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Saud Beach, Luzon, Philippines 

If you're looking for a relaxing beach vacation in Southeast Asia, go no further than this ultra-calm locale. A visit to Luzon's Saud Beach is a guaranteed bet. In the actual world, it looks like a zero-entry swimming pool because of the gentle transition between the white sand and the crystal clear water. Swim in the calm waves, eat under a palm-roofed cabana, or rent an outrigger for a day on the water in this tropical paradise.

Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece

There's a reason Elafonissi Beach in Crete is so popular: its pink sand, mild lagoon-like waves, and wild vibe. During high tide, the sandbars and shallow water of Elafonissi Beach separate the island from the mainland. Sun loungers covered by palapa and a few seafood restaurants are the only amenities available. Try Balos Lagoon in the north if Elafonissi is too crowded.

Nungwi Beach, Tanzania

Nungwi Beach on Zanzibar Island, Tanzania, is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Nungwi's amazing coral sand has an ethereal light about it that adds to the allure. Easy-to-swim water, rugged boulders, and a beautiful sunset all come together to create a stunning scene. The region is full of restaurants, beach vendors, bars, resorts, and outfitters for water sports and excursions, all of which contribute to the area's reputation as a tourist destination.

Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

Hanalei Bay was popular with residents even before it became a tourist destination because to the filming of "South Pacific" and "The Descendants." Mountains that rise more than 4,000 feet above the Wai'oli, Hanalei Pavilion, and Black Pot beaches frame the area. It's a popular surfing spot in the winter months, when the waves are bigger and faster.

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Glam beach is one of the world's most famous beaches. This beach has it all: three miles of pristine golden sand, an energetic party atmosphere, with a stunning backdrop of mountain ranges and Art Deco and modernist buildings. Roberto Burle Marx's beach boulevard, a swirling black-and-white mosaic, is a visual treat. Locals sunbathe, promenade, and play volleyball on the beach, while vendors sell all from popsicles and shrimp kebabs to caipirinhas and ice-cold beer. The beach is the city's social hub, especially on weekends. Even while Copa's heyday may have passed, its retro aesthetic is what makes it so appealing.

Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

Cape Le Grand National Park is home to a number of magnificent and uniquely Australian beaches and bays. Grand Coastal Trail winds through scrubby heath, with stops at Hellfire Bay (a beautiful spot with clear blue water and a beautiful arcing beach), as well as Lucky Bay (the site of some of the world's whitest beach). This is an excellent way to see some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Canada. To get a bird's-eye view of the area, take the 1.5-mile Frenchman Peak Trail, which is covered in wildflowers.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Florida's 1,350 miles of shoreline are home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Clearwater Beach is well-known for its eye-catching features, but it's also a favorite vacation spot because of its beautiful white sands, flaming sunsets, and mild temperatures throughout the year. Dolphins and pelicans are frequently spotted by fishermen on Pier 60. Visitors to Clearwater Marine Aquarium can enjoy a refreshing break from the Florida sun thanks to its sea turtles, stingrays and penguins.

Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Sotavento is the cure to Fuerteventura's brassy, overdeveloped beach resorts, which can be found throughout the island. 17 miles of golden dunes, an enormous sandy beach, and tumbling teal waves make up the vast majority of its landscape. There are extensive tidepools and low-tide lagoons in the desert-ocean terrain thanks to consistent trade winds. Sotavento's year-round warm water and breezy circumstances make it ideal for swimming, surfing, kitesurfing, and sailing Hobie Cats.

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

On the other hand, isolated islands with beautiful beaches are more likely to have them. Camps Bay Beach, in the center of Cape Town, stands out. You'll discover a large expanse of beautiful, fluffy sand and blue waves on the beach. The Bo-Kaap neighborhood's cobblestone alleys and brilliantly painted facades, as well as walks up Table Mountain or the aerial cableway, as well as the scary Chapman's Peak drive through sheer cliffs that plummet into the South Atlantic, are just a few of Cape Town's many other attractions. It is possible to visit safaris, wineries, whale-watching, and shark diving in one day.

Anse Source D'Agent, La Digue Island, Seychelles

For many people, it conjures up images of a faraway, tropical paradise when they hear the name "Seychelles." If you've ever fantasized about the Seychelles, you'll be pleased to learn that the reality is just as beautiful as the ideal. All of Anse Source D'Agent's beauty comes from a translucent lagoon that's ideal for snorkeling, as well as large granite rocks that look as though they were dropped on the beach by ancient giants.

Praia de Santa Monica, Boa Vista, Cape Verde

Tourists with an adventure streak should make a stop to Boa Vista's Saharan Desert and pristine beaches. With its roughly 14 miles of sandy shoreline, Praia de Santa Monica provides an incredible view of billowing dunes, rugged rocks, and untamed seas that flash a deep blue and green. Even though swimming isn't recommended due to the strong currents, the beach is ideal for leisurely strolls and whale watching.

Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands

Playa de Ses Illetes sits on a sliver of land in the north of Formentera, where the shining gold sand is surrounded by blue shallows. Even more quiet beaches may be found along the headland, which is protected by a nature preserve designation. You can see S'Espalmador from across channel from the tip of the island in a half-hour walk north.

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