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Beaches are central to the appeal of Seychelles

 victoria white2010With 115 islands to choose from, there are nearly countless amazing sandy stretches to choose from. Here are just three of the most notable: Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue  - On a lagoon protected from the open ocean, the country´s – and one of the world´s – most popular strands (above) is famous for its pink sands, distinctive granite boulders, and shallow, crystalline waters, making it fantastic for swimming and snorkeling. Beau Vallon, Mahé  - The island´s best known…

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Beaches high on the attractions of 'Denmark's 11 Best Towns to Explore in Summer'

Guillaume Baviere This might not be the first country that springs to mind when it comes to a summer getaway, but when the summer sun kisses Scandinavia´s smallest country, all of it blossoms into a captivating and welcoming paradise, with its peak in July. Imagine long, sunny days filled with outdoor adventures (including more than 150 sometimes suprisingly good beaches, like that of Hornbæk, above) and cozy evenings basking in the golden twilight. It's also a time for wonderful Danish…

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The très beaux beaches of Martinique

  Eduardo Cabanas   There are three dozen, but here are just three of the top picks:are: Grande Anse les Salines, considered one of the Caribbean´s loveliest, is near the island´s southwestern tip, a 45-minute ferry ride from Fort-de-France. It´s famous for its mile and a quarter (two kilometers) of golden sands and calm, crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Anse Céron, up north near the town of Le Prêcheur, is serene and less crowded, known for its black sands (a…

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  • Interesting! Normally around this time of the year Scandinavians flock even more to our Mediterranean beaches - and many are still doing so - but as record heat takes hold here down south, Denmark´s own beaches are looking at record visitor numbers this summer:
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    The same firm that brought New Yorkers and visitors the High Line will open Gansevoort Peninsula this summer for warm-weather outdoor thrills.
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    Canada is home to more shoreline than any other country in the world and its beaches are a well-kept secret worth discovering.
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  • On their website, a U.S.-Cuban couple cover the world, and bring special expertise on Ecuador, where they met while living. And here they give recommendations on an aspect of the country that most people know less about: its Pacific-coast beaches. Check it out:
  • Of course the Caribbean's number-one draw is its beaches and limpid waters, but currently those throughout the region are enduring a rise in a smothering golden algae called sargassum, and it's affecting both health and tourism in various countries:
    Caribbean Matters: A stinky 'golden tide' of Sargassum seaweed strangles the Caribbean
    The environmental threats faced by both island nations in the Caribbean Sea and the mainland Caribbean basin are not limited to just hurricanes. Curr…
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