4 Must See Beaches of South America
South America has some of the most beautiful beaches of the world. Some are remote with cabanas and hammocks, other are in big metropolises but rest assured... white sand, palm trees, a tropic breeze and emerald blue water are there to enjoy.
1. Ipanema Beach (Brazil)
Ipanema Beach is without doubt one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. It lies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was immortalized by Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes in the song 'Garota de Ipanema' (The Girl from Ipanema).
The Atlantic touches Ipanema Beach with emerald blue water and the surrounding is just breathtaking with glimpses of Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Ipanema Beach is packed with 'cariocas', citizens from Rio de Janeiro, and besides satisfying many sun aficionados the beach doubles as sports grounds for volleyball and football/soccer teams.
2. Tayrona (Colombia)
With some of the most beautiful beaches of South America Parque Nacional Tayrona is paradise on earth.
It lies near Santa Marta, Colombia and covers 285 km2 (115 miles2) of sea in the Caribbean and 1.191 km2 (460 miles2) of land area, extending from sea level to an altitude of 975 meters (3,200 feet).
There are plenty of hiking and swimming opportunities. You can spend the night in cabañas (you have to bring your own food and water). It's a very popular spot with travelers.
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3. El Agua (Venezuela)
It lies on the north coast of Isla Margarita, Venezuela, about 23 km. (14 miles) from the city of Polomar, and is absolutely stunning.
White sand beaches lined with palm trees and cosy restaurants and bars will make this your favorite destination to relax and to have a great time.
4. Praia do Forte (Brazil)
Brazil has the most beautiful beaches of South America and Praia do Forte is just one of the many awesome beaches the country has to offer.
Praia do Forte lies a few miles North of Salvador da Bahia and has long, long stretches of white sand with palm trees. It's ideal to spend a few days after the frenzy of Salvador's Carnaval. You can rent lovely bungalows just next to the beach.
If you're longing to relax and enjoy a wonderful tropical beach with stunning surroundings in solitude then Praia do Forte is for you.
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