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Brazilian beaches by buggy

Right at the tip of the eastern coast of Brazil, blissful days can be spent traversing hundreds of different beaches by beach buggy, effectively avoiding traffic as you glide past untouched sand dunes and witness glorious coastlines. Stops at the traffic lights are substituted for moments to dip …

The best hidden beaches of South Florida

While most of Florida's beaches offer everything from volleyball nets to jet skis to free wi-fi -- there are times when a trip to the shore should just rejuvenate the soul, scrubbing away the stresses of life like sand that scrubs at the soles of bare feet.<p>Stumbling upon a soulful sanctuary is …

How to choose a South Pacific island

The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world's biggest ocean. What you can't tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast. While the postcards might look similar, …

Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …

Honduras’ Bay Islands: a laid-back, uncrowded Caribbean paradise

Plenty of Caribbean islands have been labeled with the daydream-inducing word: paradise. If your definition of paradise includes empty beaches, no crowds, and not having to dress for dinner, consider packing your bags for an easy-access option you might not have considered: the Bay Islands of …