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30 Beaches Around the World You Should Visit At Least Once in Your Lifetime

30 Beaches Around the World You Should Visit At Least Once in Your Lifetime

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    There are so many beautiful beaches around the world, and each of them has its own unique charm. Some beaches are embraced for their white sand and beautiful views, while others offer the perfect waves for surfers. It’s practically impossible for any person to actually visit every beach in the world, so we’ve narrowed the field down to the 30 best spots you’ve just got to make the time to visit during your lifetime.

    1. Green Island Beach, Antigua

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      Photo by Andrew Moore

      The beautiful beaches on Green Island, off the coast of Antigua, can only be reached via boat. This makes the Green Island Beach much more secluded than the typical tourist spots, and perfect for people who prefer not to be in a crowded environment.

      2. Oval Beach, Michigan, USA

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        Photo by Mark Kortum

        Oval Beach in Saugatuck gives visitors a stunning view of Lake Michigan, and the sand is free of rocks and debris. The beach town has also earned a lot of praise from the media, including being listed as the number one spot by USA Today in their list of Best Coastal Small Towns.

        3. Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia

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          Photo by Brennan Paezold

          This prime beach destination is located on Brac Island. The perfect combination of beautiful sand, water, and scenery has secured Zlatni Rat Beach’s position on numerous lists of the best beaches throughout Europe and the world.

          4. Lover’s Beach, Mexico

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            Photo by Karen Blaha

            Cabo san Lucas, Mexico, is a popular tourist destination for relaxation, beach weddings and partying. Playa del Amor, which is also known as Lover’s Beach, has more of a secluded feel due to its rocky surroundings.

            5. Long Beach, Ascension Island

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              Photo by Povl Abrahamsen

              Ascension Island is a controlled landmass in the UK that sits approximately 1,000 miles from the closest country. There are a few swimming beaches on Ascension Island, but the more than 10,000 green sea turtles that flock to Long Beach are the number one reason that tourists visit the island.

              6. White Beach, Philippines

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                Photo by Lisa de Vreede

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                The aptly named White Beach in Boracay is one of the most popular spots in the Philippines. This beach, with its breathtakingly gorgeous sand and water, will never be forgotten by visitors.

                7. Calo des Moro, Mallorca

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                  Photo by Tommie Hansen

                  The Spanish beach is located inside a small alcove. The water is crystal clear, making it a great choice for snorkelers.

                  8. Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles

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                    Photo by Didier Baertsschiger

                    Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean and it is a member of the African Union. The white sand and boulders present at Anse Source D’Argent make it one of the most aesthetically pleasing beaches on earth. Make sure you bring your camera so that you can capture the beauty of Anse Source D’Argent!

                    9. Malibu Beach, California, USA

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                      Photo by Adam Dooley

                      There are several beaches in Southern California, but Malibu Beach is the best choice for those who can only visit one location. Here you will experience a classic beach vibe, along with beautiful sand and water.

                      10. Kapalua Beach, Hawaii, USA

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                        Photo by Kris Nelson

                        A laid back lifestyle and numerous beaches bring people to Hawaii from around the globe. Kapalua Beach in West Maui is one of many gorgeous spots that are perfect for surfing and Condé Nast Traveler magazine even crowned it the “Best Beach in the World.”

                        11. Oludeniz Beach, Turkey

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                          Photo by Oleksandr Dantsiger

                          This pebble beach is famous due to the calm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Travelers who want to experience the beauty in private will enjoy this sandy bay for its picturesque views and secluded location.

                          12. Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Islands

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                            Photo by Tobias Lindman

                            The turquoise water, brilliantly white sand and almost shockingly blue skies make Grace Bay one of the best beaches on earth. As an added bonus, this beautiful location can usually be enjoyed without dealing with large crowds.

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                            13. Praia de Marinha, Portugal

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                              Photo by Andrew Sweeney

                              Praia de Marinha, which is also known as Navy Beach, is by far the best beach in Portugal. The high water quality and ambient setting have earned this location the title of “Golden Beach.”

                              14. Navagio Beach, Greece

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                                Photo by Justin Van Dyke

                                There is a good reason that Greece’s Navagio Beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the world: the combination of blue water and limestone cliffs makes this area truly stunning to behold.

                                15. Isola Bella Beach, Italy

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                                  Photo by Brigitte Djajasasmita

                                  This white pebble beach is a Natural Heritage Site due to its picturesque views and natural design. Isola Bella Beach is easily accessible from nearby areas and well worth visiting.

                                  16. Jericoacoara, Brazil

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                                    Photo by Jonathan Hood

                                    This Brazilian beach offers the perfect combination of beautiful water, relaxation, and opportunities to partake in sporting activities. The dune beyond the beach is great for exploration, and you can rest after on one of the hammocks that are staked into the water.

