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.
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
“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.
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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It’s Beach Week and therefore it begs the question: What’s your perfect beach destination? Do you require romantic sunsets or raging parties? Unspoiled sands or the best surf?
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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.
Beach Week 2014:
As the snow falls (once again) on parts of the Northeast, we’re daydreaming about sunshine, sand, bikinis, paddleboards, windsurfing and, well … you get the point.
But why should we tell you about these sandy slices of paradise, when we can let the lovely ladies of TravelChannel.com show you. Close your weather app, look away from the windows and let Marianela and Kinga transport you to some of our favorite beaches.
Explore the US Virgin Islands with adventurer and host of The Wild Side, Kinga Philipps:
Can’t get enough of our beautiful beaches? Check out this year’s winners for Travel’s Best Beach Awards, and then watch as Marianela visits the California and Florida coasts in search of some of the best sunny spots.