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There’s something truly magical about the beach: the shades of blue, the warmth of sand between your toes, the soft ocean breeze—the list goes on and on. We’ve connected thousands of vacationers to beautiful beaches around the world, but we know there are still some lesser-known beaches that are equally as beautiful as their more popular counterparts. Want to know more about them? Come along with us—the beautiful beach experts— and unlock the magic of a beach getaway!

Punta Mita


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Nicknamed “Mexico’s Malibu”, this beach haven is located between Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita on Mexico’s west coast. Punta Mita is home to beautiful golden sands and ideal waters for those looking to take a surf lesson. If surfing isn’t your thing, simply lounge under a palapa and take in the scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. The quaint community is home to a handful of luxurious resorts with exclusive beach amenities to enjoy throughout your stay.

Playa Calzon de Pobre


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The Guanacaste region of Costa Rica is home to plenty of pristine beaches that attract crowds of locals and visitors alike. However, there are still a handful of hidden coves that make for a peacefully perfect beach day.

Playa Calzon de Pobre is a secret beach in Carillo featuring a marked area for parking and a small path to the hidden destination. The beach boasts crystal-clear waters and calm currents ideal for all levels of swimming, but be sure to bring your own water and snacks as the beach is without access to nearby hotels and restaurants.

Playa Flamenco


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No need to pack your passport for this breathtaking beach. Located 17 miles off the main island of Puerto Rico, Playa Flamenco is located on the smaller island of Culebra and is only a 45-minute ferry ride from San Juan.

Year after year, this picture-perfect stretch of white sand and turquoise water has been ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world—for obvious reasons! Its calm waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing, or simply unwinding with your toes in the sand.

Mambo Beach


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Home to crystal clear waters and amazing diving, Curaçao also boasts incredible seaside spots perfect for beach days. Head to the coast of Willemstad and lounge on the shores of Mambo Beach, a picturesque stretch of sand that’s protected by a wall of rocks, which deflects the island’s sometimes rough waves. Its soft current and calm waters make it both child-friendly and safe to swim. It’s the perfect combination for a day in paradise!

Punalu’u Beach


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White sandy beaches are stunning in their own way, but the black sand beaches of Hawaii are bound to take your breath away. Located on the southern tip of the Island of Hawaii, Punalu’u Beach is the perfect spot for those seeking adventure.

Explore the beach’s volcanic sands and lava rocks—but swim with caution—the currents tend to be strong. Take in the beautiful contrast of the Pacific Ocean and the island’s lush vegetation against the dark sands. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for sea turtles. Punalu’u Beach is a popular destination to spot them basking in the sun!

Isla Blanca


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This stretch of secluded pristine beach is only miles from the bustling city of Cancun. Escape the crowds and find your own slice of paradise at Isla Blanca. The beach itself is surrounded by mangrove orchards and is ideal for a day of sunbathing, relaxing, or swimming in the calm blue waters.

Don’t hold back on exploring somewhere new. The beautiful beaches of the world are waiting for you, and Apple Vacations makes planning your next beach getaway easy. Pick your beach destination and book your vacation today!

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