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Located in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, this secluded spot is backed by gorgeous cliffs. It’s home to warm, salty waves and doesn’t attract the usual throng of beachgoers, making Baia do Sancho the perfect place to literally hide out from the stress of real life.
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This scenic locale set off the coast of Broome, Australia, is worth braving all the terrifying threats to your life the Outback is known for, as it boasts some of the most picturesque beach scenes in the world. Find a more romantic sunset. Try.
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Not every beach vacation needs to include white sands and warm turquoise waters. For a unique and enviable experience, head to the infamous black sand beaches in Vik, Iceland. Bonus points: You can see the Aurora Borealis from the shore.
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Grace Bay looks like something straight out of a movie: bright white sands, clear blue oceans, and healthy green palm trees as far as the eye can see. Boasting 20 hotels and 215 rentals, it’s not exactly secluded, but even extra strangers can’t take away from the beauty.
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How’s your Portuguese? Located in Olhos de Agua, Portugal, Praia da Falesia sit at the bottom of picturesque orange-red cliffs, seemingly hidden from the rest of the world. If you’ve never visited a beach in this area of the world, this is where you start.
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If you want that isolated, “deserted island” vibe for your next beach vacay, Radhanagar Beach is your spot. You’ll walk through a mangrove forest to reach the utterly pristine beach, then shallow water stretches meters out, making for a safer, more relaxing swim.
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Picture it: Sicily. 2023. You’ve used every last hour of PTO and every single bonus mile you had to get to what might just be the world’s best beach. Situated in a cove, Spiaggia dei Conigli’s bright turquoise waters and sparkling sand offer a private escape well worth the hike to get there.
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Everyone heads to Cuba for Havana-nanana, but beyond the vintage cars and wild soccer matches lies an almost resort-like vibe at Varadero Beach in Varadero, Cuba. These white sands and crystal waters are only a hop, skip, and a jump (and a TSA pat-down and customs conversation) away from Miami.
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No passport? No problem. This best beach is located on Lahaina, Hawaii, and offers up literally all that Hawaii has to offer. With green mountains at your back and blue waves lapping at your feet, it’s as close to paradise as you can get in America.
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For a gorgeous beach even closer to home, head to Siesta Key off Florida’s West Coast. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Siesta Beach boasts warm, calm waters nearly year-round. The beach is almost always that white, and you never know what kind of tiny wildlife you’ll find hiding in that line of seaweed.
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Live your best coastal grandmother life in Jekyll Island, Georgia, when you visit Driftwood Beach. Aptly named for the giant hunks of trees and brush that rest on the shore, Driftwood Beach offers cool Atlantic waters and a gorgeous-but-dystopian atmosphere. All that’s missing is the right true crime podcast and wide-brimmed hat.
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One part beach and one part park, this Sydney, Australia, scene offers a little something for everyone, including exercise paths and green grass the play in... and that’s all before your feet hit the sand. There’s no shortage of beach to lounge on, and the water stays shallow for quite a while, making it an ideal family spot.
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This beach in San Sebastian, Spain, offers a deep, sandy shore with plenty of room the spread out and avoid human contact from both locals and other tourists. The waves are tiny, and the water clear, too, so pack that giant flamingo float, anchor it to shore, and enjoy a relaxing float.
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Have you ever been to Bali? If not, it’s absolutely time. If someone told you to close your eyes and imagine yourself on a beach in Bali, Kelingking beach would most likely be exactly what you’d picture. Steep, jagged cliffs, lush greenery, and swirling turquoise waters are in your future.
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If you’re already in Spain for La Concha Beach, why not hop to Playa de Muro, too? Offering almost the exact opposite vibe, this resort beach is home to cheeky palm-topped umbrellas, white sands, and blue waters for as far as the eye can see.
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Picture-perfect soft white sands and turquoise water that stretches farther than you’d expect before deepening and darkening, Nungwi Beach in Tanzania is beachy perfection. Summer in Tanzania is from November to March, with a rainy season that ends in December. So, new year, new you, new beach vacay?
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Surprise, surprise! Cyprus is coming in hot with a truly extravagant beach experience. Nissi is cove-like in its long, naturally curved geography and boasts warm, nearly waveless water for floating, soaking, and splashing. It’s a resort-like experience without the resort-like snobbery.
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Packed into the Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Mujeres’ Playa Norte is just one of many, many gorgeous blue and white beaches you’ll find up and down the coast. The water is always warm, and, unless something is stirring out in the Gulf, the waves are minimal.
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As part of the US Virgin Islands, you don’t even need a passport to visit the paradise that is St. Thomas. While there’s plenty to do and see around the island, Magens Bay is the best beach in the area and, like Trip Advisor says, one of the best beaches in the world. The water is perfect for snorkeling!
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