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Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

A full service, luxury pet resort for dogs and cats located in Morristown, NJ, Morris Animal Inn offers 3 cat-boarding options for their feline guests -- condos, deluxe condos and luxury suites. 960 1280

Morris Animal Inn   

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

Indulge your pet with a nightly tuck-in session during their stay at Morris Animal Inn. A bedtime story will prepare your dog for a peaceful sleep at the end of a full day of playing and pampering.
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Morris Animal Inn  

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

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Morris Animal Inn  

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn offers “Pampered Pet Sessions” which include a game of catch, a dip in the pool and cuddling time. 960 1280

Morris Animal Inn  

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

If Morris Animal Inn’s cat condo beds aren’t indulgent enough, you also can sign up your cat for the kitty “walks” in an enclosed "Kitty SUV" that tours the scenic grounds and has large viewing windows for the cats. 960 1280

Morris Animal Inn  

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

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Morris Animal Inn  

Best Friends at Disney World

Best Friends at Disney World

The 1300-square foot, canines-only “splash and play” area is just one of the ways Best Friends Pet Care caters to its canines. As Walt Disney World Resort ’s exclusive pet care provider, both Disney guests and local residents can take advantage of the full-service pet care that is sure to please even the most discriminating pet parent. 960 1280

Best Friends at Disney World  

Best Friends at Disney World

Best Friends at Disney World

The 50,000-square-foot Best Friends at Disney World complex includes 17,000 square feet of indoor space, 10,000 square feet of outdoor patios and play areas and a 25,000-square-foot private dog park. 960 1280

Best Friends at Disney World  

Best Friends at Disney World

Best Friends at Disney World

VIP (Very Important Pet) Suites at Best Friends at Disney World feature tiled bedrooms with glass doors, raised platform beds and flat screen TVs, and each has its own covered outdoor play area. 960 1280

Best Friends at Disney World  

Best Friends at Disney World

Best Friends at Disney World

Pets are kept busy and happy during their stay at Best Friends at Disney World with group and individual play sessions, nature walks, cuddle sessions and bedtime stories. 960 1280

Best Friends at Disney World  

Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

Worry about your pup or cat while you’re away or just curious how their vacation is going? The Grand Pet Resort and Spa in Fort Worth, TX, lets owners view webcams -- DogCams and CatCams -- so they can keep an eye on their pet 24/7. 960 1280

The Grand Pet Resort and Spa  

Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

Let’s face it, the best part of vacation is the food. The Grand Pet Resort’s dog-friendly bakery is stocked with treats like Pup Tarts, Bonewiches, and Donut Holes, even Bon Bons. 960 1280

The Grand Pet Resort and Spa  

Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

The Grand Pet Resort’s signature bone-shaped pool gives its furry guests a place to cool off and socialize with the other pups. There is even a group swim time and doggie life jackets for any pooch that hasn’t quite mastered the doggie paddle yet. 960 1280

The Grand Pet Resort and Spa  

Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

The Grand Pet Resort offers exceptional overnight accomadations for dogs with private suites that include abundant natural light, an elevated dining table and luxury bedding. 960 1280

The Grand Pet Resort and Spa  

Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

The Grand Pet Resort and Salon goes the extra mile for your pet with turn-down service including a treat and good night hug, flatscreen TVs (at dog’s eye view), soothing music, and web-cams, so you can see how much fun your pet is having all day long. 960 1280

The Grand Pet Resort and Spa  

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India: Bollywood

India: Bollywood

The final scene of the movie Slumdog Millionaire made this Indian dance style popular in the US. But it’s just a regular day in the life of Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene. She’s seen here performing at the International Indian Film Academy Awards. 960 1280

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Brazil: Samba

Brazil: Samba

If you can’t move your hips, then you might want to watch and learn how to samba from the pros. Thousands of participants dance to the rhythm of Carnival beats during the Mangueira samba school’s colorful parade at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro. 960 1280

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China: Dragon Dance

China: Dragon Dance

Ring in the new year right — the Chinese way! In Beijing, Chinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year. 960 1280

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Cuba: Salsa

Cuba: Salsa

It’s the perfect time to brush up on your salsa dancing now that Cuba is becoming a hot travel destination. 960 1280

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Russia: Ballet

Russia: Ballet

These Russian ballet dancers practice in a studio in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ballet developed as popular courtly entertainment during the Italian Renaissance and then as a world-renowned fine art in 20th-century Russia and America. 960 1280

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Switzerland: Traditional Folk Dance

Switzerland: Traditional Folk Dance

Sometimes it’s OK to keep it traditional, as this couple does at the Ballenberg, an open-air museum in Brienz, Switzerland, that gives insight into the history of the country’s farming culture. 960 1280

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Argentina: Tango

Argentina: Tango

Tango is a sensual partner dance that originated in Argentina. It is now performed as part of ballroom dance competitions around the world, but this couple is keeping it local on a street in Buenos Aires’ La Boca neighborhood. 960 1280

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Japanese: Kabuki

Japanese: Kabuki

Kabuki, a classical Japanese dance drama, originated in Kyoto more than 400 years ago. In this photo, villagers perform Kabuki for farmers in Hinoemata, Japan, where residents have been performing the art for 200 years. 960 1280

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Austria: Viennese Waltz

Austria: Viennese Waltz

The Viennese waltz was actually the first form of the waltz, a smooth ballroom and folk dance. It was originally the peasants’ dance but eventually gained acceptance in European high society. In this photo, young couples waltz at the traditional Opera Ball in Vienna. 960 1280

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Paraguay: Traditional Dance

Paraguay: Traditional Dance

Dance is another way to explore and gain some insight into the indigenous customs and cultures of a destination. Here, Maka natives dance during festivities marking American Indigenous People Day in Mariano Roque Alonso, a city 12 miles north of Asuncion, Paraguay. 960 1280

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United States: Contemporary Dance

United States: Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance is often thought to be related to ballet and other concert dance styles, but it actually borrows from classical, modern and jazz dance. This dance form is characterized by unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction. 960 1280

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Middle East: Belly Dance

Middle East: Belly Dance

The term “belly dance” comes from the French phrase dance du ventre, which translates as “dance of the stomach,” but the moves themselves arose from various dancing styles performed in the Middle East and North Africa. 960 1280

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New York City: Broadway

New York City: Broadway

It’s all about jazz hands in New York, where Broadway musicals require performers to learn various dance styles. And even the world-renowned Rockettes have to practice to make sure their precise choreography is executed correctly for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 960 1280

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Amsterdam: Michael Jackson

Amsterdam: Michael Jackson

Today, many performers enjoy emulating their favorite music icons, such as Michael Jackson. This King of Pop impersonator dances to Thriller in Amsterdam’s Museumpark as part of a flash mob. 960 1280

