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World’s 25 Most Exotic and Best Beaches You Can Visit All Year Round

World’s 25 Most Exotic and Best Beaches You Can Visit All Year Round

With so many terrific beaches in the world, it is hard to pick only 25 to represent as the best beaches in the world. The following list is a compilation of the best beaches based on travel awards and experts in travel. In no particular order, these beaches, most underdeveloped and budget friendly, are the best beaches for vacationing any time of the year.

1. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesian Islands

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    Image via Flickr by Othanga

    On Matira Beach, you can experience the sunset melting into the turquoise waters off one of the best beaches in the world. Located at the tip of Bora Bora, you find a tiny paradise packed with activities for both adventurous and laid back lifestyles. Splurge and stay in a bungalow on the water, or stay in a more traditional hotel. This tiny island can be lavish or budget friendly.

    2. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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      The tiny island of Mujures is believed to have once been the sanctuary for the Mayan goddess Ixchel. Today, it hosts one of the best beaches near Cancun, Mexico. Here you can feed whale sharks or explore the island via golf cart. The nightlife is active and food is plentiful.

      3. Fort James Beach, Fort Bay, Antigua

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        Image via Flickr by Ed Yourdon

        This beach is only a five-minute drive from the St. John Port. Located on the northwest coast of Antigua, St James Beach is a popular spot for both locals and travelers due to its pristine beauty, and abundance of activities. On the island you can try your luck at a casino, dine on local cuisine, and shop for everything from fine jewelry to locally made pottery.

        4. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica

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          Image via Flickr by Jenni Konrad

          This seven-mile stretch of white sand and clear water is a magnificent sight during the day, but nothing captures the essence of Negril like watching the sunset melt into the water atop the cliff at Rick’s. Negril is famous for cliff diving into the clear soft waters of the Caribbean and their nude beaches.

          5. Paradise Beach, Royal Davui Island, Fiji

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            Image via Flickr by Daniele Columbo

            This beach is home to the Royal Davui Island Resort. It is an adults only playground with 16 private Vales, surrounded by the Beqa Lagoon. On Royal Davui Island, you can begin your day with a champagne breakfast, eat a lazy lunch under a banyan tree and finish the night with a picnic lunch on the beach.

            6. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

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              Image via Flickr by Jerick Parone

              El Nido is considered the best beach in the Philippines by many sources. Often called the Philippines last frontier, El Nido is home to marble cliffs, crystal water filled lagoons, and bright colorful fish. Off the beach, you will find lush mangrove forests, gorgeous waterfalls, and caves that date back as far as 2680 BC.

              7. Hopkins Village Beach, Garifuna, Belize

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                Image via Flickr by Bob Reck

                While strolling down the white sand beach in Hopkins Village, drums fill the air. Rhythm is an important part of the Garafuna culture. These friendly people make up about four percent of the Belize population, but can claim home to the most spectacular beach in this tiny country. Garafuna’s speak their own language, sustain their own culture, and pass ancient traditions down from generation to generation.

                8. Mahai’ula Beach, Hawaii

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                  Image via Flickr by Coast to Coast Move

                  This untouched beach is part of the Kekaha Kai State Park. It is just north of Kona, and accessed via a dirt road. Once you reach the beach, you are greeted by white sand, clear water, and plenty of trees for shade. Follow the coastal lava trail for one mile to visit Makalewena Beach. You will not find the usual tourist type attractions on this beach, but that is part of its attraction.

                  9. Ofu Beach, Ofu Island, American Samoas

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                    Image via Flickr by Susan Ware

                    Much like the Hawaiian Beach of Mahai’ula, Ofu Beach of the American Samoas is rugged and uninhabited. Only accessible by plane, this remote island is a top attraction for tourists and locals. Ofu Beach offers unprecedented views from atop its massive cliffs, and great water conditions for swimming and snorkeling. It is the perfect adventure spot for backpackers and hikers.

