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So many people work year in year out for those brief vacations, dreaming of escaping permanently to our own slice of heaven. Life's a Beach celebrates the real stories of people who went for it-leaving their normal lives behind to pursue an everlasting beach paradise. From a former New Jersey native exploring the Honduran reef in his homemade submarine, to a former 'failure' who created the hippest Caribbean bar out of a shipwreck, and the woman who owns her own surfing school in Nicaragua, Life's a Beach shares the unique possibilities of letting go to realize your dreams. Viewers also get an inside look at the fascinating tips and tricks these beachcombers use to create these magical lifestyles.

The Best of Beaches

A surfer performs an 'off the lip' near the pier in Huntington Beach, CA. 960 1280

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A scuba diver gets up-close and personal with a green turtle on a coral reef off of the island of Sipadan in the Celebes Sea. 960 1280

Olga Khoroshunova  

Windsurfers and kite-surfers catch waves in front of the Yaverland Cliffs near Sandown, Isle of Wight, England. 960 1280

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As kite-boarding's popularity takes off, a fan practices in the waves off of Lefkada Island, Greece. 960 1280

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A boy swims with dolphins, or rather holds on tight, during a tropical island vacation. 960 1280

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A kayaker paddles out to sea during the Anaconda Adventure Race at Lorne Foreshore in Lorne, Australia. 960 1280

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Kayakers paddle during the 11-km Bridge to Beach open-water race, which runs from Blues Point across the harbor to Manly Cove in Sydney, Australia. 960 1280

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A surfer gets some air (and goes horizontal) at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. 960 1280

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A traveler prepares to parasail off the coast of Malaysia. 960 1280

Robert Churchill  

A dolphin gets cheeky with a bikini-clad vacationer in the tropical turquoise water. 960 1280

Jacom Stephens  

A man rides a wave on his stand-up paddleboard at Queenscliff Beach in Sydney, Australia. Modern Stand-up paddleboarding originated in Hawaii in the 1960s so surf instructors could monitor their classes, but thanks to its cardiovascular and core-strengthening benefits, it's been increasing in popularity around the world. 960 1280

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There are about 10 different Santa Maria Caves on the north side of Comino Island, the small island between Gozo and Malta. Some are dead ends, but others, like this one, offer breathtaking swim-throughs for cave divers. 960 1280

Piero Malaer  

The Orewa Women's crew rows out through the waves during the Day of Giants Surfboat race regatta at Piha Beach on February 12, 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand. 960 1280

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A cliff-jumper takes the plunge at sunset in Oahu, Hawaii. 960 1280

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Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Honeymooners flock to Bora Bora, Tahiti (aka “Romantic Island”) to experience the ultimate vacation in paradise. Most of the beaches here are private, but Matira Beach is open to the public. After a few hours of sunbathing, we suggest retiring to a rustic but comfortable bungalow over the water. 960 1280

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Grande Plage, Biarritz, France

Grande Plage, Biarritz, France

World-class surfers hit the waves at Grande Plage in Biarritz, a resort town in southwestern France that’s also a popular destination for French royalty. Biarritz has been called "the queen of beaches and beach of kings," which is why the town has hosted surfing competitions, including the Quiksilver/Roxy Jam tournament. 960 1280

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La Digue Beaches, Seychelles

La Digue Beaches, Seychelles

La Digue is the third largest inhabited island of the Seychelles. Tourists can choose any of 8 beautiful beaches to visit, including Anse Coco, Anse Source D’Argent and L’Union Beach. Head to Anse Marron if you’re in search of a more secluded Robinson Crusoe-like beach. This is a must-see beach. 960 1280

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Ko Phi Phi Don Island Beaches, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don Island Beaches, Thailand

Brilliant turquoise waters lure travelers to the shores of Ko Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand. Bamboo Island, Laem Tong Beach, Loh Dalum, Koh Phi Phi Leh and Loh Bagao Bay are some of the beaches found around the island, but Long Beach is the most popular and a great spot for snorkeling, too. 960 1280

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Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Located in Rio de Janeiro, the iconic Copacabana Beach is home to some of Brazil's famous beach beauties. The beach stretches between lifeguard watchtowers 2 and 6. And you may not know it, but American football was introduced in Brazil through a game played on this popular beach. 960 1280

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Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Finding a spot to sunbathe on Rio’s Ipanema Beach may be difficult, but it’s a great spot for people watching and to strike up a conversation with friendly locals. There’s no shortage of “tall, and tan, and young, and lovely” bodies on this beach, either. Surfing, football, volleyball and footvolley are a few fun beach activities to keep beachgoers occupied. 960 1280

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Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Every year, hundreds of tourists visit Patong -- home to the largest stretch of sand and the wildest nightlife in Phuket, Thailand. Tourists can experience the town’s hot nightlife by heading to Bangla Road or Paradise Complex. The mercury seldom falls below 70 degrees, which makes both roads -- lined with nightclubs, discos and go-go bars -- a prime destination for partygoers. 960 1280

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75-Mile Beach, Queensland, Australia

75-Mile Beach, Queensland, Australia

In Australia, 75-Mile Beach is located on the eastern side of Fraser Island in Queensland. The island is the world's largest sand island and perhaps the only beach in the world that is a registered highway with a designated speed limit of 80 miles per hour. Nature-loving beach enthusiasts will appreciate the unspoiled natural paradise around the beach: The island is home to 230 species of bird and 25 species of mammals, including wallabies, flying foxes and dingoes. 960 1280

