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If You Love Beaches, These Latin American Beaches Are Vacation Destinations To Consider

If you love swimming in the ocean and sunbathing out on the sand, here are a couple of Latin American beaches you’ll want to add to your bucket list.

Some of these beaches are known for their crystal-clear waters, while others are known for their spectacular views and amazing underwater life. Check them out and find out which beach you want to make your next vacation destination. 

1. Jericoacoara Beach, Brazil

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If you love the feeling of having sand between your toes, then this Brazilian beach is for you. Jericoacoara is located in Ceará, Brazil and is known for its large dunes and calm waters.

2. Baía do Sancho Beach, Brazil

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This secluded beach can only be accessed by boat or by a narrow staircase that leads you to the cliffs. But the crystal clear water and beautiful views make it completely worth it. The only time people are forbidden to visit the beach is between January and July, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., which is turtle spawning season.

3. Itamambuca Beach, Brazil

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Itamambuca Beach is located in Ubatuba, Brazil, surrounded by acres of rainforest. If you enjoy surfing, the waves at this beach are ideal.

4. Praia do forte, Brazil

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Praia do forte is located in the northeastern part of Brazil. This long beach is known for its clear waters, natural pools and tropical rainforest climate. What makes this beach so attractive is its weather – remaining sunny almost all year long.

5. Ipanema Beach, Brazil

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Ipanema is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The view of the two mountains, called the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) is what makes this beach so spectacular.

6. Playa Sirena, Cuba

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As seen in the image above, Playa Sirena is known for its crystal-clear water and fine white sand. This beach is located at the western tip of Cayo Largo in Cuba and is the widest beach of the island.

7. Varadero, Cuba

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Varadero is a beach town in Cuba that is located on the Hicacos Peninsula. The beaches in Varadero are popular tourist destinations, with access to beach front hotels, resorts and fun activities.

8. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Punta Cana is a resort town known for its beautiful beaches and fun tourist attractions. With such clear waters, activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving and deep see fishing are very popular.

9. Playa Rincón, Dominican Republic

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Playa Rincon translates to “Beach in the Corner,” which gives you a hint that this beach is a hidden gem. Due to being so secluded, this beach is very clean and spacious which is what makes it so beautiful.

10. Cancún, Mexico

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Cancún is a Mexican city that borders the Caribbean Sea. If you want to relax, but also want to explore the night life, this is the place to be.

11. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Cabo San Lucas is a resort city located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California. This popular spring break destination is known for its beaches, outdoor activities and night life.

12. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Puerto Vallarta is located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, surrounded by blue water and mountains. And just minutes away, you can explore the city life, with access to restaurants, shops and night clubs.

13. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Known for its vibrant coral reefs and underwater caverns, Playa del Carmen is the place to be if you want to go deep sea diving. This beach city is located along the Caribbean Sea, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

14. Cozumel, Mexico

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Cozumel is an island in Mexico surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. Similar to Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is also known for its amazing coral reefs, offering some of the best snorkeling and deep diving experiences.

15. Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Playa Tamarindo is located on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. If you’re looking for strong surf waves, this is the beach to be at.

16. Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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Playa Sámara is located on the northern Pacific coast. This tropical beach is known for its green forests and calm waters, which are perfect for swimming and kayaking.

17. Margarita Island, Venezuela

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Margarita Island is the largest island in Venezuela, located along the Caribbean Sea. With a spectacular view of the mountains, this island offers activities such as windsurfing, scuba diving and horseback riding.

18. Playa Brava, Uruguay

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“Playa Brava” translates to “Rough Beach,” which gives you a good idea of how rough the waves at this beach are. So if you’re a surfer looking for a challenge, this is the place to be.

19. Punta del Diablo Beach, Uruguay

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Punta del Diable is a small fishing town located on the eastern coast of Uruguay. This beach town is mainly filled with fisherman, crafts people and backpackers.

20. Máncora Beach, Peru

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Máncora beach is located on Peru’s northwest coast. It is popular for its large waves and is the beach in Peru that brings in the most tourists. With access to beachside hostels, bungalows and houses for rent, Máncora makes the perfect vacation destination.