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Komandoo Maldives Island Resort
Maldives

Maldives

Honeymoon in your own private paradise at Komandoo Maldives Island Resort. Start your happily-ever-after basking in the beauty of this romantic archipelago with crystal-clear water and pristine white beaches. In this adults-only resort's overwater bungalows, you'll be in a world of your own with the ocean on your doorstep.
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Hawaii

Hawaii

Say aloha to romance at Turtle Bay Resort, the only resort on Oahu's famed North Shore. With its secluded location a world away from Waikiki's crowds, breathtaking ocean views and miles of pristine beaches this is the perfect honeymoon escape. 
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Turtle Bay Resort  

Greece

Greece

If you're thinking of Greece for your honeymoon, seriously consider Mystique Resort Santorini. The stylish resort is nestled among the beautiful cliffs and whitewashed stone homes of Santorini island. Pamper yourselves with body massages and wraps in a private suite or on a private terrace. 960 1280

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Portugal

Portugal

Portugal has recently topped the list as a honeymoon destination. Indulge yourselves with a stay at The Yeatman hotel in the city of Porto, and try The Bacchus Suite (featured here). Amenities include a double walk-in shower and sliding doors that open onto a private terrace with dining options for 2 or more. 960 1280

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Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

A forever favorite for honeymooners is Turks and Caicos. Hotel experts at Oyster.com recommend Point Grace Resort, a leading boutique hotel on the island. Take advantage of the many activities that the hotel offers, such as scuba diving, boating and windsurfing. 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

Explore the Emerald Isle with that special someone. Experience Dublin’s poetic side with its diverse literature, art and music scenes; sleep at Ashford Castle, located near Ireland’s second-largest lake; and plan a classy affair at the castle’s George V Dining Room for delicious, locally sourced, modern Irish and international dishes. Fairy-tale castles, cozy pubs, cobalt-colored lakes and kelly green landscapes surrounded by craggy cliffs make this misty land the perfect honeymoon escape. 960 1280

Tourism Ireland  

Mexico

Mexico

Block-out the outside world at the award-wining Maroma Resort and Spa in Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Take advantage of their honeymoon package: It includes a 3-course dinner for 2 on the beach with an aphrodisiac menu designed by the chef.
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Spain

Spain

Spend 2 or 3 weeks on a romantic tour of Spain. In addition to hitting popular cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, honeymooners should visit a few charming towns in the Andalusia region, such as Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga. The country’s friendly locals, great food and vibrant cultures increase the potential for an unforgettable post-wedding getaway. 960 1280

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Africa

Africa

Do you both have a love for the outdoors, wildlife and luxury? Try something different, exclusive and adventurous: Jack's Camp in the East African county of Botswana. 960 1280

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Seychelles

Seychelles

Spend your honeymoon in the Seychelles, a popular destination for Europe’s elite. We suggest a secluded stay at Fregate Island Private, an eco-friendly resort that features 16 residences with pools, the Rock Spa, 7 beaches and multiple dining options. Sit down to a romantic dinner in the resort’s Treehouse, which is located atop one of the island’s oldest and largest banyan trees. Honeymooners will enjoy a quiet and relaxing respite in this paradise after walking down the aisle. 960 1280

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Canada

Canada

Newlyweds enjoy horseback-riding, white-water rafting and hiking at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Canada. Just 2 hours from Calgary, the Chateau is located in the heart of Banff National Park.  960 1280

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts  

Turkey

Turkey

It’s not your typical spot for a honeymoon, but Turkey has become a popular travel destination this year. Pack your bags and head to Bodrum, a port city in the southwestern Aegean region. A much quieter alternative to Istanbul (which is also a great honeymoon spot), Bodrum has a population of less than 40,000 people, but it still offers options to maintain the romantic spark at luxe accommodations such as Ersan Resort & Spa. And for couples who are history buffs, we suggest a tour of some of the nearby ruins, including the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. It’s a wonderful spot for newlyweds. 960 1280

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Bali

Bali

What says romance more than Bali? Savvy world travelers can celebrate a new life together at the enchanting and exotic Amankila Resort in Bali.  960 1280

Aman Resorts  

Italy

Italy

Voted year after year as having one of the world’s best spas, Capri Palace Hotel and Spa is an Italian paradise. Among the spa's many offerings is a medicated mud wrap that smooths the skin. 960 1280

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the perfect place for honeymooners looking for outdoor adventure in an eco-friendly country. The lush landscape, rain forests, waterfalls, beautiful coastlines and volcanoes make it ideal for surfing, hiking, bird watching and snorkeling. If you’re looking for a calmer honeymoon, you should consider staying at the Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa on Playa Manzanillo. The resort offers several special package deals, a variety of recreational activities and a spa that has 6 private suites and uses local Nicaraguan ingredients in its treatments. For couples, we recommend the holistic raindrop ritual in the Crystal Temple.  960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Revel in post-wedding bliss at the iconic Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Celebrate your nuptials with glamour and luxury, and maybe even a big win at the casinos. 960 1280

MGM Resorts  

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

Plan a honeymoon to Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. Dozens of romantic, ultra-luxe resorts and hotels cater to happy couples’ every whim, including Six Senses Yao Noi, the Naka Island Resort & Spa or Mom Tri’s Villa Royale. Yes, there are cheaper alternatives, but why not splurge? It’s your honeymoon! And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Phuket has some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. A trip to Patong Beach, which made our list of the world’s sexiest beaches, should be added to any to-do list during a getaway on this tropical island. 960 1280

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Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

If you're looking for a honeymoon without flashiness and digital distractions, stay at St. John's Caneel Bay resort. With its pristine and secluded beach location, you'll enjoy low-key luxury amongst 170 acres of lush Caribbean paradise.  960 1280

Caneel Bay Resort  

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Havasu Falls - Arizona

Havasu Falls - Arizona

Located in the Grand Canyon near the Havasupai Indian village of Supai, AZ, Havasu Falls has an average water temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. One of the most extraordinary swimming holes on the planet, it features spring-fed water that cascades 100 feet into an iridescent turquoise pool all day long. 960 1280

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Chena Hot Springs - Alaska

Chena Hot Springs - Alaska

Only in Alaska can you find a secret swimming hole that’s accessible only by dogsled. Known by many as nature’s hot tub, Chena is filled with water that’s a constant 106 degrees and is also good for your skin because it contains sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. 960 1280

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Homestead Crater - Utah

Homestead Crater - Utah

Just a short drive south from Salt Lake City, UT, is Homestead Crater, a family-owned local attraction. Inside the unassuming mound of dirt is a hidden gem 12,000 years in the making. The giant pool is a soothing 96 degrees, and the water is said to have high levels of calcium and magnesium that can make you look and feel younger. 960 1280

