A Beach of a Different Color

Close your eyes and imagine digging your toes in the sand as you gaze out over a beautiful beach landscape. Now look down. What color is the sand you’re standing on? Just your average beige? How boring. Instead, picture yourself at one of these 21 shorelines, where you’ll find stunning beaches in almost every color of the rainbow.

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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  

Praia de Pernambuco

Praia de Pernambuco

Praia de Pernambuco is located in São Paulo state – not in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. One of the many beaches situated in the municipality of Guarujá, this lovely coastline has the laid-back vibe of the northeast, even though it’s located approximately an hour away from Brazil’s largest city. A bit farther afield than the other beaches of the Litoral Paulista, Pernambuco also attracts more than its share of sun-tanned hotties. Distance from São Paulo: 60 miles. 960 1280

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Canoa Quebrada

Canoa Quebrada

Just a few hours away from Fortaleza and minutes from the equator, Canoa Quebrada enchants visitors with its incredible sunrises and sunsets. It not uncommon for beachgoers to climb the beach’s highest sand dunes to witness this spectacular view. Windsurfing, swimming, sun tanning, and people-watching are the daylight past-times; while the bars and nightspots along Rua da Broadway keep the scene hot after the sunset. One of the more dramatic ways to get to Canoa Quebrada from town is by dune buggy. Distance from Fortaleza: 103 miles. 960 1280

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Maracajaú

Maracajaú

Nicknamed “The Brazilian Caribbean” because of its powdery white sand and spectacular coral reefs, Maracajaú offers the perfect mix of sea, sun, and sand. The 3.5-acre Maracajaú Reef, located just 4 miles offshore, hugs the Brazilian coastline near its easternmost point and mesmerizes divers and snorkelers with its colorful array of coral and marine life. Visitors from Natal can come down for the day by dune buggy or stay at one of the town’s 3 intimate inns. Distance from Natal: 31 miles. 960 1280

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Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo

The tip of land pointing into the Atlantic Ocean a couple of hours east of Rio de Janeiro is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the country. Arraial do Cabo, just south of the resort town of Cabo Frio, features brilliant white sands and cerulean seas, with a string of beaches ranging from intimate to party-size. Beautiful Praia do Farol is only accessible via a launch and sits in the shadow of the impressive Fenda de Nossa Senhora rock formations. Distance from Rio de Janeiro: 105 miles. 960 1280

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Baía do Sancho

Baía do Sancho

Secluded and far, far away from the Brazilian mainland and the world, the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is home to the World’s Best Beach in 2015, according to the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice poll. Baía do Sancho is the perfect crescent-shaped stretch of sand with a protective layer of thick tropical vegetation that make this a secluded spot. The striking, rocky outcroppings and calm turquoise seas lull lucky visitors into a dreamy paradise come true. Distance from Natal: 217 miles. 960 1280

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Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara

Affectionately known as Jeri, the backpacking haven of Jericoacoara still packs a punch as one of the world’s best beaches. Guarded by a verdant, 20-acre national park, Jeri features exotic landmarks such as the Pedra Furada stone arch and the abandoned town of Tatajuba. It’s also a great destination for fun activities like kitesurfing, windsurfing, swimming, sandboarding, horseback riding, and yes, even capoeira lessons. The beach at Jeri faces west, setting the stage for phenomenal sunsets over tranquil waters. Distance from Fortaleza: 185 miles. 960 1280

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Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte

An eco-friendly beach and a popular resort area, Praia do Forte offers a cleaner, quieter alternative to Salvador da Bahia’s socially sizzling, but not-altogether-pristine beaches. The peaceful atmosphere of this fishing village – rich in history and culture – is undergirded by the impactful history and culture of the place, while the extensive coral reef, whale and sea turtle sightings, and ecologically focused non-profit organizations operating in the area mean a rich experience that goes beyond the typical hang-out and tanning session on the beach. Distance from Salvador: 50 miles. 960 1280

