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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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                                                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                                Listen carefully:

                                                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                                1. Pray Daily

                                                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                                3. Smile Often

                                                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                                8. Go Exercise

                                                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                                The Bottom Line

                                                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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