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We're romping through the best beach towns in the world, counting down the most amazing things to see and do for fun, sun, and action-loving travelers. Each episode will feature the ten "must-do's" in one coastal corner of the world: the Caribbean, West Coast, Gulf Coast, Mediterranean and more.

Explore the Caribbean

Nassau, The Bahamas

Nassau, The Bahamas

Visibility in the water off Nassau in The Bahamas can reach up to 100 feet -- and that's why it's home to the world's best diving. Explore the Blue Hole, a natural hole 100-feet across and 200-feet deep full of large schools of fish. Trinity and Piece of Cake caves both have openings large enough to swim through and are home to some large lobsters. There are also countless shipwrecks that have occurred along the reefs surrounding the islands of the Bahamas that make for some very exciting underwater adventures. 960 1280

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The Caves Resort - Negril, Jamaica

The Caves Resort - Negril, Jamaica

Poised on the limestone cliffs of Negril, The Caves is owned by famed music producer, Chris Blackwell. An oceanfront sanctuary featuring 11 exclusive cliffside accommodations, 2 main dining gazebos, private cave-dining and the sexy Cave Rum and Cigar Bar, The Caves is classic Caribbean luxury and the perfect romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Stanford Antigua Sailing Week - Antigua, The West Indies

Stanford Antigua Sailing Week - Antigua, The West Indies

To pack a little action into your Caribbean vacation, head to the annual Stanford Antigua sailing week. Participants from all over the globe flock to Antigua each year hoping to win what is now considered one of the premier sailing regattas in the world. The excitement of the race combined with the hospitality and beauty of Antigua make for a vacation you'll never forget. 960 1280
Jade Mountain - St. Lucia

Jade Mountain - St. Lucia

Jade Mountain is an eco-luxury resort facing St. Lucia's Twin Piton Mountains. The resort sits on over 400 acres full of biking and hiking trails, not to mention the scuba-diving available at the marine park. Guests here are at one with nature -- because there are only 3 walls to every room at the resort. There are no phones, televisions or radios in any of the rooms. It truly is a sanctuary rather than a hotel. 960 1280
Stuart Cove's - Nassau, The Bahamas

Stuart Cove's - Nassau, The Bahamas

Dive underwater to experience the amazing visibility of the Bahamas' pristine waters. Stuart Cove's offers a unique way to experience undersea life. Climb into your personal undersea bubble: a seahorse-shaped submarine that propels you to a depth of up to 15 feet. No snorkeling or scuba experience is required, and you'll love exploring the coral reef in your own personal submarine. 960 1280
Cap Juluca - Anguilla

Cap Juluca - Anguilla

Cap Juluca is only minutes from St. Maarten by air or boat, yet it feels completely insulated from the outside world. A self-contained enclave along 2 miles of the most pristine beaches in the world, the resort is a romantic paradise featuring 18 Moorish villas, 5-star restaurants and beautifully landscaped tropical gardens. 960 1280
The Landings - St. Lucia

The Landings - St. Lucia

Open since December 19, 2007, The Landings has quickly become an idyllic vacation destination. The resort offers lavish 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom villas along St. Lucia's most gorgeous bay. The 7,000-square-foot RockResorts Spa, fitness gallery and Beach Club Restaurant all offer first-rate service to the hotel's guests. 960 1280

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Grace Bay Club - Provo, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club - Provo, Turks and Caicos

Located on 11 acres of immaculate beachfront, the Grace Bay Club was Turks and Caicos' first luxury all-suite hotel. The hotel is divided into two sections: the adults-only hotel and a family-friendly villa resort. Each provides private swimming pools and dining experiences to meet your travel desires. New features to the hotel include the Caribbean's longest bar, luxury Anani spa tents, 100 new chic day beds, a kids' tree house and the Anacaona restaurant. 960 1280
The Sandy Lane Resort - Barbados