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                    10. Baja do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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                      Image via Flickr by Michael Rios

                      Baja do Sancho is often referred to as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. This beach greets you with white sand and emerald green water for as far as your eye can see. In the bay area, you will find high cliffs where visitors enjoy watching dolphins at play. During the rainy season, the beach offers a special treat of two natural waterfalls that empty into the sea. This beach is a favorite for turtle watchers.

                      The cliffs surrounding this beach make a perfect spot to view dolphins spinning and diving into the water. If you happen to be on the island during the rainy season between the months of February and June, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise, because the Baia do Sancho comes alive with two most beautiful waterfalls cascading down from the cliffs into the sea. This phenomenon is caused by rainwater and is a real treat for the eyes. But these months are the best time for the egg-laying turtles; hence the beach is closed from late noon to the next morning, so make sure to be on the beach early during the rainy season. – See more at: http://www.noronhabookers.com/fernando-de-noronha-tour/beaches/baia-do-sancho.html#sthash.3PDFXVnk.dpuf
                      You can reach the bay either by trekking down a short trail or by sea. The beach is protected and surrounded by native vegetation and high rising cliffs, which makes the perfect nesting ground for birds. The sand on Baia do Sancho is white and the water is emerald green. If you happen to take the boat, you just need to stop for a quick swim. The clear crystal water is ideal for diving as well. – See more at: http://www.noronhabookers.com/fernando-de-noronha-tour/beaches/baia-do-sancho.html#sthash.3PDFXVnk.dpuf
                      You can reach the bay either by trekking down a short trail or by sea. The beach is protected and surrounded by native vegetation and high rising cliffs, which makes the perfect nesting ground for birds. The sand on Baia do Sancho is white and the water is emerald green. If you happen to take the boat, you just need to stop for a quick swim. The clear crystal water is ideal for diving as well. – See more at: http://www.noronhabookers.com/fernando-de-noronha-tour/beaches/baia-do-sancho.html#sthash.3PDFXVnk.dpuf

                      11. Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile

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                        Image via Flickr by Sarah Twicheli

                        Surrounded by coconut groves and crystal clear water, this beach is a favorite for divers.  In the winter months, it is common to see huts set up along the beach where locals sell their goods to travelers. Anakena is considered the place where King Hotu Matua disembarked.  Locals tell the tale of how one of the caves was once the Kings home.

                        12. Galapagos Beach, Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

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                          Most travelers discover this secret paradise while traveling to Galapaga to see Lonesome George at the world renowned Charles Darwin headquarters. He is a 150-year old tortoise and the last one of his kind. Once travelers stumble upon Galapagos Beach, they find seaside hotels, fantastic food, and every water sport you can imagine. Most stay a while to enjoy the serenity of this magical place.

                          13. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

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                            Flamenco Beach, named by the Discovery Channel as the second most beautiful beach in the world is located in a campground. Here you will find beach vendors with umbrellas, paddleboards, and other small watercraft. The beach is long and continues through the bay. Visitors swim, hike, picnic, and camp while surrounded by one of the most beautiful settings in the world.  Make reservations early for this one.

                            14. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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                              Providenciales, called “Provo” by the locals, is most famous for its world class diving. The five mile beach area began development, “Club Med” style, in the 1980’s and is now filled with luxury hotels and condominiums. Provo, once ranked “Best Beach” by Conde’ Nast magazine, has won World Travel Awards several years in a row. The area is unique due to its rugged hills, uninhabited cays, and miles of coral reefs close to the shore and awaiting exploration.

                              15. Major’s Bay Beach, St. Kitts, West Indes

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                                St. Kitts is a potpourri of both English and French traditions and architecture. For now, it is still a hidden gem but plans to develop it further are underway. Here, you will find the usual water sports, but for animal lovers, this island paradise offers a special treat. The abundance of rare tropical birds makes this a must visit destination for bird watchers, and friendly monkeys entertain tourists near the beach. The monkeys are believed to have been introduced to the island by pirates.

                                16. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba

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                                  The crystal clear water of Playa Paraiso fills pools on the soft white sand while a mangrove forest provides the backdrop for this magnificent Cuban beach. The water here is not stirred like sea waters to the north, allowing for miles of aqua marine colored water.  Adventure seekers enjoy renting a jeep to explore the many roads and paths that surround the beach. This area is famous for its black coral reef, scuba diving, and riding horseback along the beach.