  

Madison Blue Spring - Florida

Madison Blue Spring - Florida

Cascading over piles of limestone boulders, this first-magnitude spring on the west bank of the Withlacoochee River is one of Florida’s newest and most awe-inspiring swimming holes. Dive deep into the cool, crystal-clear waters that descend almost 25 feet into the earth’s surface, but make sure to get there early; this once-hidden gem is becoming more and more popular by the day. 960 1280

  

Blue Hole - New Mexico

Blue Hole - New Mexico

In one of the driest states in America, just off Route 66 in Santa Rosa, NM, lies the famed Blue Hole. The size of an average golf green with crystal-clear, 61-degree water, the Blue Hole is known as an artesian aquifer, where rainwater trapped beneath the ground is forced up under natural pressure. The spheres bobbing on the surface are attached to underwater diving platforms used for exploration. 960 1280

  

Cummins Falls - Tennessee

Cummins Falls - Tennessee

Looking for the best place to escape the sweltering summer heat in the heartland of America? For more than 100 years, Cummins Falls, a scenic, 75-foot waterfall located in Jackson County, TN, has been a gem for Tennessee natives … but now, the secret is out! Although it’s a bit of a hike to get to once in the park, the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River provides unmatched beauty on your way to taking a dip in Tennessee’s eighth-largest waterfall. 960 1280

  

Aztec Falls - California

Aztec Falls - California

Known for its high cliffs and deep waters, Aztec Falls is the perfect getaway for those looking to escape the hot Los Angeles sun without heading to the crowded beaches. Deep in the San Bernardino Mountains, the falls are accessed via a 6-mile loop that runs mostly along the Pacific Crest Trail and offers jumps of 20, 40 and 60 feet. 960 1280

  

Hali’i Falls - Hawaii

Hali’i Falls - Hawaii

Located deep in the jungle on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Hali’i Falls is a multitiered waterfall that is accessible only by hiking through bamboo forests, deep marsh and former sugarcane pastures. The falls feeding this pool are named Hali’i, which means “to spread out,” and the cascading water does just that, creating the ultimate swimming experience. 960 1280

  

Mooney Falls - Arizona

Mooney Falls - Arizona

Half a mile north of Havasu Falls stands the tallest water feature in the Grand Canyon, rising 190 feet above the surface. Named after a prospector in the 1800s, Mooney Falls is accessible only by crawling through 2 tunnels and then climbing down a sheer cliff face with just a couple of dangling chains to hold on to. Although tough to get to, the view alone makes it worth the trip. 960 1280

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Wekiwa Springs - Florida

Wekiwa Springs - Florida

Deep within the sinkhole capital of the United States is the crystal-clear swimming hole known as Wekiwa Springs, just 15 miles from Orlando. One of the shallower swimming holes in Florida, it has a water depth of just 5-7 feet, but it offers a perfect 72-degree temperature year-round. 960 1280

  

Sliding Rock - North Carolina

Sliding Rock - North Carolina

A popular place to cool off during those hot North Carolina summers, Sliding Rock waterfall is located in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County. About 60 feet of flattened rock dumps into a nearly 7-foot-deep pool at the bottom, making this natural waterslide a great place to visit with kids of all ages. 960 1280

  

Lihue Plantation - Hawaii

Lihue Plantation - Hawaii

A private swimming hole at the old Lihue Sugar Plantation on Kauai, HI, was transformed into an inner-tube water ride by Kauai Backcountry Adventures in 2003. The waters for this 2 1/2-mile journey, which originate near the top of Mount Waialeale — one of the wettest spots in the world — are channeled through ditches and tunnels that were hand-dug by plantation workers over a century ago. 960 1280

  

Beaver Falls - Arizona

Beaver Falls - Arizona

The third and final swimming hole in the Grand Canyon, Beaver Falls is a free-falling fantasy that offers 40-foot cliffs and deep, aqua-blue pools. 960 1280

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Purple (Provence, France)

Purple (Provence, France)

With its charming hilltop towns, picturesque views and outstanding local food, the Luberon in Provence, France, is already a popular travel destination. Tourists who visit the region between June and August are also treated to the sight (and smell) of field after field blooming with lavender. 960 1280

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Blue (Santorini, Greece)

Blue (Santorini, Greece)

Chances are you’ve probably seen pictures of these striking roofs without knowing what you were looking at. Although there are more than 250 churches on the island of Santorini, the blue-domed ones in Oia and Fira are easily the most iconic and most photographed. 960 1280

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Green (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland)

Green (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland)

Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, the Cliffs of Moher stretch for 5 miles along the western coastline of Ireland, rising to 702 feet at their highest point. Visitors can spend their time staring out over the crashing Atlantic Ocean or just taking in the lush, green Irish countryside. 960 1280

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Yellow (Izamal, Mexico)

Yellow (Izamal, Mexico)

Known as the Yellow City for obvious reasons, Izamal is steeped in religious tradition that dates back thousands of years. Its ancient Mayan pyramids, which are located just blocks from the town's Franciscan monastery, are ripe for exploration.
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Pink (Lake Hillier, Australia)

Pink (Lake Hillier, Australia)

Flying over Middle Island off the coast of Western Australia, it would be nearly impossible to miss the bubblegum-pink waters of Lake Hillier. Scientists believe this lake gets its surreal coloring from  salt-loving algae, the only organisms to make a home there. 960 1280

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Gold (Jerusalem, Israel)

Gold (Jerusalem, Israel)

A holy location for 3 major religions, the Dome of the Rock dominates the skyline of the Old City in Jerusalem. Constructed more than 1,300 years ago, this golden dome has served as a site for both worship and controversy. 960 1280

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Gray (Yosemite Valley, CA)

Gray (Yosemite Valley, CA)

Towering 4,000 feet above the valley floor, the granite cliffs of Yosemite have inspired people for more than 200 years. Yosemite was the first site to be designated for public use and preservation — thanks to a grant signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1864 — so it's no wonder it is the most revisited park in the United States. 960 1280

  

Orange (Sahara Desert, Morocco)

Orange (Sahara Desert, Morocco)

Covering an area larger than the United States, the Sahara makes up about 8% of the world’s land surface. The orange sands of the Moroccan Sahara are an accessible entry point for adventurers hoping to experience the largest hot desert in the world. 960 1280

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Red (Sedona, AZ)

Red (Sedona, AZ)

The red rocks of Sedona call to adventurous spirits and spiritual travelers alike. But if vortexes and hiking aren’t your things, you can always unwind at one of Sedona’s resorts or boutique wineries. 960 1280

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Black (Vik, Iceland)

Black (Vik, Iceland)

