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14 Awe-Inspiring Beaches That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once

14 Awe-Inspiring Beaches That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once

With the curtains finally drawing on summer, take a scroll through a list of both traditionally beautiful and more unorthodox beaches littered around the world. Whether you prefer sunsets, flour-like sand, or even below freezing temperatures, each paradise listed below has its own unusual characteristic that is worth a spot on your bucket list.

1. Bioluminescent Bay (a.k.a. Mosquito Bay) – Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

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    Depending on the brightness of the moon, Bioluminescent Bay provides visitors with an enlightening experience. Hidden along the Caribbean coast and only 10 miles from Puerto Rico’s main island, this bay is home to micro-organisms (plankton known as dinoflagellates) that radiate a blue-green glow in the otherwise dark waters. Interested? Be sure to hurry, as the fragile eco-system has recently been experiencing a dimming of its main attraction, likely due to interference from tourists – enjoy it gently.

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      2. Playa del Amor (a.k.a. Hidden Beach), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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        Shrouded in mystery, no one is certain if the unique structure of this covert paradise is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption or deliberate and experimental bombings by the Mexican government that occurred in the 1960’s. Visitors can kayak into the Hidden Beach, which is also accessible through an underground water tunnel that stretches all the way to the Pacific ocean. Photogenically magical, appearing as though it has come straight off of a National Geographic cover, it’s a definite must-see for adventure-goers.

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          3. Giant’s Causeway – Antrim, Northern Ireland

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            Not necessarily known for its tropical weather or powdery white sand, the Giant’s Causeway is famous for it’s unique and mysterious landscape. The hexagonal basalt columns have drawn inspiration from artists and provoked scientific debate for centuries. This beach is steeped in folklore; many claim that it had been carved out by giant Finn McCool eons ago. Although it had been likely formed by the result of intense volcanic activity, let your imagination guide you.

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              4. Hot Water Beach – Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

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                Within two hours of the low tide, the usually deserted Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand becomes a literal hotbed of tourist activity. Hot water gushes through the golden sands of the beach, allowing visitors to dig their own spa pool – no more inadvertent and awkward games of footsie. Underneath the beach lie two volcanic hot water springs that keep visitors toasty in the face of New Zealand’s cold oceanic winds.

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                  5. Hyams Beach – New South Wales, Australia

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                    On the southern shores of Jervis Bay lies Hyams Beach. Surrounded by clifftops and forests, Hyams stands out because of its extraordinary white sand. How white is it really? The sand covering Hyams Beach holds the Guinness World Record for the whitest sand in the world. Visitors to the record-breaking beach can enjoy surfing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling (it’s the second most dive-worthy spot in Australia next to the Great Barrier Reef), and bragging rights to have visited a beach that really had the whitest sand on our planet.

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                      6. Pink Sands Beach – Harbour Island, Bahamas

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                        White sand too common for you? Try pink. Composed of coral, broken shells, bits of rock and calcium carbonate, the Pink Sand Beach of Harbour Island boasts a three-mile long stretch of the pinkest sand in the world. Microscopic shelled organisms called foraminifera inhabit the seafloors, washing up on shore to give the sand a pale pink hue. In additional to its unique setting, Pink Sands Beach offers up captivating sunsets and seasonally warm, clear waters.

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                          7. Jokulsarlon, Iceland

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                            Translating into “glacial river lagoon”, Jokulsarlon is a large glacial lake situated in southeast Iceland. Considered one of the greatest natural wonders of Iceland, the lagoon is often described as ‘other worldly’, as it is surrounded by luminous blue icebergs. Witness some of the most breath-taking (insert your own cold pun here) glaciers that reflect the glow of the rising or setting sun. Easily accessible from the town of Hofn, tour operators are frequently conducting snowmobile and jeep tours to visit the area. So scenic that it had been the setting for films such as Batman Begins, Die Another Day and Tomb Raider, Jokulsarlon and it’s millennium-old ice are worth a taste for the adventurous – seriously, they take you to taste 1000-year old ice.

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                              8. Gulpiyuri Beach – Llanes, Spain

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                                Roughly 40 meters in length, Gulpiyuri Beach is a flooded sinkhole, described as an inland beach and located a half-mile from the Cantabrian Sea. Interestingly, it is fully aligned with the tides of the Sea, as a series of underground tunnels carved out by salt water allow the water to flow freely back and forth, resulting in a fresh and diverse medley of wildlife and ever-changing experience.

