Now that you’re daydreaming of getting away to somewhere warm, we give you 10 times the beach inspiration with Travel’s Best Beach Awards. To kick off Beach Week, we sifted through the sexiest beaches and island vacations to narrow down the nominees in 10 categories, from Best Family Beach to Best Exotic Beach and everything in between. READ MORE
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Just off the north coast of Africa sits the second most populous of the Canary Islands.
There are few things we love more than a day at the beach — so we’re celebrating 7 days of sun, surf and sand on TravelChannel.com. Here are 3 ways you can get in on the action:
1) Visit TravelChannel.com and The Traveling Type blog through Sun. March 2 for exclusive beach programming, including The Wild Side of the US Virgin Islands with Kinga Phillips.
2) This year’s Best Beach Awards have been handpicked by our panel of advisors, now it’s your turn. Vote for Best Overall Beach … the winner will be revealed March 3.
3) Last, but not least: We want to see your favorite beach! Share your best beach photos with us on Instagram using hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured.
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Escape the polar vortex with a trip to paradise. Jetsetters from the world over land their private jets and dock their yachts at the French West Indies island of Saint Barthélemy for a respite from winter weather, and the best heeled hurry to the boutique Hotel Saint-Barths Isle de France for rest and relaxation.
Beach Week is coming! The snow and ice can’t melt fast enough for most of us — so starting Mon. 2/24 until Sun. 3/2, TravelChannel.com is celebrating the best in beaches. Stay tuned for our Best Beach Award winners, the hottest oceanfront resorts, exclusive video with beach babe, Marianela, and more.
Until then dip your toes in the sand (pun intended) and dig up your best beach photos. Share them with us on Instagram with hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured. We want to see your favorite beach!
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A beautiful accident of geology frames the deep blues of sea and sky on the coast of Gozo, the northernmost of the Maltese Islands.
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The World Cup is a momentous occasion that sets the stage for the world’s greatest soccer athletes. Thousands of people will travel to 12 cities in Brazil to see their favorite teams play an international sport that will bring people together from all around the globe. And there are several reasons why Fortaleza is the perfect city to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup games.
Fortaleza, the City of “Fortalezenses”
Fortaleza is known for its people, “Fortalezenses.” Although the city on its own is aesthetically beautiful, it’s the good-humored nature of its people that automatically make it a charming destination. Fortalezenses are known for being helpful, hospitable and caring hosts to tourists. They stay active by walking around in urban parks or by the seafront.
The History of the Fortress
In case you didn’t know, Fortaleza in Portuguese translates to “fortress.” In 1649, the Dutch settled and built Fort Schoonemborch. A few years later, in 1655, the Portuguese seized the fort and renamed it Nossa Senhora da Assunção, after the patron saint of the city, the Lady of the Assumption. Visitors can visit the beautiful fortress on Monte Marajaitiba for free. Today, the fortress is home to the Army Military Headquarters.
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It’s your chance to escape the polar vortex, artic blast and frigid cold winter weather. Heat things up and enter for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Miami. This amazing $10,000 prize package includes 6 days and 5 nights at the Four Seasons Miami or a similar hotel; a private windsurfing lesson; $1,500 spending money; and a half a day of deep sea fishing.
Shake off your winter chill and rejuvenate with a relaxing getaway. Explore Miami by taking a stroll down white-sandy South Beach; sample some must-try celebrity chef restaurants; or go on a self-guided art deco tour. Adventure awaits you in “The Magic City”.
And don’t forget you can still enter daily for your chance to win a $100,000 trip to Spain and Morocco!
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Water babies will want to splash about on the 15th floor, where a 300-foot infinity pool melds into Biscayne Bay.
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Attention photographers and sunset gawkers: This scenic 80-foot waterfall is calling.