Reynishverfi beach isn’t on anyone’s list of warm-weather vacation spots. But its black sand, bizarre basalt columns and jutting rock formations make Vik, Iceland, a can’t-miss coastal destination.    960 1280

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White (Valdez, AK)

White (Valdez, AK)

Grab your warmest boots and head to Valdez, AK. Between October and April, an average of more than 300 inches of snow falls on this scenic port city, giving it the title of snowiest city in the United States. 960 1280

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101. Jumby Bay

101. Jumby Bay

Jumby Bay is an ancient coral reef and rocky outpost, situated 2 miles north of Antigua. Swim with a colony of stingrays by day and get a private turtle viewing by night. With its rich wildlife, lush and abundant landscape, and pristine beaches, Jumby Bay presents itself as a secluded hideaway for the sophisticated and discerning traveler.  960 1280

Robert E. Rushton  

100. Coney Island

100. Coney Island

Home to Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island offers nearly 3 miles of sandy beaches, sunny skies and rolling waves. 960 1280

  

99. Saadani

99. Saadani

This is one of the few places in the world where you can get up close and personal with wild animals in the jungle or right on the beach. Private safaris are available by 4x4, foot or boat. 960 1280

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98. North Shore

98. North Shore

Considered to have the best waves and surfing in the world, the North Shore of Oahu at Ehukai Beach Park is a surfer’s paradise. The area earns that title by hosting 3 competitions in November and December to make up the Triple Crown of Surfing.  960 1280

  

97. Tropical Islands Resort

97. Tropical Islands Resort

Located in a converted airship hangar, the Tropical Islands Resort covers an area bigger than 8 football fields and contains a “tropical sea” with 660 feet of sandy beachfront. Guests can tour a village with buildings modeled after those found in Thailand, Borneo, Samoa and Bali. There’s also a 13,000-square-foot lagoon with fountains, canals and a whirlpool, as well as a rain forest with more than 50,000 plants of 600 different species. 960 1280

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96. Mayakoba

96. Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen is a true paradise, with an underwater Sea Trek dive, an ecological theme park featuring exotic wildlife and animals, and a plethora of beachfront hotels and resorts.  960 1280

  

95. Columbia River Gorge

95. Columbia River Gorge

With 292,500 acres in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, it’s quite evident why this gorge is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Snowcapped and serene, Mount Hood is a dormant volcano surrounded by an immense national forest, making it a perfect area for snow sports, trekking and recreational activities.  960 1280

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94. Maho Beach

94. Maho Beach

Tourists flock to the southern half of St. Marten to experience a vacation that combines fun, relaxation and thrills. Maho Beach is a party hot spot, featuring tons of beach bars, casinos and nightclubs. 960 1280

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93. St. Pete Beach

93. St. Pete Beach

This heavenly beach offers a dreamy scene, with the classic Don CeSar “Pink Palace” Hotel right on the sugary, white sand. The hotel’s Maritana Grille boasts chef Gavin Pera, who makes the best surf-and-turf dishes in Florida.   960 1280

Dawn Nichols  

92. Gulf Shores

92. Gulf Shores

A prime beach destination for the noncoastal dwellers, Gulf Shores, AL, [PH1] boasts superb resorts and restaurants, as well as many activities and sports, such as paddleboarding, boating and zip-lining. Don’t miss out on the annual Shrimp Festival, which features the most delicious dishes made from shrimp caught fresh right in the gulf. 960 1280

  

91. Tyrell Beach Bay

91. Tyrell Beach Bay

The Windward Islands include the unknown island of Carriacou, whose name means “land of many reefs.” Experience the natural wonders that exist under the sea and the ancient traditions of shipbuilding that thrive on land. Tyrell Bay Beach isn't to be missed either. 960 1280

  

90. Madaket Beach

90. Madaket Beach

This popular vacation island off the coast of Cape Cod offers something for everyone, from exclusive luxury hotels to a casual spot to sip locally brewed beer.  960 1280

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89. Dead Sea

89. Dead Sea

Lie back and read a book while effortlessly floating in the highly concentrated salts of the Dead Sea. Situated at the lowest point in the world, 1,269 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is one of Israel’s major tourist attractions. The natural minerals, salts and mud along the banks are used for medicinal and therapeutic treatments at this hot spot. 960 1280

  

88. Nissi Beach

88. Nissi Beach

Overflowing with stunning natural beauty, Ayia Napa contains the most Blue Flag beaches per capita in the world. Stunning Nissi Beach is a major hot spot for nightlife, as well as the home of a beautiful historical monastery that can’t be missed.  960 1280

  

87. An Bang Beach

87. An Bang Beach

Visit the bustling beachfront village of Hoi An on the south-central coast of Vietnam. From the 40-mile-long stretch of powdery sand and glimmering turquoise water to ancient hot-stone massages, visitors will feel revitalized with energy at An Bang Beach. 960 1280

Miha Urbanija  

86. Mission Beach

86. Mission Beach

From surfing to paddleboarding on the undulating waves of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Beach is the ultimate SoCal destination for anyone looking to enjoy a day at the beach with a board in hand or underfoot.  960 1280

  

85. Key Largo

85. Key Largo

The first and northernmost member of the Florida Keys is the self-proclaimed “diving capital of the world” and leaves little room for argument. With Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary just off shore, divers can rediscover ship wrecks from the past while also experiencing some of the clearest water they will ever see. 960 1280

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84. Boston Beach

84. Boston Beach

A legendary mecca for fans of spicy food, Boston Beach is considered the birthplace of Jamaican jerk seasoning. It is located on the northeastern shores of Jamaica, the third-largest island in the Greater Antilles, and attracts surfers and explorers seeking a glimpse of the secluded waterfalls in the nearby rain forest.  960 1280

  

83. Old San Juan

83. Old San Juan

The modern city of San Juan holds a piece of history, with colorful architecture and the Castillo San Felipe, a fort built by the Spanish starting in the 16th century. Lounge on the packed beaches, or take advantage of surfing and watersports.  Unwind in the evening at Old San Juan’s Barrachina Bar, the birthplace of the piña colada. 960 1280

  

82. Pink Sands Beach

82. Pink Sands Beach

For a truly dreamy and romantic experience, travel to Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas for 3 miles of pristine, clear water against sand with a rosy hue. 960 1280

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81. Assateague Island

81. Assateague Island

As Maryland’s only oceanfront park, Assateague State Park borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west. The 2 miles of ocean beaches offer swimming, sunbathing, surfing, fishing and exploring secluded coves by canoe or kayak.