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                                  9. Chandipur Beach – Odisha, India

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                                    Amidst the lush and beautiful vegetation that India has to offer, beyond the sand dunes visible from the oceanfront, there exists an interesting bay of water known as Chandipur Beach. Then, for parts of the day, it ceases to exist, as it disappears into the swells of the ocean. Twice a day, the sea water of Chandipur Beach recedes up to five kilometres. When the water recedes, visitors can explore the exposed underworld, even via a jeep ride on the ocean floor. Whereas other beaches wait for visitors to come to them, this beach proves the complete opposite.

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                                      10. Zlatni Rat Beach – Brac Island, Croatia

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                                        Reaching over a quarter of a mile into the ocean, the pebbly peninsula holds a very interesting characteristic. Supported by the changing direction and strength of the ocean currents, the peninsula frequently changes shape. Due to the fact that the beach consists of pebbles, and not sand, the waters surrounding it are crystal clear and perfect for divers. Much like the Chandipur Beach noted above, the peninsula can disappear completely if swallowed up by a high enough tide. Try not to fall asleep too close to the water.

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                                          11. Cable Beach, Broome, WA

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                                            No beach experience is complete without an unforgettable sunset – exactly what Cable Beach is famous for. Oftentimes described as ‘postcard perfect’ by first-time visitors, Cable Beach boasts the most attractive and photogenic view of the sun. Setting over the Indian Ocean rather than the Pacific, the sun often appears as a setting, orange-red globe lingering in the sky. Easily accessible and within walking distance from the town of Broome, the beach is a must-see for photographers or couples seeking that unforgettable sunset.

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                                              12. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, QLD

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                                                Australia is home to a number of postcard beaches, but Whitehaven proves to be the pinnacle on the long list, standing out as one of the most perfect beaches in the world. Powder-soft, white silica sand (an extremely high-purity of sand), contrasted with the vivid blue of the waters that cover the beach, Whitehaven can only be described as true perfection. Located on Whitsunday Island, it boasts five miles of immaculate shoreline, exposed to endless rays of sun and littered with lagoons and coves that provide an extraordinary experience.

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                                                  13. Panari Island – Okinawa, Japan

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                                                    It’s a sad reality that some of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world are exposed to an endless slew of tourists, creating a thirsty market and resulting in various measures of exploitation by the tourism industry. Panari Island, situated in Okinawa, has managed to elude these forces. The small, very isolated beaches of this island are only accessible through private tour companies, costing a pretty penny but well worth the experience. The untouched marine life and coral reef surrounding the island are comparable to that of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Rich in natural, untouched beauty, Panari Island contains the traditionally perfect white sand and clear blue waters but lacks the nuisance of shops, resorts and swarms of tourists, ensuring a rare and pure experience.

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                                                      14. ToSua Ocean Trench, Samoa

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                                                        While it may not fall under the traditional definition of a beach, ToSua Trench seems like something straight out of a movie. It is located in a small village known as Lotofaga, home to a medley of ocean blowholes and hidden beaches. Otherwise regarded as a swimming hole, it has been converted into a popular swimming attraction, equipped with a ladder for convenient entry into the 30 meter deep, crystal-clear blue water. One of the most unique swimming locations in the world, ToSua is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and lush vegetation, offering an attractive experience to adventure-seekers with an assortment of nearby must-see’s.

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                                                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                          Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                          By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                          Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                          83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                            84 write random letter

                                                              85 use a rubberband

                                                                86 dorm smell bad

                                                                  87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                                    89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                      90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                        91 iron inside out

                                                                          92 old newspaper

                                                                            93 tumble try shoes

                                                                              keep a card like this

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                                                                                  94 soap bar

                                                                                    95 make a hole

                                                                                      96 drop the battery

                                                                                        97 use a coozie

                                                                                          98 when taking a picture

                                                                                            use a clean dust pan

                                                                                              try a pants hanger

                                                                                                use your cellphone light

                                                                                                  use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                                    quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                      user binder clips

                                                                                                        wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                          put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                            clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                              use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                                doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                                  use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                                    use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                      freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                        use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                          almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                            sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                              unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                                cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                                  remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                                    turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                      for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                        how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                          tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                            place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                              ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                                use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                                  take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                                    how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                      put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                        How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                          user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                            good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                              turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                                50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                                  the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                                    add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                        hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                          stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                            the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                              how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                                the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                                  use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                                    to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                      user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                        a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                          rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                            use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                                                                51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                      kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                              60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                                hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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