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Beautiful Beaches Around the World

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Ipanema Beach

Named for the vibrant Ipanema neighborhood it's located in, Ipanema Beach truly embodies the Brazilian spirit that inspired Bossa Nova classic "The Girl from Ipanema". Sparkling white sand stretches as far as they eye can see here and the Dos Hermanos (Two Brothers) mountains form a picturesque backdrop. Rio's tropical weather means plenty of sun and the beach draws crowds of Brazilians and visitors looking to soak up some rays in their chic beach best. Eclectic to say the least, each of Ipanema's postos or zones has a unique spirit from the vibrant Posto 9 with its party vibe to the surf-friendly Posto 7. Beach culture at its best, Ipanema offers something for every visitor. Due to the forceful undertow, it's best to swim with caution.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Playa Paraiso

Proffering an excellent escape from the obstreperous sounds of the city life, Playa Paraiso is a serene beach on the beautiful Cayo Largo island. Soak in the tropical sun as you cuddle under one of the beach umbrellas or engage in snorkeling or scuba diving. Alternatively, you can also swim along its shore. The ethereal sunset will mesmerize you as much as the starfishes on the sandy beach shore, native birds and jellyfishes in the pristine waters.

Cayo Largo, Cuba
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Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is a gorgeous 11 kilometer (6.75 miles) of sandy beach. This beautiful golden paradise is encompassed with high tropical trees and several resorts and hotels. The turquoise waters next to the white sand creates a picturesque setting that is ideal for relaxing in the sun or playing in the water. In fact, this beach is often considered one of the top beaches in the world!

Negril, Jamaica
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Bells Beach

Bells Beach conjures up almost mystical images to the members of the Australian surfing scene. It is a long right-hand point break which just keeps on going. Best conditions can be found with a south-westerly swell and north west wind on mid-high tide. During Easter the normally quiet town of Torquay comes alive as the Bells Beach Easter Classic is held. This event is the world's longest running pro-surfing competition. It attracts the top surfers from around the globe and thousands of spectators.

Torquay, VIC, Australia
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Cayo de Agua

Cayo de Agua is a picturesque islet found on the eastern shores of the Caribbean Sea. Geographically a part of Los Roques archipelago, it is administered by Venezuela and is a part of the beautiful Los Roques National Park. Owing to its secluded location at the northern tip of the country, it remains famous for its powdery white sands and isolated beaches. The island's cerulean blue waters and rich marine life make it a famous destination for scuba diving.

Los Roques, Venezuela
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Shoal Bay East

Located in Shoal Bay Village, the Shoal Bay East forms a pinkish-white stretch of stunning Caribbean beauty with its turquoise blue waters. While June and July are idyllic for meditative moments on this beach, the other months bring in day-trippers from Saint Martin and around. Accordingly, the Shoal Bay East beach hosts quite a few water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking and diving. Lined along the coast are also a number of beach shacks and restaurants, all set-up so you can enjoy laid-back drinks while looking at the tropical sunset.

Anguilla, Anguilla
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Glass Beach

It was a dumping ground in the early 20th Century, where residents threw their household junk such as glass and appliances over cliffs. The pile was so high that fire was used to reduce the trash. It look several years to clean the garbage however the crushing waves swept the beach by pounding down the glass into delightful smooth, colorful baubles. The Glass Beach is now a popular tourist destination and is part of the MacKerricher State Park. Foraging of sea glass in the beach is strictly prohibited.

Fort Bragg, CA, United States
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Flamenco Beach

Miles and miles of pearly-white sand and pristine blue waters welcome you to the Flamenco Beach, rated among the most beautiful beaches of the world. Ideal for numerous water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, sport fishing and scuba diving, the beach attracts exhilarated enthusiasts from all over the world. A plethora of restaurants, bars, kiosks, surround the area making it the perfect tourist spot. Acclaimed as the second-most beautiful beach in the world by the Discovery Channel, Flamenco Beach warrants a visit.

Culebra, Puerto Rico
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Playa de Ses Illetes

Rated as one of the Top 25 beaches of the world by Tripadvisor, Playa de Ses Illetes surely lives up to the hype. Clubbing fanatics grooving to some electrifying dance numbers in Ibiza head to this crescent shoreline for some much-needed relaxation. The jade green waters are dotted with some quaint sail boats navigating the pristine Mediterranean sea. The beachfront is not too crowded, with a handful of restaurants to savor the local fare. To the extreme northern end of the island lies the tiny Espalmador islet.

Formentera, Spain
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