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80. Fowl Cay

80. Fowl Cay

Fowl Cay is part of the Exumas, a collection of tiny islands just south of the capitol of Nassau.  Rent a secluded villa equipped with a personal speedboat, and get free range to explore the island, drift through a sunlit sea cave and feed the wild swimming pigs.  960 1280

  

79. Miramar Beach

79. Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach is a Gulf shore paradise for ultimate relaxation. This beach neighborhood brings back the feel of classic coastal enclaves with its scenic beach roads, surf shops, fabulous restaurants, beachfront homes and beachside resorts and condos with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. 960 1280

  

78. Playa de Los lances

78. Playa de Los lances

At Spain’s southernmost point, a world-renowned wind tunnel meets 5 straight miles of crystal-clear water, soft white sand and a rush of surfers’ adrenaline. The result is a gathering of thousands at the undisputed kite-surfing capital of the world. 960 1280

  

77. Isla Mujeres

77. Isla Mujeres

One of the 10 municipalities in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres has been an important island since the time of the Mayans. Scuba dive, snorkel, or take a glass-boat tour to experience the massive coral reef, or spot the underwater museum of handcrafted concrete statues designed to resemble members of the local community.  960 1280

  

76. Joaquina Beach

76. Joaquina Beach

Florianoplis is a small island and strip of land in southern Brazil with no fewer than 47 stunning beaches, including Joaquina Beach. The area has been called the best place to live in Brazil by locals and expats alike. The amazing beaches offer spectacular surfing, sand-boarding in the rolling dunes, and a boardwalk packed with delectable cuisine. 960 1280

  

75. Paradise Beach

75. Paradise Beach

Situated among a small series of islands in the Aegean Sea is the tiny gem of Mykonos. It’s a dreamy destination with a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, homey taverns and hidden churches, all set against a brilliant blue backdrop. Known for massive parties and special events, such as full-moon parties and bubble parties, Paradise Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in the world. 960 1280

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74. Buccoo Bay

74. Buccoo Bay

Buccoo Bay Beach has one the top coral reefs in the world. Watch a famous goat race or go horseback riding through the smooth, sandy beaches and the emerald-green sea on a trek known as Healing With Horses.  960 1280

  

73. Doe Bay

73. Doe Bay

With lush forests, cliff-side landscapes, fresh salmon and the chance to see orcas swim before your eyes, the San Juan Islands are a serene escape for nature lovers.  960 1280

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72. Kanantik

72. Kanantik

Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort successfully combines the elements of nature and luxury by providing a sustainable, eco-sensitive and low-impact design that preserves the natural surroundings while providing a superior resort experience. Situated within 1,300 acres of untouched jungle, it offers private cabanas, a saltwater pool and world-class dining.  960 1280

  

71. Wildwood Beach

71. Wildwood Beach

Just down the coast from Atlantic City, Wildwood is famous for all things kitsch. Featuring multiple retro-style hotels, 5 amusement piers, carnival games and plenty of restaurants, the Wildwood boardwalk is one of the longest in the country.  960 1280

  

70. St. George's, Greneda

70. St. George's, Greneda

Mount Hartman Bay Estate an independently owned boutique hotel, is in the Caribbean paradise of St. George's Grenada. Set on a private peninsula on the island’s southern coast, it has uninterrupted views across the bay to the Mount Hartman Nature Reserve. Each uniquely themed room varies, from a stone tower honeymoon suite surrounded by an infinity pool to a waterfall suite with handcrafted stones from the ancient Arawak tribe. 960 1280

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69. Polihale

69. Polihale

Polihale State Park is a remote beach at the end of a 5-mile-long dirt road from Mana Village. Getting to this beach is a road-trip adventure in itself. You’ll feel alone in this paradise of white sand and rolling waves against a mountainous backdrop. 960 1280

  

68. Railay Beach

68. Railay Beach

With calm, crystal-blue waters lined with 400-foot limestone cliffs, Railay Beach is a paradise for rock climbers and base jumpers. Explore beach caves and indulge in Thai coffee made with local beans or a coconut stuffed with ice cream on this marvelous peninsula, which is accessible only by boat.

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67. Follay Beach

67. Follay Beach

Folly Beach in South Carolina is referred to by locals as the “Edge of America.” This charming coastal town is home to painted sunrises and sunsets, rich history, good food and expansive beaches.  960 1280

  

66. Virginia Beach

66. Virginia Beach

Nestled along the eastern shore of the United States, right in prime mid-Atlantic real estate, lies the historic seaside town of Virginia Beach. With 3 miles of boardwalk and 5.5 million visitors a year, Virginia Beach holds the title of “world’s largest pleasure beach” in the Guinness Book of World Records. 960 1280

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65. Punta Mona

65. Punta Mona

Located countless miles from civilization, where untamed rain forests open to the sea, Punta Mona isn’t just a destination; it’s an educational experience. The lights are solar-powered, water is collected by catch basin, and every extraordinary and exotic meal is sourced entirely from the community’s permaculture farm.  960 1280

  

64. Little Palm Island

64. Little Palm Island

Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys boasts a history of elite tourists, including American presidents! Ride the Truman yacht to get to this hammock-lined paradise. 960 1280

  

63. Bouley Bay

63. Bouley Bay

With a reputation for some of the best seafood in Europe, a beach ride called cart-surfing, and an ancient fort that visitors can stay in, the island of Jersey is truly a sand and surf hot spot.   960 1280

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62. Joseph Sylvia State

62. Joseph Sylvia State

From private plane tours around the island over Joseph Sylvia State Beach to private clambakes right on the sand, Oak Bluffs is a must-visit place in Martha’s Vineyard. This sought-after spot has become a unique vacation destination for those who wish to experience the culture and lifestyle of a classic New England island. 960 1280

  

61. S'Arenal de San Antonio

61. S'Arenal de San Antonio

The stunningly beautiful Ocean Beach Ibiza is known to some as the party capital of the world. Home to the delightfully deviant El Carnaval, the beach has rosters of acrobats, stunt performers and dancers lining the landscape.

