Salvador’s Pelourinho Neighborhood (Photo Courtesy of Embratur)
Salvador is known as Brazil’s “capital of happiness” because of its countless number of popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival. Its humble beginnings can be traced to 1549 when Portuguese settlers decided to colonize Brazil and make Salvador the capital of the country. As a result, this coastal city quickly became the main port of call for ships from all over the world that would dock and import their goods into South America. Salvador is no longer Brazil’s capital, but it is a magnificent city with unique architecture, historic museums, chic gastronomy restaurants and African-inspired music, which makes it a unique host city for the 2014 World Cup soccer games.
Salvador, the City of Music
Bahia is the musical state of Brazil. Its rich mixture of Brazilian, African and European cultures birthed genres and rhythms like axe, pagode and samba.. The state’s capital, Salvador, marches to its own beat. People here sing and play special percussion instruments like the berimbau, agogos and atabaques.
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Lovers, bicyclists and nature enthusiasts all gather on the edge of Manila Bay, the natural harbor that carves into the uppermost island of the Philippines.
Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro (Photo Courtesy of Embratur)
Rio de Janeiro is a magnificent city for travelers looking for a well-rounded experience of Brazil. Rio is more than a popular backdrop for countless movies. It’s home to iconic soccer players like Pelé, the popular Christ the Redeemer, the classic bossa nova, the most beautiful beaches in the world and the world’s most entertaining carnival. Rio de Janeiro’s laidback culture and natural beauty will leave a lasting impression to adventure seekers, soccer fans and history lovers making their way to Brazil for the World Cup.
Rio de Janeiro, The City of Yellow, Green, Blue Through and Through
In 1950, Brazil hosted the World Cup, which left the country heartbroken and disappointed when the championship title was awarded to Uruguay after the team won the final game by 1 point in Rio de Janeiro. Since then, the sport and the country of Brazil have drastically evolved, and locals are ecstatic to experience with visitors the fruits of their labor after more than 4 years of preparation for the 2014 World Cup. It all ends here in Rio de Janeiro, and only 1 team will win the title of 2014 FIFA World Cup champions.
Quiet beach time at Cardiff Reef in San Diego’s North County (All Photos: Lisa Singh)
If you’re California-bound, you’ll eventually want to see its birthplace: San Diego. And once you’ve checked out the famed Southern California city’s star attractions, like the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and La Jolla Village, you owe it to yourself to step off the well-worn tourist path and discover San Diego’s lesser-known side, where hidden gems await at nearly every turn.
The place to go is San Diego’s North County, the posh and quieter stretch of town about 25 miles north of the city. Just cruise on down Highway 101, the classic stretch of road with an array of laid-back beach towns along the way. READ MORE
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We asked you to weigh in on our 10 expert picks and determine this year’s Best Overall Beach. Travel Channel fans voted and chose Clearwater Beach, FL, as their fan favorite!
“The sand at Clearwater Beach is as soft as baby powder, and the gradual slope to the warm Gulf water makes it an ideal beach for babies and toddlers” according to Have Baby Will Travel founder Corrine McDermott.
Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Thailand (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)
I think it’ safe to say that some of us in the US are ready for warm weather. Our panel of advisors picked their favorite beaches for Travel’s Best Beach Awards 2014, and now, we — the staff at Travel Channel — give you the inside scoop on some our personal favorites. Get awe-inspiring beach ideas and check out our Editors’ Picks: Favorite Beaches slideshow.
Learn more about the secluded towns to go windsurfing in Goa, India; the best places to cool off after sunbathing on Bald Head Island, NC; and why nudists should head to Praia Mole in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
In addition to our favorite beach picks, make sure you check out recommendations for the Top 10 California Beach Getaways, Spain’s Best Beaches and Top 10 Mexican Beach Resorts for more travel ideas for your next beach getaway.
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Find shade under a beach canopy carved by Mother Nature herself. Sea-worn, red-rock archways welcome visitors to Legzira Beach in southwestern Morocco.
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Behold your best #TCBeachWeek photos in all their glory (well, minus the emojis). We asked you to submit your favorite beach photos on Instagram — and boy, were we impressed with the results.
It’s clear Travel Channel fans have searched the world over for the most beautiful beaches, check out the rest of our favorite beach photos. Warning: For those still in below-freezing temps, these pics will instill extreme wanderlust.
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Courtesy of Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
Scattered on a verdant hill which rises from a powdery beach, the resort’s beach bungalows, cottages and sleek rooms all impart a colonial motif.