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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.

                                                                Featured photo credit: Damian Gadal via flic.kr

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                                                                Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                                                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                                Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                                                If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                                                1. Breathe

                                                                The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                                                • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                                                • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                                                • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                                                Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                                                2. Loosen up

                                                                After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                                                Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                                                3. Chew slowly

                                                                Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                                                Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                                                Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                                                4. Let go

                                                                Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                                                The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                                                It’s not. Promise.

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                                                                Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                                                Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                                                21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                                                5. Enjoy the journey

                                                                Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                                                Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                                                6. Look at the big picture

                                                                The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                                                Will this matter to me…

                                                                • Next week?
                                                                • Next month?
                                                                • Next year?
                                                                • In 10 years?

                                                                Hint: No, it won’t.

                                                                I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                                                Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                                                7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                                                You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                                                Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                                                8. Practice patience every day

                                                                Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                                                • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                                                • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                                                • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                                                Final thoughts

                                                                Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                                                Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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