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60. Secret Beach

60. Secret Beach

Tucked away amid the unspoiled nature on the island of Dominica, Secret Bay offers sustainable luxury villas and bungalows, making it the perfect place for a Caribbean vacation. Situated on a cliff top overlooking the Caribbean Sea, accessible only by boat, Secret Bay has 2 beaches, the magical Cario River, a spectacular sea cave and 2 distinct microclimates. 960 1280

  

59. Boulders Beach

59. Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa, has powdery white-sand beaches, gleaming turquoise waters and a glorious boardwalk. It is famous for its nearly 3,000 friendly, beach-dwelling penguins. 960 1280

  

58. Ocean City, MD

58. Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD, is the action-packed beach hub of the East Coast. It exudes all-American spirit with a historical boardwalk, golden sandy beaches and classical good eats.  960 1280

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57. Cane Bay

57. Cane Bay

On the west side of the island of St. Croix is a palm-tree-lined beach called Cane Bay. It’s renowned for its diving expeditions, and visitors can navigate to one of the world’s deepest trenches or journey into the rain forest to find Cheech, a native who carves unique sculptures from island mahogany. 960 1280

  

56. Vik Beach

56. Vik Beach

Vik Beach in Vik-Handelssted, Iceland, is the only place in the world where you can experience a rare black-sand beach, stand on an absolutely gargantuan glacier and take in the ice-packed caldera of an active volcano, all in one day. 960 1280

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55. Patong Beach

55. Patong Beach

Patong Beach in the Kathu District of Phuket offers a stunning beach scene by day and a notorious club scene by night. Step off the shore and party into the night at some of the many electric bars and clubs.  960 1280

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54. Waikiki

54. Waikiki

With surfing, canoeing, volcanic backdrops, luaus and offshore shark dives, Waikiki Beach is indisputably the most popular Hawaiian destination.
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53. Lido Di San Montano

53. Lido Di San Montano

Experience the thermal hot springs that are heated by underground volcanoes throughout Ischia Island, which is one of the Phlegraean Islands. Set among soaring mountains, the area has a unique character that’s evident in everything from its delightful dishes and thirst-quenching drinks to its rich history and refined architecture. 960 1280

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52. Silver Mine Bay

52. Silver Mine Bay

At Silver Mine Bay Beach on the Hong Kong island of Lantau, you can find some of the spiciest fresh seafood and stay in a hidden resort that was once a jailhouse. This small fishing town is an ideal launching pad to explore other parts of Lantau Island, including the famous Big Buddha, the Po Lin Monastery and the stilt houses of Tai O village. 960 1280

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51. Fire Island

51. Fire Island

A hidden beach oasis just an hour from Manhattan, Fire Island has no paved roads and limited Internet access. Visit the 40-acre Sunken Forest, one of the last remaining maritime forests on the eastern seaboard.  960 1280

  

50. Santa Cruz

50. Santa Cruz

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz features a vibrant blend of the beach cultures of the West Coast and Hawaii. After an appetite-building day on the sand, head to the boardwalk for some mouthwatering California beach specialties, such as deep-fried artichoke slathered in garlic butter, homemade fudge, saltwater taffy, caramel apples and crispy-sweet chocolate-covered bacon. 960 1280

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49. Kourion Beach

49. Kourion Beach

Kourion Beach in Limassol, Cyprus, is slightly off the beaten path, but it boasts 5-star hotels, the ancient Tombs of the Kings and superb scuba diving in a massive shipwreck. Romantic cliffs and turquoise water make this a stunning sand and surf destination, while in the town square, local performers put on a fantastic show of traditional dancing and bouzouki playing. 960 1280

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48. West End Cliffs

48. West End Cliffs

Come to Negril for the beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere, and take a trip to the biggest hot spot in all of Jamaica, Rick’s Café on the West End Cliffs. Situated on a rugged cliff jutting out over the sea, this bar is the ultimate dining destination. Become spoiled with amazing local food and drink, or hang out in the bar’s pool, with unimaginable views as you watch the sun melt behind the horizon.

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47. Gordon Beach

47. Gordon Beach

With an urban beach alongside a world-class city, ancient streets and modern nightlife, Tel Aviv is the “Miami on the Mediterranean.” Gordon Beach is the center of Tel Aviv’s action, with volleyball, swimming pools, playgrounds and scantily clad beach bods.  960 1280

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46. Key West

46. Key West

Key West is one of the many small Florida islands famous for their amazing beaches, crystal-clear water and the only living coral barrier reef in the continental US. The Keys span 110 miles and are connected through bridges, waterways and airports, making these islands easily accessible by land, sea and air. 960 1280

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45. Buccament Bay

45. Buccament Bay

Rolling hills, submerged volcanoes, breathtaking rain forests and picturesque waterfalls make up Buccament Bay on St. Vincent. Amid its 150 square miles of real estate, this Caribbean island — which has been continuously inhabited for centuries — has black- and white-sand beaches, as well as many ancient and colonial ruins. 960 1280

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44. South Padre Bay

44. South Padre Bay

South Padre Island is a 34-mile stretch of sandy bliss in the Gulf of Mexico and is considered to be the hottest destination in Texas for spring-break partiers. Most of the year, this small island is a serene beach oasis, but when summer hits, it morphs into a wild beach bash with thousands of college students. 960 1280

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43. Surfers Paradise

43. Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia, is prime time for the international surfing crowd. Whether you’re surfing, boogie-boarding, skim-boarding, kite-boarding or cliff diving, the water is always packed. Surfers Paradise also has a booming boardwalk, a flourishing nightlife and an impressive, 1,058-foot-tall tower with an observation deck that provides 360-degree views of the city. 960 1280

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42. Soneva Kiri

42. Soneva Kiri

Charter a private plane and speedboat to reach the remote Soneva Kiri Resort and Beach. Sitting on Thailand's fourth-largest and least-populated island, Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri combines a resort getaway on a private beach with untamed wilderness. 960 1280

  

41. San Alfonso Del Mar

41. San Alfonso Del Mar

Sal Alfonso del Mar is a private resort in Algarrobo, Chile, that is home to the largest swimming pool in the world, with 66 million gallons of treated Pacific Ocean water. In this record-breaking pool, visitors can take part in watersports such as sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. 960 1280

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40. Montauk

40. Montauk

Montauk has become a sought-after destination for local and foreign travelers looking for the perfect place for relaxation, wellness, sunshine, surfing, fishing, exceptional dining and unparalleled majestic sunsets. 960 1280

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39. Oludeniz

39. Oludeniz

Just south of Oludeniz is Butterfly Valley, a breathtaking geological fjord on the Mediterranean Sea. As a preserved natural site where there is no land development or construction, the only accommodation facilities here are tents and bungalows. Butterfly Valley offers opportunities to bathe in waterfalls, hike through lush valleys and watch magnificent sunsets over the cliffs.  960 1280

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38. Lake Atitlan

38. Lake Atitlan

The Laguna Lodge overlooks the azure water of Lake Atitlán from its perch in its own private nature reserve. Guests can indulge in the luxury of this boutique hotel while gazing across at 3 scenic volcanoes.

