Trust Me: These Pretty Summer Nail Colors Will Give You Major Vacation Vibes

Of the many things filling up your pre-vacation to-do list—buy a bikini, stock up on sunscreen, check your passport expiration date—arguably the most fun is booking in for that all-important pre-travel manicure. It's usually one of the last things I do the day before I fly in order to get optimal wear out of my new nails, so for me, that routine manicure is the moment I finally relax and switch my brain into vacation mode.

When it comes to choosing my vacation nail colors, I like to wear something that suits the occasion, that will last for the duration of my trip, and that will give me a mini serotonin boost every time I glance down at my nails. Sometimes, that means bright tropical colors like lime green and fiery coral, but often, my go-to is a fresh white, which looks oh so good with a tan, or a suitably beachy beige.

With vacation season fast approaching, even those of you who don't have any trips booked may still be in the mood for a summery switch-up at your next nail appointment. Scroll down for the vacation nail colors perfect for summer 2024.

The best vacation nail colors:

1. Bright Coral

Hand with long nails painted with coral pink nail polish

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Nothing says "out of office and ready for the beach" quite like a fiery coral mani. Perfect for tropical destinations, sunset-inspired coral looks chic and fun on both short and long nails.

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2. Cobalt Blue

Hand with long nails painted with cobalt blue nail polish

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Cobalt blue is arguably the color of summer 2024, as we've already spotted our fair share of bikinis, handbags, and sandals in the hue. Tie your look together (or sport a contrasting pop of color if you typically dress in neutrals) with this eye-catching blue.

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3. Fresh White

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It might sound boring, but really, a crisp cool-toned white is the ultimate chic nail color. As it's versatile enough to work with all manner of outfit combinations and skin tones, you really can't go wrong.

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4. Sandy Beige

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If neutrals really are more your bag than bright pops of color, why not try a beach-inspired sandy beige?

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5. Baby Pink

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Delicate hues of pink have been trending since the start of the year, so by summer, expect to see them everywhere. If you like a mani that appears fresh and clean and won't look obvious when it grows out, this is definitely a safe option.

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6. Lime Green

Hand with long nails painted with lime green nail polish

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Another vacation classic, a bright and zesty lime green works well for both manicures and pedicures for major summer vibes.

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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.

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Grace Day is a beauty editor and content creator. She has over 10 years of beauty-industry experience, spanning editorial, retail, and e-commerce, which gives her a unique understanding into how people shop for their beauty routines. While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.