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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.


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Here Are 9 Salsas From Across Latin America That You’ll Carry In Your Bag Every Day Of The Week

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Here Are 9 Salsas From Across Latin America That You’ll Carry In Your Bag Every Day Of The Week

I guarantee that since Beyonce’s hit anthem ‘Formation’ hit the airwaves, we’ve all been wanting to channel our inner Bey and carry some hot sauce in our bags. But which one would you choose?  

Whether you prefer sweet and sour, ranch, spicy, or mild, when it comes to options, the possibilities are endless!

A sauce’s beauty is that every country has its famous creation that usually accompanies their traditional dishes. Every Latin American country has its mouth-watering sauce that was created using recipes passed down from ancestors.

AJILIMOJILI

In Puerto Rico, this sauce is quite popular because of its ají dulce flavor – a mix of sweet and sour notes. The green salsa is the Caribbean’s version of hot sauce and is added to recipes, such as seafood and boiled vegetables.

VALENTINA

Few of us don’t know about the magic that is Valentina. Pour that sauce all over your papas, pizza, jicama, elotes, and so much more. And it’s great because it’s available in a variety of heat levels so everyone can enjoy. 

TIÁ LUPITA HABANERO SAUCE

This Habanero Hot Sauce is an original family recipe of the brand and combines just the right amount of heat with each fruit’s natural sweetness. It is handmade in small batches, using only habanero peppers, dates, mangos, and spices. All ingredients are sourced from local farms and are non-GMO and gluten-free certified.

The sauce can be used as a condiment with breakfast burritos, eggs, sandwiches, tacos, pulled pork, steak, chicken, fish, quesadillas, and more.

CHIMICHURRI

Chimichurri is mostly tied to Argentina, even though other countries also serve the herb-based salsa. To achieve the perfect chimichurri, mix parsley, oregano, garlic, onion, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil. Pair with meat cuts like churrasco and watch the magic happen.

CHIRMOL

In Central America, chismol or chirmol is made of tomatoes, onion, peppers and other ingredients. It’s similar to pico de gallo and is used in a variety of dishes.

RICANTE

Sauce, dressing, dip, marinade… Ricante does it all and with no sugar or salt added and with just the right amount of approachable spice. Ricante is not only Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and Keto Friendly, but tiá approved!

Ricante launched with five incredibly unique hot sauces, marrying non-traditional essences like apples, mangos, carrots, and habaneros.

SALSA ROSA

Pastas are enjoyed all across Latin America, especially in Argentina and Uruguay, which pair the dishes with salsa rosa, a tomato-based sauce mixed with heavy cream. Together, they create a pink paste that blankets a variety of pasta dishes.

TACTICAL TACOS

Wait, so not all taco bases are citrus?! Tactical Tacos knows how to do taco sauce right with their notes of orange, lime, and cilantro to start your bite out just right, followed up with a perfect hint of Jalapeno and Cayenne pepper in the background. That’s just their mild sauce, Snafu. The Fire Fight and Ghost Protocol give you a similar ride with the citrus kick but with a much bigger spice hit for those that are brave enough to try it out!

MOLE

Mole is a spicy-and-sweet sauce made from chocolate that translates. The dark brown sauce gets its heat from chiles, but also has a touch of sweetness from the cacao, almonds, and peanuts often added. The sauce is topped with sesame seeds.

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All The Truly Surprising Starbucks Menu Items From Around Latin America

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All The Truly Surprising Starbucks Menu Items From Around Latin America

There are some things you can count on at any American Starbucks location, like the uniform flavor of Pike Place Roast, a sub-par bagel, or the baristas’ inability to spell Jennypher correctly. Outside of the U.S., however, the chain must make some menu adjustments based on local tastes.

Although the term “unusual” is certainly relative, here’s a glimpse of Starbucks’ best international offerings.

Maracuya Frappuccino – Mexico

Transport yourself to the Riviera Maya with this one. The people of Mexico can taste the exotic fruity flavor of passionfruit (aka maracuya) in their frappuccinos and save themselves from an actual trip to the beach.

Ponche Navideño – Mexico

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Although most of us think as ponche as being just a seasonal option, several Starbucks locations in Mexico carry the traditional tasty treat all year long.

Banana Split Frappuccino – Mexico

You can take this one with or without coffee. It has all the banana and chocolate flavor of the beloved dessert and is topped with crushed waffle cones.

Envuelto Poblano – Mexico

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Lucuma Crème Frappuccino – Peru

Too bad they don’t serve it in the United States but I can understand why. This frappuccino is made with Lucuma, which is a tropical fruit from Peru, so it would be problematic to export it to different parts of the world. On the other hand, it makes the drink exclusive and adds one more reason to go to Peruvian Starbucks.

The taste of the fruit can be compared to maple flavor or butterscotch and this frappuccino itself is creamy and sweet as a Peruvian treat should be.

Barrita Nuez – Chile

Meet the famous humble cookie with a Chilean spin. You can taste the Barrita Nuez in Chile and enjoy the stuffing which consists of dulce de leche, nougat and walnuts.

Brigadeiro Frappuccino – Brazil

This frappuccino was born to honor the love of dulce de leche flavored ice creams which all Brazilians share. Dulce de leche is a traditional Latin American dessert that is prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk until it changes its color and gets a flavor similar to caramel.

Mini Donuts Nutella – Brazil

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Mini fried donuts filled with Nutella. Why are there no Nutella-filled treats at an American Starbucks?!

Pão de Queijo – Brazil

Brazil is often associated with skewers of meat, but there’s certainly a lot more cuisine variation. The fluffy balls of gluten-free cheese bread known as pão de queijo is a good example. The use of sour cassava starch dates back to the 1600s, before cheese was even in the picture, but today they’re available everywhere you turn in Brazil, from beachside stands to grandmothers’ kitchens to the Starbucks pastry case.

Dulce de Leche Frappuccino – Argentina

This creamy Frappuccino flavored with dulce de leche is pretty much what dreams are made of.

Cafe Tinto – Colombia

Starbucks coffee couldn’t be further than the working-class style of Colombian coffee called tinto, but as part of an effort to blend into its surroundings, the chain sells short cups of the stuff. It’s served black, and has a slightly thicker consistency than your average joe.

Churro Frappuccino – Latin America

Churro Frappuccino served at Starbucks all over Latin America includes cinnamon sprinkling, whipped cream, white mocha syrup, and a churro. 

What’s your favorite Starbucks items from across Latin America?

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