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37. Oregon Dunes

37. Oregon Dunes

South Jetty Beach is a perfect pit stop along the 382-mile Oregon Coast Trail, which stretches mostly through beaches and state parks. 960 1280

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36. Cala'n Porter

36. Cala'n Porter

Cala’n Porter is a thriving destination with not only natural beauty, but also all the amenities you could possibly need for a great break from regular life.  960 1280

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35. Rodeo Beach

35. Rodeo Beach

Experience the best of the San Francisco area’s nature at a black-sand pebble beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where semiprecious stones are hidden among the tall, rolling cliffs. There are miles of hiking and biking trails alongside the towering sequoia trees within the park. 960 1280

  

34. Playa Paraiso

34. Playa Paraiso

A town in Mexico that has been continuously inhabited for thousands of years — with the architecture to prove it — Tulum is a destination that is not to be missed for history lovers. For those who wish to swim in some of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches, it also provides spots such as the El Paraiso Hotel 960 1280

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33. Driftwood Beach

33. Driftwood Beach

This tranquil island off the coast of Georgia is known for its ideal shrimping waters and distinctive stretches of sand. Called a Gothic tree graveyard because of its haunting driftwood bundles, Driftwood Beach is mesmerizing. 960 1280

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32. St. Jean Beach

32. St. Jean Beach

Located in the Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean, St. Barts is a premier location for young, hot, hip tourists looking to party all night and kick back on St. Jean Beach all day.  960 1280

  

31. Rehobeth Beach

31. Rehobeth Beach

Rehoboth Beach, DE, is the ultimate red-hot American summer beach, not to mention the skim-boarding capital of the East Coast. 960 1280

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30. Soufriere

30. Soufriere

St. Lucia holds the distinction of being the most mountainous island in the Caribbean. Trek to the Pitons in Soufriere and take an ATV ride through the rain forests, right up to private beaches and waterfalls. Jade Mountain Resort is built into the mountains and features open-air suites, or “sanctuaries,” many with their own infinity pools, as well as world-class restaurants and an open-air bar. 960 1280

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29. Luquillo Beach

29. Luquillo Beach

The public beach of Luquillo is one of the most beautiful in Puerto Rico, but its proximity to rain forests, particularly El Yunque National Forest, is what draws visitors here from around the world. Luquillo Beach is a huge plantation of majestic coconut palm shades and more than a mile of fine, shimmering sand. 960 1280

  

28. Lahaina Beach

28. Lahaina Beach

On the western shore of Maui, Lahaina is a beach community famous for the many shops and restaurants that line Front Street, located right on the water. The Old Lahaina Luau is a premier destination with Hawaiian culture and cuisine. 960 1280

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27. Hollywood Beach

27. Hollywood Beach

Located 10 miles south of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach is a family-friendly, historical beach city that has been popular since the 1920s. 960 1280

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26. Bondi Beach

26. Bondi Beach

Only a few miles away from downtown Sydney lies one of the greatest beachfronts on the planet, Bondi Beach. This roughly half-mile strip of beach, its boardwalk and the town serving as its backdrop offer enough amenities and activities to make it the perfect sand and surf hot spot.  960 1280

  

25. Fornillo Beach

25. Fornillo Beach

Beautiful Fornillo Beach is a hidden secret in the beloved fishing village of Positano on the Amalfi Coast. A small, pebble-stone beach at the bottom of a plunging cliff face, it sits to the west of Marina Grande, the main beach in Positano. 960 1280

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24. Princess Margaret Beach

24. Princess Margaret Beach

Feel like a native by taking a walk down a hidden path to the secret Princess Margaret Beach, and enjoy the area’s unspoiled treasures on Bequia Island. Relish the extensive stretch of private oceanfront looking out toward the bay and yachts, and marvel at some of the most unusual volcanic cave structures in the world. 960 1280

  

23. Atlantic City

23. Atlantic City

Just down the coast from Atlantic City, Wildwood is famous for all things kitsch. Featuring multiple retro-style hotels, 5 amusement piers, carnival games and plenty of restaurants, the Wildwood boardwalk is one of the longest in the country.

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22. Playa Solmar

22. Playa Solmar

Long considered one of the top tourist destinations in the world, this city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula is home to some of the hottest beaches, resorts, clubs and, of course, people. It contains pristine beaches great for lounging or going for a swim, as well as some of the best restaurants in the entire country. 960 1280

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21. North Male Atoll

21. North Male Atoll

The North Male Atoll, which is nestled in the middle of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sri Lanka, is home to secluded, immaculate beaches, private bungalows and remarkable ocean views.  960 1280

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20. Red Frog Beach

20. Red Frog Beach

The Caribbean archipelago of Bocas del Toro is a blend of soothing luxury, raw culture and untamed rain forests. Red Frog Beach Island Resort on Isla Bastimentos is a perfect mix of all 3. 

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19. Banje Beach

19. Banje Beach

Banje Beach, a pebble and sand beach with a view of the Old Town, is in the heart of Dubrovnik. The perfect oasis here is Eastwest Beach Club, ideal for relaxing on the lounge chairs and exotic bamboo beds, sipping cocktails or decompressing with a deep-tissue body massage. 960 1280

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18. Grotto Beach

18. Grotto Beach

For adventurous travelers, a trip to the great white shark and whale capital of the world is a must. After taking one of the many shark and whale tours, head to Grotto Beach to relax with a gorgeous mountainous backdrop and rolling yet gentle waves.  960 1280

  

17. Boracay Islands

17. Boracay Islands

This picturesque white-sand beach and its incredibly delicious local cuisine and intense watersports define bliss in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

16. White Sand Beach

16. White Sand Beach

In the isolated islands of the Trat province, on the western shore of Ko Chang, lies gorgeous White Sand Beach. Relax in the beach’s rain forest while swimming with gentle elephants, bathe in the spectacular jungle waterfalls, and then eat to your stomach’s content at one of many roadside venders with goodies grilled to perfection. 960 1280

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15. Rendezvous Bay

15. Rendezvous Bay

Anguilla is one of the smaller Caribbean islands — and one of its best-kept secrets. Mere steps from the beach on Rendezvous Bay sits the exclusive CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa. It’s surrounded by lush, tropical plant life and the world’s only hydroponic farm. 960 1280

  

14. Playa Los Cerritos

14. Playa Los Cerritos

As one of the last places in the country that sustains its old-school Mexican feel, Los Cerritos in Todos Santos offers extraordinary surfing and a passionate art scene.  960 1280

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13. Venice Beach

13. Venice Beach

Angeles hosts millions of visitors every year who come to enjoy the sights and check out some of the wildest characters around. Featuring quirky street performers, various vendors and exceptional fishing, it’s no surprise that Venice Beach is a must-see. 960 1280

  

12. Palm Island

12. Palm Island

Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys boasts a history of elite tourists, including American presidents! Ride the Truman yacht to get to this hammock-lined paradise. 960 1280

  

11. South Beach

11. South Beach

By day, South Beach is known for its colorful art-deco cityscape, which provides a surreal backdrop to the crystal-blue beaches. By night, the beach’s dynamically thriving nightlife takes over. 

