Snorkelling on Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Brightly coloured angelfish swim amid the limestone rocks framing Bermuda’s Horseshoe Bay. Explore shipwrecks and submerged caves before resting on the bay’s beach, a semi-circle of white sand against the turquoise Atlantic.
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Golfing in St Andrews, Scotland
Sand dunes separate the world-famous Old Course and its 18th-century clubhouse from the water. A steep footpath leads visitors from the ruins of St Andrews Castle to the peaceful beaches lining the Eden estuary.
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The Copacabana’s promenade, Rio de Janeiro
Sunbathers, joggers and caipirinha mixers juggle for space on Rio de Janeiro’s beach. Watch the spectacle walking the promenade: the South Atlantic glisters on one side, while the tree-covered Morro do Leme mountain rises on the other.
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Surfing on Bondi Beach, Australia
Bondi Beach epitomises Sydney’s easy-going lifestyle. Professional and amateur surfers share the vibrant Pacific stretch, located a few kilometres east of the city’s central business district. Board rental is available and teachers are at hand.
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Inner-city bathing on Miami Beach, Florida
Dotted with colourful lifeguard towers, Miami’s South Beach lures city sunbathers and boogie boarders to its sprawling sandy shores. Turn around for Ocean Drive’s eccentric parade of classic cars and would-be fashion queens.
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Walking along False Bay, South Africa
Stretching from Cape Point to Cape Hangklip, South Africa’s False Bay is dotted with small villages and beaches. Dip into the Indian Ocean on Muizenberg beach, before hiking to the sleepy fishing village of Fish Hoek.
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Hawaiian beauty on Hanalei Bay, Hawaii
Carved into the bottom of a cliff on Kauai island, Hanalei Bay is a pristine semi-circle of white sand. Set to the backdrop of rolling green mountains dotted with waterfalls, the small beach gives way to a deep blue Pacific.
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Acapulco’s beaches from the water, Mexico
High-speed Jet Skis take visitors across Acapulco’s bay, while cruise ships anchor for the city’s famous high-cliff divers. Afterwards, take your towel to the family-friendly Puerto Marques Beach, a little further from the Mexican city’s busy centre.
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Exclusive sunbathing in Cannes, France
Glamour-loving Cannes has some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches. Visitors can pick between exclusive stretches lining the Boulevard de la Croisette, or head for the free Plages du Midi, stretching west of the Vieux Port.
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White sand on Boracay, Philippines
Its soft White Beach has put Boracay on the map. Located on the northern end of the Philippines peninsula, the tiny island is surrounded by an azure-coloured Pacific that is best viewed from underneath a palm tree, cocktail in hand.
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