21. Playa Punta Sal, Peru

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Playa Punta Sal is known for its warm and clear waters. If you’re a fan of seafood, you will enjoy the local restaurants that offer fresh shrimp, lobsters, fish and more.

22. Playa Blanca, Colombia

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Playa Blanca is located on the Colombian island, Barú. It is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia and the picture above definitely proves that. The sea water here is warm, calm, and crystal clear.

23. San Andrés, Colombia

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San Andrés is an island surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. This island is known for its white sand beaches and lively reggae music.


READ: Check Out These 25 Five Star Rated Airbnb Homes In Latin America


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Gay Man Dubbed Karen For Saying He Wants Everyone To Catch COVID In IG Video

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Gay Man Dubbed Karen For Saying He Wants Everyone To Catch COVID In IG Video

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Corey Hannon, a gay man in New York, has received severe backlash after a video he posted to his IG story. Hannon, who suspected he might have COVID-19, went to Fire Island for the holiday weekend drawing anger.

NYC resident Corey Hannon is facing severe backlash on social media after posting this video.

The video was taken while Hannon was partying on Fire Island over the 4th of July holiday weekend. The video shows an upset Hannon claiming to have had COVID and went to the island after quarantining for 8 days. Then he takes a turn and says he hopes everyone catches COVID.

Hannon also allegedly shared on Facebook that his body felt like it was still sick while on Fire Island.

COVID-19 is still a very serious health risk in the United States. The holiday weekend saw spikes of COVID infections across the country proving the seriousness of the virus. According to The New York Times, the U.S. recorded more than 56,000 new infections on July 3rd and more than 50,000 on July 4th. New daily infection numbers have been increasing aggressively since mid-June when states began rushing reopening plans.

The backlash to the videos and posts was swift, widespread, and brutal.

Twitter was filled with people denouncing the actions of Hannon in the midst of a pandemic. Some countries have begun to return to a form of normal after strict isolation measures. The U.S. has been criticized by the international community because of a lack of a national strategy. Instead, infection numbers have continued to climb in the U.S. forcing some states, counties, and cities to pause, suspend, and even reverse reopenings.

Hannon posted a video and people are not buying his “apology.”

Here’s my apology, comments, and my story. Because I failed to mention dates of my COVID timeline here they are:…

Posted by Corey Hannon on Sunday, July 5, 2020

In the video, Hannon spends more time apologizing for how people perceived his actions than apologizing for his actions. For a moment, Hannon decided to talk about cancel culture and how it is going too far. He laments about the messages he has received in light of the video going viral.

Some people have gone so far as to call Hannon’s actions racist because of how much more communities of color are being infected. Black, Latino, and immigrant communities are all facing disproportionate numbers of COVID-19 cases. A lack of access to healthcare and outreach around COVID-19 has led to these communities facing higher infection and death rates as the virus continues to spread in the U.S.

Hannon’s video forced people to take a closer look at Fire Island this weekend and it was just…well…

Giancarlo Kristian Albanese, a currency analyst, also shared his feelings about health measures designed to slow the spread of the virus and save lives. An image shared to Instagram shows a sea of men with no social distancing and no masks insight on Fire Island.

Some people on social media are just stunned by this kind of behavior.

And this is why we can’t have anythingSee y’all 2021

Posted by Logan Slaughter on Saturday, July 4, 2020

The virus is still a very serious threat in the U.S. The European Union has banned tourists from the U.S. to visit because of our inability to control the viral outbreak in the U.S. Our numbers have skyrocketed in recent months with our death number recently cross over 130,000.

Scientists, health experts, and politicians are calling for Americans to act together and wear masks and practice social distancing. Studies and research from around the world have shown that one of the most effective tools in slowing the spread of COVID-19 is the face mask.

