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7 Pristine Beaches Without the Tourist Factor

Forget what you think you know about Caribbean vacations. Beyond the hustle of floral-shirt clad tourists lies an array of untouched beaches waiting to be discovered. So don your snorkeling masks and prepare for unobstructed panoramic views, because we’ve rounded up our top seven hidden Caribbean beaches. Travelers who dare to veer off the beaten sand will love these secluded tropical hideaways.

Mustique, St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Indulge in all the luxuries this private island has to offer. From spa treatments and fine dining, to horseback riding and scuba diving, you can be as busy or as relaxed as you choose on the island of Mustique. 

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Cow Wreck Bay Beach, BVI

Yes, you will find cows roaming on this fairly deserted island. After taking a dip in its jewel colored waters, don’t forget to stop by the Cow Wreck Beach Bar & Grill for lobster and their signature cocktail—a creamier take on the Painkiller.

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Harbour Island, Bahamas

Admire the quaint, pastel cottages of the Bahamas without the crowds at Harbour Island. With ample chaise lounges spanning across its pink sand beaches, you can take your time finding the perfect spot to enjoy the dazzling ocean views.

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Ile Tintamarre, St. Martin

Known by locals as “the Flat Island,” Ile Tintamarre boasts a soft, sandy beach on the west side, and a rocky snorkeler’s haven on the east side. This remote tropical paradise is so undeveloped, visitors are advised to come prepared with their own food and water.

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Klein Curacao, Curacao

Take a boat ride from Curacao to the uninhabited island of Klein Curacao, or “Little” Curacao. The colorful marine life found in its surrounding shipwrecks and reefs makes this snorkeling destination well worth the trek.

La Sagesse Beach, Grenada

You won’t want to leave the palm tree-shaded shoreline at La Sagesse Beach, but we suggest you try. Come face to face with exotic birds and monkeys on one of the many nearby nature trails, or cool off with a drink at the historic Westerhall Rum Distillery.

Half Moon Bay, Antigua

Those who venture to the more rural, eastern part of Antigua will be rewarded with the secluded sands of Half Moon Bay. This crescent shaped beach hugs the ocean for almost a mile, leaving plenty of space to stretch out and take in the sparkling waters and lush tropical views.

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

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There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

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Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

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Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

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Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

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Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

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New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

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Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

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Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

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For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

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There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

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As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

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5 PLACES IN THE U.S. THAT FEEL LIKE ANOTHER PLANET:
1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

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