The Sandy Lane Resort - Barbados

From the moment it first opened its doors in 1961, The Sandy Lane Resort has been the preferred resort for royalty, celebrities and other members of the elite. A treasured hideaway for the world's most discerning travelers, the resort combines classic elegance with lavish state-of-the art amenities. Famous for its tranquility, the resort also boasts 45 holes of golf spread out over 3 epic courses designed by Jim Fazio. 960 1280

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Rick's Cafe - Negril, Jamaica

Rick's Cafe - Negril, Jamaica

Located on Negril's beautiful West End Cliffs, Rick's Cafe was the first public bar and restaurant of its kind to offer unrivaled views of the sunset from the naturally formed cliffs. The cafe sits over one of West End Cliff's most incredible coves and many have jumped or dived from platforms as high as 35 feet into the crystalline water below. 960 1280

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Pink Sands Resort - Harbour Island, The Bahamas

Pink Sands Resort - Harbour Island, The Bahamas

A 20-acre haven set on the famous 3-mile pink sand beach, the Pink Sands Resort offers 25 cottages scattered throughout lush tropical grounds. The romantic resort offers a freshwater swimming pool, 3 tennis courts, an exercise studio and in-room massages. 960 1280
La Concha Resort - San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Concha Resort - San Juan, Puerto Rico

For a Caribbean escape that doesn't require a passport, head to La Concha Resort in San Juan. Originally built in 1958, the resort recently underwent a $100-million facelift. By day, it's all about the beach and the multilevel infinity pools; by night there are 5 restaurants and bars to fit your every mood. 960 1280

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High Seas Private Excursions - The Bahamas

High Seas Private Excursions - The Bahamas

If you're looking to create your own oceanic adventure vacation, then look no further than High Seas, Bahamas. You and your friends can choose what boat you'd like to be on, where you'd like to explore and how long you want to be at sea. Private beaches and exclusive snorkeling sites are part of the company's promise to show you the real Bahamas. 960 1280

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Silver Sands Resort - Christ Church, Barbados

Silver Sands Resort - Christ Church, Barbados

Silver Sands Resort may sit on 12 beautifully landscaped placid acres, but its status as the windsurfing capital of Barbados is the real draw. The Club Mistral windsurfing station is open between November and June, but novices need not apply; a skill rating between 5 and 6 is required to windsurf and kitesurf the waters off Silver Sands. 960 1280
Raffles Resort - Canouan Island, The Grenadines

Raffles Resort - Canouan Island, The Grenadines

Canouan Island is located in the heart of The Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean. Raffles Resort occupies 300 acres of tropical paradise boasting 3 secluded white-sand beaches. The horseshoe-shaped resort surrounds the bay and each of the 156 1- and 2-story villas offer gorgeous views. 960 1280
Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are the birthplace of steelpan and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The islands are rich in biodiversity with more than 430 bird species, 108 mammals and 55 reptiles. Many who visit Trinidad head for Riviere Beach, the premier site for nesting turtles. 960 1280
The Four Seasons - Nevis, West Indies

The Four Seasons - Nevis, West Indies

Nevis, located in the tropical Leeward Islands, offers visitors near-perfect weather and beaches. The Four Seasons resort offers exclusive villas and estate homes, an award-winning spa and some of the world's most scenic golf courses. The canopy cover of palm trees stands uninterrupted, as the local government does not allow buildings taller than two stories. 960 1280
Peter Island Resort - British Virgin Islands

Peter Island Resort - British Virgin Islands

Peter Island Resort is a private island paradise exuding relaxation and tranquility. The resort has more staff members than guests, offering an unparalleled level of service. Whether your heart's desire is to swing in a hammock, sail, scuba dive or hike, Peter Island promises you an island experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. 960 1280
The Underwater Sculpture Garden - Grenada

The Underwater Sculpture Garden - Grenada

For a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience, visit the Underwater Sculpture Garden off the coast of Grenada in Moilinere Bay. The bay is now home to 65 sculptures, which are not only stunning to view, but create artificial reefs for marine life. The sculptures lie in clear shallow waters easily visible to snorkelers and glass-bottomed boats. 960 1280
Tom Beach Hotel - St. Barts

