The dream getaway for many people is having a vacation on a white sand beach looking out on warm turquoise waters. Vacations are planned where the waters are bathtub-warm, there are swaying palms, and you can kick back and really relax. Breathtaking beaches are found in every continent in the world. A few of them are highlighted here.
Starting in the United States, Hawaii boasts some of the most romantic sun-drenched beaches year round. The island of Kauai has balmy temperatures no matter when you head there, and if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life this is the place for you. Kauai has very lush, green surroundings, but is the least developed of any of the Hawaiian Islands. This means that you can find sections of pristine white sandy beaches that you can enjoy all to yourself.
While you're on Kauai, be sure to visit Poipu Beach if you want a little more activity. There are water sports to attract every member of the family. Snorkeling is particularly great here due to the clarity of the warm water. You can see hundreds of species of tropical fish in all colors.
If you are heading to Florida, don't miss a trip to the famous South Beach. This is not the place for a family vacation (it's a topless beach), it's a playground for adults. The beach itself is actually man made and stretches for miles. The water is tropical and is very clean. However, the draw to South Beach has more to do with the funky art deco culture that surrounds the beautiful scenery. Be sure to visit some of the many martini bars and live music venues that line the waterfront for a shot of Latin culture.
Our next stop is Ipanema Beach in Brazil. It became famous during the 60s with the popularity of the song "Girl From Ipanema". It is situated in Rio de Janeiro, noted for its festivity, and filled with beautiful men and women, wearing little clothing. If this kind of atmosphere attracts you, then this is one of the best places on earth to enjoy it. You will find miles of white, sandy beaches to spend your happy vacation days in the sun, watching the beautiful people. Not as serene as some beach getaways, but definitely a fabulous time.
Back up north in Canada. Long Beach in Tofino British Columbia proves many people wrong those who think that Canada does not have beautiful beaches. Long beach is simply breathtaking though the waters ar not turquoise. The shore is perfect for surfing and taking long walks. There are plenty of tidal pools full of interesting sea life such as starfish. Tofino itself is full of eccentric locals and a quaint little fishing town.
Finally, we head over to the French Riviera to St. Tropez. Once a hideaway for movie stars, this is now one of the most popular hot destinations in Europe. Close to Cannes, St. Tropez is filled with those who appreciate the finer things in life and aren't afraid to flaunt it. The beach is stunning with its bright blue waters, and there is plenty to do if you're not in the mood for the beach. People watching at one of the beachfront cafes is a must while visiting this exciting local.
There are literally hundreds of beaches around the world that draw many visitors each year. Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Bali, Australia, the list goes on and on. People have appreciated the natural beauty of the beach for centuries and they continue to be a hot spot for tourists today.
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