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Fun in the Sun on Sandy Shores

Imagine sugar-white sands and shimmering turquoise waves lapping at your toes. Sound divine? Whether you choose to frolic in the brilliant green sea along Florida's Emerald Coast or prefer to unwind in an exotic island locale such as Thailand or the Philippines, read on for beach vacation inspiration.

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street performer
street performer

street performer

Marianela delights in the tunes from this performer. Venice Beach is known for being an inspiration to many artists and musicians, including Jim Morrison. 960 1280

  

los angeles

los angeles

Even though Venice Beach is in Los Angeles, it’s a whole other world apart from Hollywood. 960 1280

  

performers entertain

performers entertain

From break dancers to musicians to mimes, hundreds of performers entertain on the boardwalk each day. 960 1280

  

skateboarding master

skateboarding master

Marianela meets a skateboarding master. “The rush keeps me alive,” he says. 960 1280

  

modern skateboarding

modern skateboarding

Venice nurtured the rise of modern skateboarding in the 1970s, and with a 16,000-ft. park, it’s skater heaven. 960 1280

  

urban playground

urban playground

The diverse art and culture is what makes this urban playground so special. 960 1280

  

colorful grafitti

colorful grafitti

The graffiti that decorates the public walls adds to Venice’s colorful atmosphere. 960 1280

  

oceanfront boardwalk

oceanfront boardwalk

It’s impossible to be bored with 2.5 miles of an oceanfront boardwalk full of shopping, dining, sports, art and more. 960 1280

  

muscle beach

muscle beach

Marianela checks out Muscle Beach, the outdoor weight room in the sand. 960 1280

  

venice breakwater

venice breakwater

Venice Beach is a popular destination for surfers who want to test out the Venice Breakwater. 960 1280

  

basketball courts

basketball courts

Marianela channels her inner Kobe on the basketball courts. 960 1280

  

Located just south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is the primary tourist destination in the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

  

The beaches of Playa del Carmen are most populated along Fifth Avenue, where many resorts are located. 960 1280

  

At Xcaret near Playa del Carmen, visitors can choose from a variety of activities -- or just lounge by the water 960 1280

  

Dive into the warm, crystalline waters of Xcaret Bay. 960 1280

  

At Akumal, offshore reefs protect the white sands and filter warm water through subterranean rivers. 960 1280

  

A conch shell lies on Akumal beach. 960 1280

  

Puerto Morelos is the gateway to the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

Photo by Davidberkowitz through the Flickr Creative Commons  

The warm, welcoming beaches of Puerto Morelos match the temperaments of its people. 960 1280

Photo by Davidberkowitz through the Flickr Creative Commons  

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