Tom Beach Hotel - St. Barts

Located on St. Jean Beach on St. Barts, the Tom Beach Hotel is the perfect combination of intimacy and luxury. The small hotel offers only 12 rooms, decorated in Caribbean colors with private terraces or patios. Two suites feature a terrace directly on the beach. 960 1280
Beaches Resort Villages & Spa - Turks and Caicos

Beaches Resort Villages & Spa - Turks and Caicos

A visit to these beautiful islands will often cost you a pretty penny, but not if you stay at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa. Opened in 1997, this popular spot is an all-inclusive resort. 960 1280
Bahamas

Bahamas

A short 30-minute flight from Miami, the Bahamas’ proximity to mainland US makes it a convenient beach escape. Consisting of 700 islands in the Atlantic, the Bahamas provide much more to explore than just Nassau, the capital city that’s a popular cruise port. If you want to get away from the high-rise hotels and bustling crowds, head to the Bahamas’ Out Islands for secluded beaches and natural wonders.  960 1280

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Roatan

Roatan

Roatan, the largest of Honduras’s Bay islands, is located near the second largest barrier reef in the world. With its prime location, Roatan is known as one of the world’s best scuba diving spots. Often called the Caribbean’s “best-kept secret,” Roatan’s tourism has increased in recent years, attracting more than just divers. The laid-back culture and uncrowded beaches make Roatan an appealing alternative to other Caribbean islands.  960 1280

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Aruba

Aruba

Off the north coast of Venezuela lies Aruba, a popular island getaway with reliably sunny days. Outside of the hurricane belt, this Dutch island promises tourists plenty of beach days with its dry climate. Upscale restaurants and lively nightlife offer visitors plenty of options after a day of soaking up the sunshine. 960 1280

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Bermuda

Bermuda

This cluster of islands may not technically be part of the Caribbean but they sure feel like it. Bermuda is often dubbed the “Jewel of the Atlantic,” and rivals its neighbors in the West Indies as the perfect tropical island getaway. With pink-sand beaches, temperate weather and a unique fusion of British and African heritage, this is a place you’ll want to get lost in. 960 1280

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Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

A diver’s dream destination, the Cayman Islands offer world-class scuba diving and plenty of outdoor adventures for the active traveler. Hike through the 200-year-old Mastic Trail, swim in Stingray City or walk along the stunning Seven Mile Beach. 960 1280

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Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

Looking for a beach hideaway? Look no further than Turks and Caicos. Consisting of 40 islands and cays, 8 of which are inhabited, Turks and Caicos boast some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Lose yourself here in the turquoise waters and secluded white-sand beaches. 960 1280

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St. Thomas

St. Thomas

Only 31 square miles, St. Thomas is considered the most cosmopolitan of the US Virgin Islands. Escape the island’s bustle and head to Magens Bay, hailed by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 960 1280

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Offering more than just beautiful beaches, the Dominican Republic’s diverse landscape includes 3 large mountain ranges, including the 2-mile-high peak of Antilles. A former Spanish colony, the Dominican Republic has a rich Latin culture as well as strong ties to America’s national pastime, baseball. More major league players hail from the Dominican Republic than any other country.  960 1280

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Barbados

Barbados

The coral island of Barbados attracts tourists from around the world with its unique natural beauty. Coral reefs line the coast, offering incredible snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Visitors should also be sure to catch a meal that includes the national dish -- flying fish. 960 1280

  

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

A US territory, Puerto Rico doesn’t require you pack a passport to visit its shores. With over 270 white-sand beaches, the Caribbean island begs to be explored. You’ll have the beach to yourself in Vieques, Puerto Rico’s “secret island.” This national wildlife refuge is just a 30-minute flight (or a short ferry ride) from San Juan. 960 1280

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Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica is known for its strong African history more than any other Caribbean island. The island nation celebrates its vibrant culture through strong reggae beats and memorable jerk dishes. And don’t miss a chance to explore the island’s diverse landscape of mountains and rainforests. 960 1280

  