                                    17. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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                                      Photo by Wulf Willis

                                      Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh offers exotic flair and a long list of other notable nearby attractions. For example, scuba diving is a popular activity for people who want to do more than just hang out at this beautiful beach.

                                      18. Matira Point, French Polynesia

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                                        Photo by Nicola Rinaldi

                                        This public beach in the South Pacific is arguably even more gorgeous and worth visiting than the nearby Bora Bora. Matira Point has an extremely relaxing vibe and provides visitors with a lovely view.

                                        19. Porto Katsiki, Greece

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                                          Photo by kpoulakos

                                          Porto Katsiki is an isolated beach on Ionian Sea Island. The only way to reach this stunning location is by taking a boat or by climbing down from the clifftop parking area.

                                          20. Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

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                                            Photo by Daniel Riberio

                                            Sveti Stefan is a pink sandy beach that is part of a Montenegro resort. The small islet includes 1.2 miles of coastline and is not usually filled with large crowds.

                                            21. San Blas Islands, Panama

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                                              Photo by Alexander Schimmeck

                                              The San Blas Islands are part of a Panamanian Caribbean natural park. There are approximately 400 small islands that offer isolated beaches for travelers who prefer to enjoy the archipelago’s natural perfection in private.

                                              22. Herberts Beach, Nevis

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                                                Photo by Steve Harris

                                                Have you ever dreamed of visiting the Caribbean without being surrounded by tourists? Nevis is one of the least crowded islands, and it features multiple places such as Herberts Beach to relax in near solitude.

                                                23. Maya Bay, Thailand

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                                                  Photo by Siva Dayalan

                                                  The movie The Beach (2000), starring Leonardo DiCaprio introduced the world to the beauty of Maya Bay. Fortunately, you can access this beach without needing to swim a long distance as depicted in the film, and the off-season attracts minimal crowds.

                                                  24. Antibes, France

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                                                    Photo by Jared Zimmerman

                                                    Antibes has a nice mixture of public and private beaches that all provide a relaxing experience and picturesque views. The town of Antibes is famous for being one of the most luxurious, indulgent places on earth.

                                                    25. Île Aux Cerfs Island, Mauritius

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                                                      Photo by gianbrutale

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                                                      Spend a day living like the rich and famous by taking a day trip via catamaran to the private Île Aux Cerfs island. This uninhabited spot is typically utilized by jet-setters, but people on a budget can also enjoy the luxurious privacy of the island’s beaches.

                                                      26. Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

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                                                        Photo by Reinhard Link

                                                        This small village has some of the most enticing beaches in the Caribbean. Here you can enjoy an authentic local vibe mixed with uncrowded beaches and photo-worthy reefs.

                                                        27. As Catedrais Beach, Spain

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                                                          Photo by Carlos Miguel Solis Seco

                                                          Even if you are not the type to go swimming or sunbathing, As Catedrais Beach needs to be on your bucket list. This unusual location has enormous caves, unique natural archways and impressive rock arches that practically cry out to be explored and photographed.

                                                          28. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

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                                                            Photo by Mark Wassell

                                                            Whitehaven Beach has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The travelers who spend time at this Australian spot are treated to one of the cleanest white sand beaches in the world.

                                                            29. Boulders Beach, South Africa

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                                                              Photo by Nicolas Raymond

                                                              The appropriately named Boulders Beach is one of the best spots for beach enthusiasts in South Africa. This location also attracts a large African penguin population, which makes it a great choice for wildlife photographers.

                                                              30. Honeymoon Island, Cook Islands

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                                                                Photo by Christine Phares

                                                                The name of this tropical island has understandably captured the attention of honeymooners, but it is also a noteworthy location for anyone who wants to see the best beaches in the world. The white sand is unsullied and the colorful seabirds are very eye-catching.

                                                                With so many amazing locations to choose from worldwide, it may seem difficult to select your next vacation destination. However, if beaches are your passion, you should definitely prioritize these 30 amazing options.

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                                                                Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                                                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                                                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                                                There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                                                One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                                                In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                                                Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                                                1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                                                Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                                                Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                                                Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                                                Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                                                2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                                                This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                                                Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                                                The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                                                Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                                                Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                                                3. Jumping Jacks

                                                                Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                                                Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                                                4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                                                Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                                                Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                                                5. Balancing Table Pose

                                                                This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                                                Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                                                  6. Leg Squats

                                                                  Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                                                  Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                                                  The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                                                  7. Push Ups

                                                                  You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                                                  An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                                                  Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                                                  This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                                                  8. Bicycle Crunches

                                                                  There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                                                  Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                                                  9. Lunges

                                                                  Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                                                  Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                                                  This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                                                  10. Bicep Curls

                                                                  You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                                                  Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                                                  Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                                                  Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                                                  Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                                                  These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                                                  You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                                                  Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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