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Praia Mole

Praia Mole

Long, wide, and often populated by some of the most beautiful young hipsters ever to frolic on a Brazilian beach, Praia Mole is Florianópolis’ answer to Ipanema. Due east of the city – in the middle of Santa Catarina Island’s Atlantic shore – Praia Mole is the center of the region’s youth culture and it’s also an LGBT-friendly hotspot as well. Surfing – and “sightseeing” – make this stretch of sand popular, but it remains arguably the most pleasant of the country’s urban beaches. Distance from Florianópolis: 11 miles. 960 1280

Secretaria de Turismo de Santa Catarina  

Praia da Pipa

Praia da Pipa

Cliffs of sand and seaside shrubbery tower over Praia da Pipa. It is still one of the more laid-back jewels on the Brazilian coastline – despite the surfers and beach bums from around the world who make this a popular beach. Situated amidst a lush ecological sanctuary, Pipa also features a small but diverse dining scene as well as a handful of fun spots for drinking and dancing the night away. Distance from Natal: 50 miles. 960 1280

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Ubatuba

Ubatuba

Known as the “Capital do Surf” in Portuguese, the town of Ubatuba – with more than 100 beaches in the vicinity – hosts at least 10 international surf competitions every year. Among them are Ilha das Couves, with its deserted sands and excellent diving; and Itamambuca, known for pretty tubular surf action. Distance from São Paulo: 139 miles. 960 1280

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Lovin’ Summer Beach Tent

Lovin’ Summer Beach Tent

First one down to the beach pitches the tent. Thanks to its smart design, you can tote Aussie brand Lovin’ Summer’s beach tent on your shoulder and assemble it yourself — making you the envy of all the other early birds struggling to put up their tents. 960 1280
The Original Double-Sided Canvas Game-Bag Set

The Original Double-Sided Canvas Game-Bag Set

Who doesn’t like a 2-in-1? A Summer Shop’s reversible backgammon and checkers game bag turns into the board. 960 1280

A Summer Shop  

The Beach People Original Roundie

The Beach People Original Roundie

In a sea of beach towels, stand out with this plush, 100% cotton stunner from the Beach People that’s affectionately called the Roundie. 960 1280

The Beach People  

Ultimate Ears Speaker

Ultimate Ears Speaker

Pint-sized. Portable. Bluetooth. Waterproof. The UE Roll is everything you could want from a speaker and more. Bring 360-degree sound with you to the beach and beyond (just strap it on with a marine-grade bungee cord before jumping off that cliff). 960 1280

Ultimate Ears  

Acme Picnic Basket for 4

Acme Picnic Basket for 4

Just add food and drinks to this ready-made picnic basket. With bamboo plates, linen napkins and a glass carafe, your beach spread never looked so elegant. 960 1280

ACME Party Box Company  

Huffy Cape Cod Cruiser

Huffy Cape Cod Cruiser

Splurge on the ultimate beach accessory: a classic Huffy beach cruiser bike, whose nautical-inspired design, leather saddle bag and roomy basket make it worthy of a ride down Main Street in Hyannis, MA. 960 1280

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Venice Beach Deck Chair

Venice Beach Deck Chair

On a Venice Beach, CA, deck or the beaches of the French Riviera, picture yourself taking a catnap in this foldable Gallant & Jones chair. 960 1280

Gallant & Jones  

Define Bottle Sport Flip Top

Define Bottle Sport Flip Top

Staying hydrated should be a top priority when your plans mostly involve roasting in the sun, and this BPA-free bottle has separate compartments to infuse your water with fresh fruit. Opt for the ice pack to keep your fruit (and you) cool when temperatures rise. 960 1280

Define Bottle  

Mini Seashell Bag

Mini Seashell Bag

If shelling is a family tradition, these mesh seashell bags are a must. Kids will love picking out a fun pattern to keep their finds separate from their siblings’, and adults will appreciate that you can dip them in the water to rinse instead of tracking sand into the house or car.  960 1280
Lomo’Instant Havana Edition

Lomo’Instant Havana Edition

Who doesn’t love instant gratification on vacation? See the world through rose-colored glasses — or one of the colored filter options — on this Lomography camera. Plus, old-school Polaroids will make memorable souvenirs. 960 1280

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