Gustavia

Gustavia

Gustavia, the capital of St. Barts, was named for King Gustav III of Sweden. Fort Karl and Fort Gustav are popular areas for hikers, and if you’re not into hiking, then go shopping. This city has several high-end boutiques -- an essential source of revenue for the island. And don’t forget to take a stroll around the harbor to sneak a peek at some of the extravagant yachts. 960 1280

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Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing

Go kitesurfing on the beach in Grand Cul de Sac. This watersport is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports on the island. Local companies offer kitesurfing lessons, but they can be pricey, costing up to $300 for a 3-hour lesson. 960 1280

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Grand Cul de Sac Beach

Grand Cul de Sac Beach

Located in the northeastern part of St. Barts, Grand Cul de Sac Beach is a beachgoer’s haven. Windsurfing, swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling are just a few activities that will keep you preoccupied when visiting. 960 1280

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Hotel Guanahani & Spa

Hotel Guanahani & Spa

Stay at the Hotel Guanahani and you will quickly realize why this beautiful resort attracts celebrities, including Bethenny Frankel, a former cast member on the Real Housewives of New York. Amenities include a pool, top-notch spa, tennis courts and delicious dining options. The beach by the hotel offers numerous activities, but it’s relatively small. So guests have been known to plan day trips to the nearby beaches. 960 1280

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St. Barts Bucket Regatta

St. Barts Bucket Regatta

St. Barts has a few fun festivals, including the St. Barts Bucket Regatta, St. Barts Music Festival and the St. Barts Film Festival. The Bucket Regatta is a sailing race extended to yacht owners, captains, crews and guests. A percentage of the race's entry fee usually goes to a local charity on the 8-mile-long island. 960 1280

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French Cuisine

French Cuisine

La Route des Boucaniers, Eddy’s, Le Grain de Sel, Bonito Saint Barth and The Hideaway are a few places to wine and dine when vacationing in St. Barts. There are more than 80 restaurants to suit your taste, but French cuisine is king here. The seafood is fresh, and some of the top-quality provisions to restaurants arrive regularly from Paris. Bon appétit! 960 1280

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Anse du Governeur

Anse du Governeur

Relax on one of St. Barts most secluded and most popular places for nude sunbathing. Tourists should plan accordingly because there are no restaurants or other services in the area.  However, Anse du Gouverneur provides beachgoers with a great view of St. Kitts, Saba and St. Eustatius. And it’s a romantic spot to watch the sun set -- with or without clothes. 960 1280

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Sailing

Sailing

St. Barts is a popular destination for yachting and sailing. Gustavia’s harbor has mooring and docking facilities for 40 yachts. Public, Corossol and Colombier are spots to stop when sailing in the area. Tourists can charter sailing and motorboats, and explore St. Barts above and below the ocean -- thanks to local companies like the Yellow Submarine and Jicky Marine Service. 960 1280

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Le Gaiac Restaurant

Le Gaiac Restaurant

Taste the amazing food served at the Hotel Le Toiny’s popular restaurant, Le Gaicac.  Well-renowned Chef Stephane Mazieres blends innovative French cuisine with local flavors -- adding to some of the dishes -- vegetables grown in the restaurant’s organic green house. And rumor has it that Le Gaiac is the popular spot for Sunday brunch, serving scallops ravioli, yellow tail snapper on a skewer, watermelon and vegetable salad and much more. 960 1280

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Hotel Carl Gustaf

Hotel Carl Gustaf

Although it’s a 5-minute walk from the closest beach, Hotel Carl Gustaf is a luxury hotel that embodies the French Riviera style of St. Barts -- with mind-blowing ocean views and first-class service. Booking one of the 14 rooms isn’t cheap, but each suite and villa comes with its own private pool or plunge pool and private terrace, overlooking the ocean. 960 1280