READ: Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

Coffee Is Steeped In Tradition Across Latin America, Here Is How Each Country Brews The Perfect Cup

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Coffee Is Steeped In Tradition Across Latin America, Here Is How Each Country Brews The Perfect Cup

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OK, so we’re in like Week 12 of lockdown and some of us may have taken up new hobbies and interests to help pass the time. For me, that’s been getting to know a good cup of home-brewed coffee. Plus, the draw of a warm, delicious cup of coffee can definitely help you get your day started with that often much-needed shot of caffeine.

Many coffee experts agree, that now is the time to familiarize yourself with all the traditional coffee methods from around Latin America and figure out which one you like best.

Latin America is one of the biggest producers of coffee beans, but surprisingly, coffee isn’t a big part of life here, with the exception of Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina. But those who do enjoy their coffee, have a wide array of traditions when it comes to preparing that perfect cup.

Like the millions of people and cultures of the world, coffee too has its own variations and traditions surrounding it. Here is a glimpse of how it is prepared and consumed in different ways all over the planet.

Argentina

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Maté may be the official national beverage, but coffee drinking is a refined, lingering art in Argentina’s cafes.

The country’s capital, Buenos Aires, has always been Latin America’s coffee capital and long before any neighboring nation even knew of the existence of a ‘latte’, Porteños were sipping macchiatos (called lagrimas) and café con leche like it was nobody’s business. The city has always offered the best coffee in the entire continent – mostly due to its influx of Italian immigrants who brought with them the traditional techniques of coffee brewing.

Brazil

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Unlike much of South America, coffee is very popular in Brazil, with many Brazilians preferring a cafezinho – a strong and very sweet coffee. And it kinda makes sense considering Brazil is the world’s largest producer of the stuff.

Coffee is consumed all through the day, in dainty little cups, with or without meals. Coffee added to a glass of milk is often served for breakfast to kids as young as 10 years old. Though American-style coffee culture and drinks are gaining popularity, walking while eating or drinking is a strict no-no in Brazil

Colombia

Colombia, known for its great, versatile coffee beans, likes its coffee black with lots of sugar, in small cups. It’s known as tinto and it will leave you awake for days…

Colombia’s coffee culture only recently got off the ground. Prior to 2003, the country’s best beans were only exported and Colombians only had access to the leftover beans. But this has changed and coffee culture is a huge part of Colombian identity.

Cuba

Cuba may be best known for the cafecito – or Cafe Cubano. This very strong drink is a type of espresso coffee that first developed in Cuba after Italians arrived in the country.

The Cafecito beverage is made by sweetening a shot with Demerara sugar, during the coffee brewing process. There are variations on the method including a variety of recipes. The Demerara sugar is traditionally added into the glass into which the espresso will drip so the sugar and espresso mix during brewing which is said to create a unique and smooth quality.

Guatemala

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Guatemalans aren’t huge consumers of coffee. And those who do drink coffee tend to drink it as much of the world does – as a latte or shot of espresso.

However, Guatemala is revered for its superior quality and complexity of flavors. It’s a step above the rest, because many coffee fincas (plantations) still harvest beans in the most traditional of ways. The nation’s highlands are where you’ll want to head and – luckily for you – where you can experience the country’s long-held passion for coffee and discover some of the most magnificent landscapes in the entire continent. The most popular region for coffee lovers to visit is Lake Atitlan, a spectacular area framed by three volcanoes.

Mexico

In Mexico, coffee is often brewed with cinnamon and sugar. The cinnamon and sugar aren’t merely added to the coffee after brewing, but they’re incorporated right into the brewing technique. The result is a coffee that’s at the same time sweet and spicy. 

Cafe de Olla is the national coffee drink and it varies from state to state but it’s definitely a must to try if visiting the county. But it’s also easy to make at home!

Venezuela

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At one point, Venezuela rivaled Colombia in terms of its coffee production. However, those days are long gone and now the country produces less than 1% of the world’s coffee (since 2001). Although some Venezuelan coffee is exported, the vast majority is consumed by the Venezuelans themselves. 

Venezuela’s most renowned coffees are known as Maracaibos. They are named after the port through which they are shipped, close to Colombia. The coffee grown in the eastern mountains is called Caracas, named after the country’s capital.