                                  17. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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                                    Image via Flickr by Kevin Oliver

                                    The rocky shoreline of the Virgin Gorda is home of The Baths. This massive display of granite boulders, some as big as 40 feet in diameter, fill the beach for as far as you can see. The beach itself is white sand encompassing pools made from the giant rocks. The boulders formed from molten rock that never reached the surface. They cooled creating the granite layer, then broke apart from years of shrinking and cracking. Through time, weathering rounded the corners of the broken rock which created the artistic display today.

                                    18. Cable Beach, Broome, Australia

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                                      Image via Flickr by Siergert Michaelsen

                                      This beautiful beach stretches 22-kilometers along the whitest of sand.  Red cliffs fill the background by hanging over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Camel rides at sunset are a favorite activity of tourists on this famous Australian beach. At low tide, the 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints can be explored. This is also an excellent location for watching dolphins and migrating whales.

                                      19. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles

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                                        Famous for its reefs and lagoons, full of flora, fauna and green sea turtles, this famous beach is the backdrop for famous advertising campaigns such as Bacardi Rum. Divers and snorkelers from all over the world visit here to swim amongst colorful fish and catch a glimpse of a black reef shark or whale shark in the clear waters.  Although vehicles are allowed on this island, the main means of transportation is bicycle. The locals encourage tourists to adapt to their lifestyle and rent a bicycle from a local vendor.

                                        20. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii

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                                          Once named the best beach in the world, Kaanapali Beach is a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. Now lined with luxury resorts, condominiums and some of the best shopping on the Islands, this beach has something for everyone. You can cliff dive from the northern cliffs, watch the sunset into the water, or watch a reenactment of King Kahekili diving off of Black Rock. Visitors look forward to returning to this exotic destination year after year.

                                          21. Praia dos Carneiros, Tamandare, Brazil

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                                            Image via Flickr by Márcio Cabral de Moura

                                            This lesser known beach is a perfect place for rest, relaxation, and romance. There are restaurants and colorful accommodations available near the beach, but don’t expect anything super fancy. This hidden gem is tucked away from the touristy beaches of Porto de Galinhas. It is by far the prettiest beach in the area. Many couples take advantage of the small wedding chapel located on the beach.

                                            22. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

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                                              After traveling a long and windy road, your path ends in a tropical paradise filled with tropical foliage, turquoise water and white sand surrounded by granite. Divers love this spot as it offers some of the most scenic diving in the Seychelles. Praslin is the site of the fabulous Vallée de Mai, a site once thought to be the original “Garden of Eden”.

                                              23. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands

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                                                This beach is untouched perfection.  Wood-built beachside restaurants are a favorite amongst travelers and locals alike. Be warned, most of the beaches here are unofficially nude and the locals like it that way. They have fought and succeeded at keeping things simple by blocking development in this section of paradise. It is common to see yachts anchored near shore here as this is a favored playground of the rich and famous.

                                                24. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Austrailia

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                                                  This scenic island is only accessible by boat, but once there, you will find an abundance of lush green foliage, rugged hills, and turquoise water for as far as you can see. This is a popular area for tourists to visit when traveling to the Great Barrier Reef or Queensland Australia. The natural surroundings make it a favorite spot for boaters to drop anchor and swim in the clear blue waters.

                                                  25. Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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                                                    Doctor’s Cave Beach is one of the best beaches in the world and the most visited in Jamaica. On the beach, you can rent kayaks, water scooters, umbrellas, towels and beach chairs. To save on high prices charged inside the gates of this beach, many travelers purchase from street vendors. Remember, Jamaica is a barter town. Don’t be afraid to barter for a better price.

                                                    These are just 25 of the worlds best beaches that are great to visit anytime of year. Most of the best beaches are unspoiled by tourists so you may know of a hidden gem of your own. If you have a favorite beach, we would love to hear about it. Please share in the comment section below.

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                                                    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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