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Le Ti St. Barts

Le Ti St. Barts

The nightlife is alive and well in St. Barts. Visit Le Ti St. Barts, a funky Caribbean tavern with an endless wine list, tasty food and great music -- necessary for patrons who want to dance into the wee hours of the morning. In addition to entrees like seared tuna with caviar, the provocatively-named desserts are just as delightful, like the Nymph Thighs -- airy lemon cake with vanilla custard.  Other hot night spots include le Select, Do Brazil and Le Bête à Z'Ailes. 960 1280

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Riu Paradise Island

The Riu Paradise Island has a prime location on Cabbage Beach in the Bahamas. The water is so clear, you can spy schools of fish swimming around your ankles, and the big waves make for great body surfing. This is one of the best beaches in the vicinity of Nassau, but hoards of cruise ship passengers head here as soon as their ships dock. 960 1280
Secrets Sanctuary Cap

Secrets Sanctuary Cap

The Secrets Sanctuary is in an indisputably beautiful location with a beautiful white-sand beach. It's located in on top of a cliff and in the middle of acres and acres of soon-to-be-developed land in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 960 1280
Beaches Sandy Bay

Beaches Sandy Bay

In Negril, Jamaica, Beaches has 2 large swimming areas surrounded by buoys, which are meant to protect guests from the occasional Jet Ski or motorboat. The water is shallow, calm, and excellent for young children to swim. Like anywhere on Seven-Mile Beach, there are people in the water at all hours, but the beach itself never feels crowded. 960 1280

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Iberostar Rose Hall Ranch

Iberostar Rose Hall Ranch

Montego Bay's closed, private beaches aren't as picturesque as Negril's, but the well-groomed sands at the Iberostar are better than at most beaches nearby. Low-lying palm shades create the exotic environment, and there's full drink service by the water. 960 1280
Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica

Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica

The Gran Bahia, located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, has 3 beaches -- a main swimming beach, a nude beach, and a snorkeling beach. 960 1280

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Couples Swept Away Negril

Couples Swept Away Negril

On Negril's Seven-Mile Beach, Couples Swept Away resort -- for adults- and couples-only -- has guest rooms, restaurants and bars that line the beach. Vendors and musicians stroll down the beach with guitars and bamboo scrapers, playing reggae music requests for small tips. 960 1280
Beaches Negril Resort & Spa

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa

The Beaches Resort & Spa beachfront, located in Negril, Jamaica, is perhaps the most family-friendly, with room to spare for walkers, sunbathers, and water-sports enthusiasts without feeling crowded. 960 1280
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

The soft, wet sandbars make for perfect walking conditions at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. 960 1280
Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach

There are no local peddlers or vendors on the Wyndham's beach in La Romana, Dominican Republic. They're sticklers about this rule. It's a huge plus compared to many other beaches where guests are bombarded by people hawking cheap wares. 960 1280
Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa

Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa

Dreams Punta Cana's cerulean blue waters, misty waves, and clean, soft, sandy shore are about as picturesque as it gets in the Caribbean. The steep drop-off and somewhat vigorous waves make it less than ideal for swimming. 960 1280
Breezes Runaway Bay Resort

Breezes Runaway Bay Resort

In Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort not only has enough space for lounge chairs, but it also has enough space for multiple trapeze sets and volleyball nets, but all this fun is exclusive to adults and teens. All guests of Breezes must be over the age of 14. 960 1280
Shoal Bay, Anguilla

Shoal Bay, Anguilla

Once a secret hideaway, Anguilla has come into its own as a Caribbean hot spot for Hollywood starlets and honeymooners alike. Filled with beautiful beaches, posh resorts and overall laid-back charm, Anguilla's popularity is certainly well-deserved. There are 33 beaches on this 16-mile stretch of island, and the best part is that they are all open to the public. Shoal Bay is among the most popular with 2 miles of pearly-white sand on the Atlantic side that has a convenient equipment rental on-site for visitors.

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Eagle Beach, Aruba

Eagle Beach, Aruba

With miles of clean shores, tranquil waters and picture-perfect weather year-round, Aruba sees its fair share of tourism. Eagle Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island with its wide swath of powdery sand and gentle surf perfect for swimming. The beach is a bit quieter than some of its neighbors, but still free to the public like all of Aruba’s beaches. Sleep across the street from these serene shores at the Dutch-influenced Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort.

