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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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            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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                                                    Image via Flickr by Loren Sztajer

                                                    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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                                                    Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                                    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                    Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                                    To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                                    Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                                    1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                                    Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                                    Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                                    To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                                    2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                                    Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                                    If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                                    Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                                    3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                                    Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                                    Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                                    4. Feed Your Brain

                                                    Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                                    This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                                    Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                                    Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                                    5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                                    According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                                    Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                                    Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                                    6. Write it Down

                                                    If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                                    It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                                    You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                                    7. Listen to Music

                                                    Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                                    8. Visual Concepts

                                                    In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                                    Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                                    Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                                    9. Teach Someone Else

                                                    Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                                    Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                                    10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                                    Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                                    So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                                    Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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