kept hanging out, and later that night, fueled by tequila and dancing, we broke off to walk the beach.
We came across a hammock between two palm trees and clambered into it. This felt exotic and taboo—we’d only just met and could get caught.
At first we just kissed. I wasn’t sure if things would go much further—we were in a moving hammock, after all. It could flip.
But then he pulled off a feat that still impresses me: Steadying the hammock with one arm, he reached down with the other hand and slid off my panties. A few minutes later, I came.
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Despite the fact that we were strangers, it was intensely romantic. The beach. The waves. The stars. The romance and the thrill pushed me over the edge.
Fact: 23 percent of couples say they’ve had sex on the beach.
3. REINVENTION SEX
“Keep them open,” I said, nodding toward the curtains.
The thought that someone might see us was a turn-on, but not something I’d risk at home. I straddled my husband.
Tonight was about us—no risk of the kids hearing anything, no worrying that the neighbors might ring the doorbell.
That’s why we’d started doing this whenever possible after we had the kids. A hotel down the street. One night. Nothing fancy. All that mattered was having the room to ourselves so we could let loose.
The best sex is always the next morning as we wait for room service—the opposite of my usual mornings. I don’t have to be a mom. I can just be a woman.
Fact: 63 percent of women say the risk of getting caught heats up the sex.
4. ONE-NIGHT-ONLY SEX
My friend and I met up in New Zealand for a music festival. Somehow, she’d forgotten our tent, so we had nowhere to sleep for three days.
Thankfully, the South Pacific is full of hot surfers. Dylan was tall, boyishly handsome, and smelled like coconut. His friend was cute too, so we started flirting.
Later, we all snuck into the woods behind the stages. Everyone was making out, drinking twist-off wine. It felt like we were the only people in the world. Dylan and I couldn’t keep our hands off each other. His kisses melted me.
When we found his tent, along a river next to a bunch of festivalgoers, I experienced one of the sexiest strip-off-your-clothes moments ever. We were skin-to-skin in his sleeping bag. The buildup was so intense.
Our friends were sleeping next to us, and I didn’t even hide my moans.
The next morning we exchanged numbers. Turned out, we went to the same school. I saw him back on campus once after that, but it wasn’t the same. The magic was meant only for that one summer night.
Fact: 40 percent of women are open to vacation one-night stands.
5. UNRESTRAINED SEX
A few years ago I took a trip home to Missouri and brought my then-boyfriend, Mike, with me. We rode bikes along back roads. I wore a short dress, pedaling ahead to show off my legs.
We stopped on a bridge to enjoy the view and leaned on the railing, listening to the water. I was telling him about the creek, all the time I spent there as a kid, and he leaned in and surprised me with a kiss.
We started making out. My adrenaline was pumping.
A car approached. We pulled apart—it could’ve been my dad. But that’s when I knew: I wanted him. Here. Now.
This place was special—and this was one of the only things left that could make it more special, give it new meaning.
The car passed and we kept going. He reached under my dress and slid off my panties, tucking them in his pocket.
I knew we had to be quick, so I unzipped his shorts and pulled him closer. It was all over in a minute, but I didn’t care. I felt so naughty and adventurous, and for the rest of that weekend I couldn’t stop replaying the moment in my head.
Fact: 65 percent of women think sex is hotter when it’s spontaneous.
6. MILE-HIGH SEX
On a flight to Mexico for vacation, my boyfriend, Stephen, was extra frisky and determined to join the mile-high club.
He went into the restroom first. I nervously followed 30 seconds later. He was sitting on the toilet seat with his pants at his ankles.
When I squeezed inside, he turned me around and plopped me down in a seated reverse cowgirl position. He pushed my sundress up, pulled my panties to the side, and thrust into me with a firm hold on my hips.
I never knew I could come so fast.
Back at our seats, two female flight attendants approached us. Without saying a word, one of them unfolded our trays and spread out a white cloth napkin, while the other placed two glasses of champagne and a rose. They whispered, “Congratulations.”
Fact: 4 percent of Americans say they’re members of the mile-high club.
7. EXHIBITIONIST SEX
I was on vacation in Italy with my guy, Joe. We’d been lost for hours, driving aimlessly along twisty, winding roads in the mountains with no cellphone and only a handwritten map to guide us to our hotel.
By the time we finally found our way there, we had plenty of pent-up energy to work off.
The balcony of our third-floor room had this amazing view of the Adriatic Sea. I’ll never forget it: The sun was coming up over the horizon, and as if on cue, we started ripping each other’s clothes off.
We weren’t exhibitionists; we just recognized how perfect the moment was, and decided not to hold back. Part of being on vacation is about letting go of your inhibitions.
Plus, I kept thinking about how romantic it felt to be looking at this beautiful scene while bent over the balcony railing of our hotel room, having sex with the man I loved.
And that’s when I noticed the grounds crew below. They were cheering the performance we didn’t realize we were putting on. We smiled, waved, hustled back inside . . . and kept right on going.
Fact: 92 percent of women say being in a nice hotel makes the action that much sexier.