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Folegandros Beaches, Greece

Folegandros Beaches, Greece

Vardia, Latinaki, Vitzenzou, Pountaki, Karavostasi, Agios Nikolaos and Agios Georgios are just a few of beaches in Folegandros, Greece. Most maintain their natural beauty because they are not overwhelmed by tourists. Livadi Beach is a perfect spot for campers. We recommend visiting Angali because it’s the Greek island’s nicest beach. 960 1280

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Tenerife Beaches, Canary Islands

Tenerife Beaches, Canary Islands

The lovely shores of Tenerife entice visitors to the Canary Islands archipelago, southwest of Spain. This beach town has more than a dozen beaches where tourists can feel the warm waters of the ocean lap at their feet while basking in the warm sunlight. Playa de la Tejita, Playa San Marcos, Playa del Camison, Playa del Duque and El Medano are all examples of secret, off-the-beaten path, over-exposed and black-sand beaches found around the island. 960 1280

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Palau
Palau

Palau

While the Republic of Palau is picturesque, it’s what’s underwater that makes this island so special. This group of Micronesian islands, also known as “The Black Islands,” has crystal-clear water and diverse marine life, making it one of the best scuba-diving spots in the world.  960 1280

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Niue

Niue

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand, the "Rock of Polynesia" is an adventure lover’s paradise. While there aren’t any sandy beaches to lounge on, there are plenty of caves to explore on land and in the water. 960 1280

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Skopelos, Greece

Skopelos, Greece

Want to escape the touristy Greek isles of Santorini and Mykonos? Head east of mainland Greece to the island of Skopelos. Often referred to as the greenest island in the Aegean Sea, this lush Mediterranean oasis is less commercialized than some of the more popular Greek isles. It also served as a filming location of Mamma Mia. 960 1280

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Favignana, Italy

Favignana, Italy

This butterfly-shaped island off the west coast of Sicily is home to a rocky coastline and crystal-clear water. Those who’ve discovered the island’s charms often enjoy tuna fishing, snorkeling and diving, as well as the chance to feast on the island’s traditional seafood dishes. 960 1280

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

This little-known island has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Brazil. With warm, clear water and abundant marine life, diving here is an outdoor lover’s dream. 960 1280

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XXXX Island

XXXX Island

The ultimate mancation destination? XXXX Island. Once known as Pumpkin Island, this 15-acre patch of land off the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef has been temporarily renamed by the popular Aussie brewer, which leased the island in 2012 for the next 3 years. Marketed as a "bloke’s island,"  the XXXX has been turned into one big man cave – with, what else, unlimited beer. 960 1280

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Lofoten Island, Norway

Lofoten Island, Norway

Majestic fjords make this archipelago off Norway a Scandinavian gem. This group of islands, home to charming fishing villages, lies above the Artic Circle (on the same latitude as northern Siberia and northern Alaska), but has a much milder climate due to Gulf Stream currents. Head here between May to early August for 24 hours of daylight. 960 1280

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Aran Islands, Ireland

Aran Islands, Ireland

When you think of Ireland, island hopping probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But off the western coast of Galway lie these beautiful rocky islands where you’ll find traditional customs still intact and the islanders still speaking Irish. 960 1280

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Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island, Yemen

Roughly 250 miles off the coast of Yemen, this magical group of islands has an other-planet vibe with bizarre-looking, rare plant species. Intrepid travelers who make it here will be rewarded with pristine beaches alongside landscapes of sandstone and limestone. 960 1280

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Vis, Croatia

Vis, Croatia

A small island in the Adriatic Sea, Vis is an unspoiled paradise located off Croatia’s coast. Until 1989, it was still part of Yugoslavia and closed to tourists. Now it’s a dream destination for those seeking a remote romantic getaway or an off-the-beaten path adventure. 960 1280

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Monhegan Island, Maine

Monhegan Island, Maine

This small, rocky patch of land off the coast of Maine totals a mere 1 square mile of unspoiled natural beauty. Monhegan is mostly known for its artist colony that sprung up here in the mid-1800s. The island is only accessible by boat, and there are no cars or paved roads here.  960 1280

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Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile

Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile

Where’s the most famous deserted island in the world? Four hundred miles off the coast of Chile sits the real-life island that inspired the story of the shipwrecked sailor Robinson Crusoe. Now the isle’s population is about 500 and mostly clustered in the island's only village, San Juan Bautista. 960 1280

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Koh Surin Nua, Thailand

Koh Surin Nua, Thailand

Looking for an island getaway in Thailand -- that’s not trampled by tourists? Consider this pristine island in Thailand's Mu Koh Surin National Park. You won't find high-end hotels or crowds here -- just small bungalows and camping under the stars. 960 1280

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Andaman Islands, India

Andaman Islands, India

This group of more than 200 islands in the Bay of Bengal belongs to India but is geographically closer to Thailand and Myanmar. Powder-white, uncrowded beaches, lush forests and exotic marine life make travel to these remote islands worth the trip. 960 1280

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Rabbit Island, Cambodia

Rabbit Island, Cambodia

A 30-minute boat trip will take you from Cambodia's coastal city Kep to Rabbit Island. Just a little over 1 square mile in area, this tiny gem in the Gulf of Thailand has 2 unspoiled beaches ideal for swimming and getting away from the chaos of mainland Cambodia. 960 1280

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Flatey, Iceland

Flatey, Iceland

In the Westfjords of Iceland, dubbed “the most famous unknown place in Iceland,” lies this mostly uninhabited island. With charming houses dating back to the 19th century, this island is brimming with history. Visit in the summer for a quiet spot to experience Iceland’s midnight sun. 960 1280

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