A totally non Europe-related daydream. Jervis Bay, Australia. We visited Sydney, Jervis Bay, and stayed on Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef about 10 years ago. Jervis Bay, with its squeaky white talcum powder sand, parrots that sit on your shoulders, and kangaroos (my favorite animal, with sea otter being a close 2nd) peeking out from the forest, is a strong contender for a possible retirement spot. Pristine would be the word I'd use, with fully intact sea shells the size of your palm dotting the surfline and dolphins frolicking nearby. Small town Huskisson is a good place to stay, with friendly people and pleasant eateries. The other side of the park has great surf. We went in April and had the whole place practically to ourselves. Photos courtesy of Jervis Bay Tourism Board.