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10. Playa Grande

10. Playa Grande

Long considered one of the top tourist destinations in the world, this city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula is home to some of the hottest beaches, resorts, clubs and, of course, people. It contains pristine beaches great for lounging or going for a swim, as well as some of the best restaurants in the entire country. 960 1280

  

9. Sand Beach

9. Sand Beach

Sand Beach in Maine's Acadia National Park is a hidden gem. Acadia was the first national park in the eastern US and with endless beauty and diversity, this rugged coast this beach is a favorite attraction for visitors each year. 960 1280

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8. Caves Branch

8. Caves Branch

Suit up for adventure and invade the shadowy, ancient Mayan caves, led by experienced Caves Branch guides. Discover primitive Mayan artifacts, such as face carvings and original pottery, as well as natural wall formations. 960 1280

  

7. Wai'anapanapa

7. Wai'anapanapa

The eastern shore of Maui offers a lush world accessible by the twisting Hana Highway, which leads to the ultimate secluded nature destination. The otherworldly black-volcanic-sand beaches, hidden caves, tall jungle trees and roaring, swimmable waterfalls illustrate the sensory experience of Wai’anapanapa State Park. 960 1280

  

6. Playa Chac Mool

6. Playa Chac Mool

Playa Chac Mool is an expansive stretch of beautiful white sand and lovely aqua waters, characterizing the beaches of Cancun. The premier party destination in Mexico — and one of the best in the entire world — this resort town is more than just a popular spring-break spot.  960 1280

  

5. Cape Hatteras

5. Cape Hatteras

As one of the largest preserved parcels of the Outer Banks, this national seashore stretches across 70 miles of coastline. It encompasses 7 villages on Hatteras Island and provides visitors with undisturbed, scenic beaches, as well as some of the prettiest natural drives on the East Coast.

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4. Matira Beach, Bora Bora

4. Matira Beach, Bora Bora

Bora Bora is the one of the most secluded, most romantic islands in the world, with surreal and captivating beauty. The water is a kaleidoscope of shimmering jade, sapphire and turquoise blues.

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3. Ipanema Beach

3. Ipanema Beach

The most-visited city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro offers an endless supply of water- and land-based activities. Complete with a surreal cityscape, unbelievable sand and surf, and some of the most beautiful people in the world, Ipanema Beach offers an eyeful of wonder of various kinds.

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2. Ruby Beach

2. Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach is accessible from a trail that cuts through the maritime forest and leads to the coast. When travelers reach the end, they can go south to the glorious Ruby Beach or head north to the mouth of the Hoh River. 960 1280

  

1. Red Beach

1. Red Beach

Santorini, the quintessential Greek isle in the Cyclades, features houses stacked on cliffs with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, fresh seafood and an incredible atmosphere. With several local white- and black-sand beaches, Red Beach is possibly the most stunning, thanks to a nearby collapsed volcano and cave houses in the cliff side that were turned into luxurious holiday resorts.

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Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Full of narrow streets lined with beautiful baroque architecture and neoclassical monuments, Old Havana — or, at the time, Havana — was founded in 1519 along Cuba’s northwestern shore. Encircled by former city walls and dotted with large plazas and fortresses, Old Havana, aka Habana Vieja, made the UNESCO World Heritage List in the early 1980s because of the vast number of ancient structures preserved over the course of several centuries. 960 1280

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Trinidad and the nearby Valle de los Ingenios

Trinidad and the nearby Valle de los Ingenios

Located in central Cuba, the town of Trinidad and the nearby Valle de los Ingenios (“Sugar Mill Valley”) gained recognition and flourished from the late 18th century through the late 19th century thanks to the prosperity of the sugar industry. The former bell tower (pictured), which was converted into the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos in 1986, is arguably the most recognizable building in all of Trinidad. The Valle de los Ingenios is now a “living museum,” featuring 75 former sugar mills and plantations. 960 1280

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San Pedro de la Roca Castle

San Pedro de la Roca Castle

Sitting atop a 200-foot-high peninsula at the entrance of the Santiago de Cuba Bay, San Pedro de la Roca Castle was built in 1638 to protect the port of Santiago from piracy because of conflicts between Spain and England. Converted to a prison in the 1800s, the former fortress now acts as a pirate museum and is considered one of many fortresses that helped define Cuba during the 17th century. 960 1280

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Parque Nacional Desembarco del Granma

Parque Nacional Desembarco del Granma

Desembarco del Granma National Park may have made the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its pristine coastal cliffs, magnificent marine terraces and many spectacular waterfalls, but it gets its name from the yacht (Granma) that carried Fidel Castro and 80-plus supporters of the Cuban Revolution, including Che Guevara, from Mexico to the Cuban shoreline in 1956. 960 1280

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First Coffee Plantations in the Southeast of Cuba

First Coffee Plantations in the Southeast of Cuba

After the Haitian slave revolt in the late 1700s, French immigrants began defecting to Cuba, and Santiago de Cuba in particular. Once there, they set up coffee plantations and built beautiful stone mansions on the land. La Isabelica (pictured), which was named after the owner’s slave mistress-turned-wife, now acts as a museum, housing several pieces of original furniture and various instruments used to cultivate the crop during the 1800s. 960 1280

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The Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos

The Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos

Most of the neoclassical buildings in the historic city center of Cienfuegos remain unharmed by human touch, but because of the city’s location on the bay, several of the structures have been damaged by hurricanes. While renovations occur after a natural disaster, the city center is still considered to be the best example of 19th-century urban-planning principles used by the Spanish. The streets are designed to be straight and symmetric, with monumental buildings lining them on each side, including the iconic former City Hall (pictured). 960 1280

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Valle de Vinales

Valle de Vinales

Located in the Pinar del Rio province in the Sierra de los Organos (“Organs Mountain Range”), Valle de Vinales has become a popular tourist destination, thanks to its stunning scenery, vast limestone rock faces for climbing and many hiking trails. Considered to be one of the lushest parts of the island, Valle de Vinales houses some of Cuba’s — and the world’s — best tobacco plantations. 960 1280

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Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt

Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt

Regarded by UNESCO as “one of the most biologically diverse tropical island sites on Earth,” Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is home to several plants and species endemic to the Guantanamo region of Cuba. Because it has such a large number of native inhabitants and a wide range of ecosystems, the park has gained global recognition and is one of the most well-preserved parks in the world. 960 1280

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The Historic Center of Camaguey

The Historic Center of Camaguey

From art deco and art nouveau to neoclassical and neocolonial, the historic center of Camaguey is filled with architecture influenced by several different styles from past centuries. The third-largest city in the country is known for its numerous churches, which fill Camaguey with history and Cuban heritage. 960 1280

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