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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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These Were The Moments That Defined Latin America In 2020 That Weren’t About COVID-19

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These Were The Moments That Defined Latin America In 2020 That Weren’t About COVID-19

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2020 will easily go down in manny of our memories as the year that just wouldn’t stop. As the year started, it all seemed to be sort of fine as the world came together to battle record-breaking Australian bushfires and worked to hopefully contain an outbreak of a strange new virus in China.

However, as the year comes to a close things have gone de mal a peor for the world in general, but for the Latino population in the United States and Latin America as a region in particular. Though it’s hard to realize just how much we all witnessed and experienced since so much of what happened seems like it was a lifetime ago.

Here’s a look back at some the defining moments from 2020 across Latin America.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira kicked off the year hopeful with a history-making performance at the Super Bowl.

Yes, believe it or not, this happened in 2020. The pair put on what many have called the best half time show in Super Bowl history. They were also joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales was forced into exile, only to return to the country in November.

After being forced into exile at the end of 2019 for attempting to illegally run in upcoming presidential elections, Morales spent a year abroad – first in Mexico and then in Argentina.

Mexico’s President AMLO made his first trip abroad to visit Donald Trump at the White House.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is a staunch populist and has long said his primary focus is domestic policy within Mexico. Therefore, despite two years in office, AMLO hadn’t left Mexico once. So it came as a surprise when his first trip abroad was a visit to the U.S. leader who had long disparaged Mexico, the government, and Mexicans – not to mention his trip came in the middle of a global pandemic.

Migrant caravans continued to make their way towards the U.S. despite interference from Mexico and Covid-19.

Migrants attempting to make their way to the U.S. isn’t unique to 2020. For decades, migrants have long banded together for safety in numbers along the treacherous journey to the north. However, they became larger and better organized in 2020, perhaps owing to the new dangers of Mexican interference.

Mexico’s AMLO vowed to stop migrants from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border, adhering to Trump’s request. It was also noteworthy because the caravans continued despite the Covid-19 crisis, which has hit the region particularly hard.

Peru saw three presidents in the span of a few weeks after massive protests.

Peru is facing one of the greatest crises the nation has faced. Just as the country seemed to be emerging from the worst of its battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, the country has entered a severe political crisis.

The country’s elected president, Martin Vizcarra, was impeached and removed from office. His predecessor responded with a heavy hand to the protests that ensued resulting in his resignation less than 24 hours later. The government then had to find someone willing to take the job which proved to be a tough sell.

In fact, massive protests swept across Latin America.

From Mexico in the north to Cuba in the Caribbean and Chile in the south, protests were seen all across the region. Although each movement had it’s own stated goal and objectives, many were largely borne out of the same purpose: to fight back against corruption.

Brazil’s President Jaír Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 but it did nothing to change his approach to the pandemic.

Jaír Bolsonaro has long been compared to Donald Trump, with many calling him the Donald Trump of South America. The two were also strongly aligned in their responses to the Coronavirus pandemic, with the pair largely downplaying the severity of the crisis.

Then, Bolsonaro became infected with the virus and many hoped it would change his view on the crisis. It didn’t.

A growing feminist movement developed in Mexico, demanding protection from a shocking rise in violence against women.

Mexico has long been battling endemic violence and the country has continued to see record-setting rates of homicides. But it was the growing rate of violence against women, particularly femicide, that gained national attention.

Women banded together and started large nationwide protests. Over the summer, women in the capital of Mexico City occupied government buildings and destroyed many of the city’s most popular monuments to hopefully get their message across. Although the movement has gained more recognition by Mexicans, the government has still failed to address their concerns. Let’s hope things are different in 2021.

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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Covid put a stop to our travel plans for 2020. After almost a year in lockdown, we have had time to plan fantasy trips and explore the world. We asked you where you wanted to visit and here are some of the places you all can’t wait to see.

Argentina

Argentina offers something for everyone. As on of the southernmost countries in the world, Argentina offers natural sights that will make nature lovers swoon. Into architecture? Cities like Mendoza offers a look at the art-deco style that will make you feel like you are back in time. Don’t forget to try to make a trip down to Ushuaia, the End of the World for a spectacular view.

Cuba

Cuba is a tricky one but a beautiful place to see. The country is filled with old buildings and cars that make it feel like a time capsule. Now, the island is old because they are oppressed and don’t have much. But you can always find ways to make sure that you help people of the island instead of giving the money to government approved businesses.

Costa Rica

This is about as wild and wondrous as it gets. Costa Rica will give everyone a chance to really be one with nature. The Central American country is a rainforest oasis with nature everywhere you look. The country prides itself on how development is not encroaching on nature and has even outlawed zoos and aquariums.

Honduras

Honduras is an underestimated place to visit. The food and people are warm and inviting. There has been some unrest in the country in recent years and a series of hurricanes has devastated the population. Tourism is a great way to bring money into a place the needs it. Just don’t take advantage of them while you are there.

Mexico

Mexico is a country filled with wonders new and old. You can experience the ruins of some of the oldest civilizations and bask in the modernity of Mexico City. The food is as diverse and vibrant as the people with delicious moles in Oaxaca and experimental fusions in Mexico City. Valle de Guadalupe is home to some farm to table restaurants and exquisite wineries. It truly is a journey of the sense if you take time to see the country.

Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s gems. After years of internal conflict, the nation is growing and quickly becoming a destination. Bogotá and Medellín are great but make it a point to visit Cali. The city is one of the place everyone should visit if they make their way to Colombia.

READ: Mexico Announces 11 New Pueblos Mágicos And It’s The Post-COVID Travel Lust We All Need Right Now

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