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Trunk Bay, St. John

Trunk Bay, St. John

Nearly 50 years after Laurance S. Rockefeller donated Trunk Bay to the National Park Service, the beach and offshore coral reefs remain among St. John's most breathtaking and well-preserved attractions. Trunk Bay's clear, warm waters and silky coral sands draw tourists in droves, and its well-maintained facilities include chair and snorkel equipment rentals and showers. Visitors can bask in the tropical sun, snorkel the 225-yard-long Underwater Trail of reefs, or try their hand at underwater photography -- the clean water and variety of colorful sea life promise spectacular photo opportunities.

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Crane Beach, Barbados

Crane Beach, Barbados

Barbados is a distinctive island, both in its natural beauty and fun-loving culture. This West Indies gem is actually a coral island. The sandy beaches are made up of pulverized coral, which makes for fine, soft sand. Just off the coast, there are coral reefs that tempt snorkelers and scuba divers with their exotic underwater life. Crane Beach is known for its great waves, and the waters are filled with surfers and even some body surfers, though the rough waters are appropriate only for strong swimmers.

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Palominos Island, Puerto Rico

Palominos Island, Puerto Rico

Palominos Island is a 100-acre private beach getaway off the coast at the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico. Adding to the island’s allure is its air of exclusivity as it’s only available to guests staying at the El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa. Those lucky VIPs board a fast-moving catamaran for an 8-minute ride to this retreat for a day of snorkeling, wind surfing or riding wave runners or embrace the island paradise by simply lounging in a hammock with a frozen cocktail.

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Philipsburg, St Maarten

Philipsburg, St Maarten

St. Maarten is a cosmopolitan beach destination with European flair on the Dutch and French sides of the island. Phillipsburg is the capital of the Dutch side and the island’s hub of activity with cruise ships coming and going and visitors strolling along the brick-lined Great Bay Beach Promenade. This busy beachfront runs for nearly 2 miles with colorful umbrellas dotting the wide sandy shores. For a completely different experience, head to Cupecoy Beach, a clothing-optional spot beneath golden sandstone cliffs.

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Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

While Nassau’s beaches are certainly lovely, the allure for many is the spectacular diving just off the sandy shores where visibility can reach up to 100 feet. Explore the Blue Hole, a natural hole 100 feet across and 200 feet deep full of large schools of fish. Trinity and Piece of Cake caves both have openings large enough to swim through and are home to some large lobsters. There are also countless shipwrecks that have occurred along the reefs surrounding the islands of the Bahamas that make for some very exciting underwater adventures.

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Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are made up of a collection of smaller islands, each with its own unique topography and island vibe. Virgin Gorda, 1 of the largest islands, is a popular tourist spot with posh resorts, pristine beaches and great sailing. Virgin Gorda is probably most famous for the Baths, a unique national park on the island's southwest coast with white sandy beaches framed by gigantic granite boulders, some of these with diameters reaching 40 feet. Bring along your water shoes, a snorkel and a waterproof camera and explore the series of caves and grottos created by these irregular boulders.

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Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Spend the day like a castaway on the remote Harrismith Beach in the Parish of St. Philip in Barbados. Though it’s just a short walk from Bottom Bay, this sandy paradise is far removed from the resort scene at the more developed beaches. The beach is accessible by a flight of stone steps carved into a cliff overlooking the sea. The cliff-top ruins of an old plantation house add to the romantic air. After descending the steps to the shore, enjoy a picnic, search for shells or relax with a book—but swim at your own risk as there’s no lifeguard on duty at this hidden gem of a beach.

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Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Bermuda's famous pink-sand beaches are considered some of the loveliest seaside retreats in the world, and the shores of Horseshoe Bay are no exception. Wide stretches of the pastel pink sand -- the result of crushed shells, coral and calcium carbonate -- offset by clear blue waves lapping at the shore, create an enticing lure for the scores of visiting beachgoers who descend each year upon the 21-mile-long island. Horseshoe Bay Beach's facilities, lifeguards and equipment rental shops have helped secure its ranking as Bermuda's most popular shore.

