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Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

As Brazil gears up to host the 2014 World Cup this month, Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach is top of mind for many travelers to the region. This must-see 2 1/2-mile stretch of sand is flanked by jagged mountains and lined by Avenida Atlantica, a famed mosaic-covered promenade ideal for scoping out the sunset. Feeling athletic? Take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, or test your mettle surfing the surprisingly sizeable waves

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