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We reveal the best stretches of sand in Spain, including Illas Cies in Ria de Vigo and Es Trenc in Mallorca.
Some of the world's most gleaming sands, sparkling waters and glamorous coastal getaways line the edges of Europe.
Explore some of Thailand's more secluded spots.
The Caribbean has more than its share of breathtaking beaches.
Nestled along the French Riviera and a short drive from Nice or Cannes, St. Tropez is one of the liveliest towns along the coast during the summer.
Respite from crowds in Martha's Vineyard can be found up-island.
Going down the Shore is a popular summer tradition with pleasant towns, festive boardwalks, cozy beach houses and miles of family-friendly beaches.
Kapalua Beach is a gem of golden sand bounded by swaying palm trees.
Croatia's main tourist attraction is, and has been, its beaches.
Puerto Rico is dotted with hidden beaches that offer great snorkeling, gorgeous seascapes and few fellow sunbathers to disturb your getaway.
Trendsetters, jetsetters and beach lovers flock to Newport Beach.
Known for its beautiful beaches, Pernambuco is exotic and remote, providing the ultimate escape from reality.
Ocean City has earned the nickname "America's Greatest Family Resort."
Perched on the sunny Queensland coast 161 miles northeast of Brisbane, Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and home to one of the world's best beaches.
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