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10: Hotel Maroma

10: Hotel Maroma

Thirty miles south of the crowded Mexican resort of Cancun, in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, you'll find the pristine, quiet area of Maroma. The Hotel Maroma has a mere 36 suites decked in handmade mahogany and bamboo furniture. A stay here is worth every penny. 960 1280

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9: Sandy Lane

9: Sandy Lane

Experience this Caribbean resort for a haven of tranquility, a luxury romantic retreat or the perfect location for families looking for an endless list of recreational activities. Sandy Lane is a luxury golf resort with 3 golf courses: The Old Nine, The Country Club and the world-renowned Green Monkey. For a more relaxing getaway, we recommend guests head to the 47,000-square-foot Barbados spa that provides a wide range of massages, facials and body treatments. So go ahead and indulge yourself! 960 1280

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8: Atlantis

8: Atlantis

Rising up majestically from the Caribbean is Atlantis, a resort based on the mythical city that sank without a trace 11,000 years ago. Along the 3 miles Cabbage Beach's sugary sand, guests can snorkel, parasail, jet-ski or just lounge to their hearts' desire. Then there is the Leap of Faith: a 60-foot drop down a Mayan temple water slide that takes you to 1 of the resort's spectacular family attractions -- the aquarium. 960 1280

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7: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

7: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

The tropical island of Nevis sits a balmy 19 degrees north of the equator. While it's only separated from other islands in the West Indies by 2 miles of warm water, go there and you'll feel a world apart. One of the most remarkable aspects of the Four Seasons Nevis is that it has attained a 5-diamond rating. Getting a five-diamond rating from AAA is hard enough in the United States, but to get this rating on a relatively remote Caribbean island is a testament to the resort's commitment to service. 960 1280

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6: Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

6: Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

St. Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands, just east of Puerto Rico. Blessed with breathtaking views, it's no wonder this island attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. Combining Old World Colonial charm with a tropical setting, the 152-room Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas sits on 15 acres of impeccably manicured grounds and its stately elega  nnce attracts guests from all around the world. 960 1280

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5: Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa

5: Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa

A visit to these beautiful islands will often cost you a pretty penny, but not if you stay at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa. Opened in 1997, this popular spot is an all-inclusive resort. 960 1280

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4: Little Dix Bay

4: Little Dix Bay

Set 90 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, Virgin Gorda is 8 1/2 square miles of lush greenery and stunning crescent bays; it truly is a tropical wilderness. Little Dix Bay includes an amazing number of hiking trails and offers some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. 960 1280

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3: Parrot Cay By Como

3: Parrot Cay By Como

Located 575 miles southeast of Miami, the 8 major islands and more than 40 keys of Turks & Caicos cover only a combined 196 square miles of sun-drenched shoreline. Stars like Paul McCartney, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and David Copperfield have all said ahoy to this place. And unlike super-accessible mega-resorts, the exclusive 5-star Parrot Cay Resort and Spa can be reached only by small boat. 960 1280

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2: Caneel Bay

2: Caneel Bay

The island of St. John is a treasure trove of tropical jungle and enticing enclaves. It was once the playpen of gazillionaire Lawrence Rockefeller, who fell in love with this lush land in the 1920s. Caneel Bay facilities include 166 elegantly understated rooms, 3 restaurants, a 20,000-square-foot spa and a state-of-the-art tennis facility. 960 1280

Caneel Bay  

1: Hyatt Regency, Aruba Resort & Casino

1: Hyatt Regency, Aruba Resort & Casino

Set just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is the westernmost island of the Netherlands Antilles. Here Spanish, Dutch and Caribbean culture blend as comfortably as your beachside cocktail. The Hyatt Regency Aruba is one of the region's premier resorts, because it has a lot of casual elegance and the staff combine that attribute with an incredible array of really fun activities. 960 1280

Hyatt Regency Aruba  

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