Latin American Holidays
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Latin American Beach Holidays
Most of the Latin American countries are famous for their palm fringed beaches with white sand and crystal clear water.

Latin America has some of the best beaches in the world. One of the top coastal destinations is Costa Rica, with its stunning array of palm-fringed Caribbean and Pacific beaches, but also on the various Caribbean islands and along the Caribbean cost you find some of the prettiest beaches in the world.

In South America, Brazil has a lot to offer when it comes to beach holidays. Florianopolis Island, about an hours flight south of Sao Paulo has over 42 breathtaking beaches, but the best known beaches are probably the Ipanema and Copacabana beaches in Rio de Janeiro.

Venezuela is uniquely blessed when it comes to beaches. There is almost every kind of beach to choose from: small palm-fringed bays, long sweeps of soft sand, and Los Roques - Caribbean's only coral archipelago. Margarita Island is Venezuela's tourist island.

The Atlantic coast is also full of holiday resorts where foreigners and Argentines, especially the people from Buenos Aires, like to spend the summer. Forest, sand dunes, fishing places, beaches, casinos, and nightlife are the principal attractions of well-known places such as San Clemente del Tuyu, Santa Teresita, San Bernardo, Pinamar, Carilo, Villa Gesell, Miramar, Necochea and Mar del Plata. In Chile, Valparaiso, and particularly Vina del Mar, is the most important tourist area in the country and one of the most attractive of its kind in South America.

In Central America, Costa Ricas coast of the Pacific Ocean is characterized by many headlands and peninsulas, gulfs, bays and white sand beaches, while the coast of the Caribbean Sea is low and straight. On the Pacific coast the oldest and most developed tourist destination is Jaco Beach. This broad, volcanic gray beach has great waves for bodysurfing. In El Salvador, travelers are never far from the country's Pacific beaches. And what beaches they are, the wave breaks are perfect for surfers, and the sands are rarely crowded. The favorite beaches for surfers are La Libertad, Las Flores and Playa Herradura. The beaches of Costa del Sol and San Juan del Gozo are better for non-surfers, boasting soft white sand and calmer waters.

In Honduras, the Bay Islands or Islas de la Bahia (Roatan, Utila, Guanaja) and the Hog Islands are natural paradises in the Caribbean Sea. Panamas beaches on the Caribbean and Pacific coast are a dream, with fine sand; but for scuba divers and snorkelers the Belize Barrier Reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, offers some unique opportunities.

The Caribbean is known for its gorgeous weather, friendly people, beautiful beaches and lively activities. The typical island landscape in the Caribbean is dotted with mountains covered with coconut trees, gorgeous white sandy beaches, charming little cities adorned with pre-colonial architecture and clear, azure seas making this region the world's best for scuba diving. Many destinations are quite exclusive and expensive, like the island of Saint Barthlemy, also called Saint Barth, in Guadeloupe, but if you want cheaper options, try Cuba with more than 300 natural beaches of fine white sand and turquoise waters, or the Dominican Republic with kilometers of beautiful beaches and many all-inclusive hotels and resorts which are considered inexpensive.

In Mexico , the Yucatn peninsula is today the most popular tourist destination, and also the place where you will find most of the holiday resorts. The most popular tourist destinations on the peninsula are Cancn, officially opened in 1974, Playa del Carmen (65 km. south of Cancn), and just south of Cancn, the Riviera Maya is taking shape as Mexico's newest vacation spot. On the Pacific coast, Acapulco is famous for its beaches, romantic sunsets, and glamorous nightlife that attracted Hollywood's hottest celebrities in the 1950s are still very much part of Acapulco today.

The Atlantic Coast of Florida has some very nice beaches with moderately good surf. Most of the beaches, especially those near Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona and Jacksonville, tend to be commercialized for tourism. The Gulf Coast of Florida is very different from the Atlantic Coast. The beaches on the Gulf of Mexico tend to be shallower, with less surf and with warmer waters. They are great for families with small children.

The coastline of California extends from the soft, sandy, tropical beaches of San Diego, near the Mexican border, to the rugged northern coasts near Oregon. The southern parts of California attract many tourists to its palm shaded beaches. As you go further north, the coastline becomes more scenic.

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