"A photo of the Riviera Maya in Mexico, taken in June of 2011."
"The beach at Maya Bay in Thailand."
"The Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand."
"Waves at Scarborough Beach in Western Australia. Calm seas looking west over the Indian Ocean in September."
"The skies turn purple over Haystack Rock and the miles of sand along Oregon's Cannon Beach."
"Honokowai Beach Park in Ka'anapali, Maui, Hawaii."
"While celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in the French Riviera, my wife and I were anxious to take our first swim in the Mediterranean Sea, in Juan-Les-Pins. The bright blue skies and inviting lounge chairs welcomed us on our first morning on the sand."
"A lovely sight like this stream can be seen at one point along the ocean in Kapa'a, Kauai, in Hawaii. The county has built a very nice walkway for quite a distance and they are continually extending it. Early morning is a lovely time to walk and absorb all the beautiful sights of the sea in Kauai. Don't miss this one!"
"The beach at Monterosso al Mare in Italy's Cinque Terre."
"The tiny island of Kalanggaman off the coast of Leyte in the Philippines. Its unadulterated state, sand bars, stunning rock formations, dwarf coconut trees, talcum fine white sand beaches, and amazing turquoise waters were absolute reasons for me to hail my experience there as my best island adventure ever."
"To the left, the new town. To the right, the old town and fortress. Beautiful small old city in Greece. Large cruise ships don't stop here, so if you do find your self in Monemvasia, you won't be overrun by tourists. For the energetic, the climb to the top is worth it."
"A small island near Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, South Pacific."
"Parasailers bring color to the busy beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico."
"The sun is beginning to set behind some outrigger canoes at the Kihei Canoe Club in Maui, Hawaii."
"The turquoise waters of Trunk Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands."
"Portimão is a municipality in the district of Faro in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Historically a fishing and ship building center, it has nonetheless developed into a strong tourist center oriented along its beaches and southern coast."
"Isla Pasión was an excursion we took on our Carnival Cruise while we were docked in Cozumel. Great beach with drinks and buffet all included in the price. Fun times."
"It was the beginning of a new day after the last night of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. I was walking on the streets of Ipanema, when I looked through the buildings and noticed a very interesting light under the layer of clouds over the ocean. A few minutes later my tenacity was rewarded by the most gorgeous sunrise I had ever seen in Rio."
"The Baths on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands—the perfect snorkeling beach."
"Strolling Baie Longue Beach in St. Martin."
"Hanalei Bay on the North Shore of Kauai."
"A view of Torquay, England, known as the 'English Riviera.' Water, good food, and palm trees abound in this part of Devon."
"Yellow flowers on the beach in Miami."
"Taken during a scenic tour in San Diego, California."
"Behind the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, California, is one of my favorite little areas to get away. The beach is very typical of Southern California in many ways, however, there are beautiful rock formations, and even a little rocky cave you can walk through to get a closer look at all the sea life living in the tide pools."
"In the northwest corner of Isla Colón, the largest island of Panama's Bocas del Toro archipelago, one finds a gorgeous succession of beaches (all but deserted during our September visit), one of which is known locally as "Starfish Beach" for the colorful invertebrates that gather there in profusion. A true tropical paradise!"
"Kayaks on the beach at the El Dorado Royale in Cancun, Mexico."
"Yes, it's still possible to find that perfect deserted tropical beach in Hawaii, as long as you're willing to hike. Polulu Valley hike on the Big Island of Hawaii is a great one."
"Devil's Punchbowl View. I was driving along the coastline and wanted the perfect spot for sunset. This is the best I have seen so far in my travels. Spectacular."
"I rented a car while in Portland and drove out to the Oregon coast for a couple of days. Beautiful views and great walkable picturesque beaches everywhere!"
"The Dead Sea was so beautiful and so much fun to float in! It's an experience everyone should have. You can swim out to where it's too deep to touch and bob up and down without having to tread water."
"The Great Ocean Road in Australia. What a breathtaking place."
"Sunrises don't get much prettier than at the beach. This one was caught with a couple running along the Pacific Ocean in Kauai, Hawaii."
"Calm, clear day off the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa."
"Umbrellas on the beach in Nice, France."
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