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5 must-see beaches every traveler should visit

May 30, 2015 by  Katie Schwartz

With white sands, cozy lounge chairs, calming waters and sunshine, a beach day is a day well spent in any destination. Though there are plenty to set down your towel at, here are five must-visit beaches to experience around the world.

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1. Impanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With a signature serpentine boardwalk, areas for volleyball and football (or soccer, as we say here in the U.S.), a mountainous backdrop and even an eponymous song from the ’60s, Impanema Beach is definitely a must-visit for anyone in Rio who’s looking for some sun.

Stroll along the boardwalk on our tours that visit Brazil

Amalfi Coast Italy

2. Marina Grande Beach on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

The cliffside beaches of the Amalfi Coast offer up quintessential Mediterranean retreats—think boldly striped sun umbrellas, pastel villas perched on surrounding hillsides, and nearby walking paths to take in the spectacular views.

Relax on this beach during your free time on our Amalfi Coast tours

people relaxing on bondi beach in australia

3. Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

Named for the Aboriginal word for “water breaking over rocks,” this Australian gem has become a hub for beach sports, including surfing, volleyball, and even life-saving competitions.

Experience on of Australia's most iconic beaches on our Australia tours

Cape Town St James Beach, South Africa

4. St James Beach in Cape Town, South Africa

Small but historic, St James Beach is best known for its Crayola-colored beach huts and relaxing tidal pools. Plus, Surfers’ Corner, part of Cape Town’s more famous Muizenberg Beach, is just a walk away.

Snap photos and make memories at this unique beach on our South Africa tours

Fiji snorkeling

5. Natadola Beach, Fiji

Located on Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island, Natadola Beach is the ideal setting for snorkeling, surfing, and even horseback riding (locals often bring their horses to the shore to offer travelers seaside walks).

Extend your trip on our Australia & New Zealand tours to visit this crystal clear beach by adding an extension to your tour.

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About the author | Katie Schwartz
Katie is a yogi, writer, and travel lover from Massachusetts. Writing everything from catalogs to email campaigns for Go Ahead Tours, she aims to spread wanderlust wherever possible.

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