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  • Nicole Connolly | June 17, 2015 3:00 AM ET

    6 of the World's Most Beautiful Beaches

    6 of the World's Most Beautiful Beaches

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    The beach is one of my favorite places in the world. I mean, what’s not to love — the sun, surf, the gentle breeze, and the sound of the ocean gently lapping at the shore. It does not get much better than that, or does it? Here is a list of the world’s most beautiful beaches. A trip to one of these would ramp up your vacation experience exponentially.

    Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles

    This is undisputedly the most beautiful beach in Seychelles. It is certainly the one that is photographed the most. The sand has a velvety texture and the water is a striking blue. The granite boulders add to the scene, and surprisingly make it much more inviting rather than off- putting. It is beautifully dramatic, and peacefully serene. Spend some time there and you might not want to leave!

    Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

    The next time you find yourself in Tahiti, head over to this beach. It is about one mile long and features some of the most powdery white sand you could imagine. The lagoon shimmers in all its glory and of course, the background of thick palm trees and tropical plants adds to its character. As a bonus, this beach is public access, so you can kiss those five-star access prices goodbye!

    Waipo Valley Beach, Big Island, Hawaii

    Certainly no stranger to vacationers and tourists, Hawaii is already renowned for its natural beauty. However, this beach on the big Island is one of the best … If you can get there. You have to either hike or drive down some pretty treacherous roads, but the end result is worth it. Make it to the valley and you will find yourself on black volcanic sand that is skirted by cliff walls topping out at 2,000 feet. If that is not enough for you, there are also two waterfalls at the south that create stunning views and perfect pictures.

    El Castillo, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

    It's not often that you get to vacation on the beach among ruins, but at this Mexican gem you can. Admire the limestone cliffs that stretch up about 40 feet or so, and of course the Caribbean Sea and its entire brilliant clear blue wonder. Plenty of palm trees and vegetation can be found, and of course you can explore the ruins too.

    Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

    This beach is picturesque, featuring striking golden sand and bronze cliffs. Go a bit further and there’s a rain forest rife with wildlife. It's listed as a World Heritage Site for the distinction of being the largest sand island in the world. Get swept away by the stunning colors, and captivated by the serene sounds of the sea. This beach is far less touristy then the others.

    Lopes Mendes, Ilha Grande, Brazil

    Most people think of Rio when they think of great beaches in Brazil. However, here in Lopes Mendes you find 2 miles of completely unspoiled, pristine white sand. The waters here are some of the clearest in the world, and civilization is at a minimum. The trade-off is beautiful natural scenery that makes for perfect afternoon or evening naps. Fair warning, it might take you about three hours to get there from Rio, but the reward is well worth it.

    And with that, it's time to grab an umbrella drink and head out for the sand. These beaches are calling your name; all you have to do is pack your bags. Take a trip and enjoy one, or a few, months and explore them all. These beaches might make you a full time traveler!


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Nicole Connolly Suitcase Stories' Luxe Life Travel Tales and Tips

Nicole Connolly Nicole, along with her husband Michael, left her ordinary life behind for a life of extraordinary travel. The couple left Australia in March 2012 and have been traveling ever since. Nicole has a penchant for all things luxury and this shows in their lifestyle. They may live the life of a gypsy but they certainly know how to do it in style. Their goal is to share their experiences and show others how a life of luxury is possible without the big bank account. Follow their adventures at
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