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Most Relaxing Beaches

Crowds, noise and proximity to things like amusement parks, casinos and airports can detract from a beach's zen ambiance. U.S. News considered these factors — in addition to reader feedback and insight from travel experts — to determine the most relaxing beaches the world has to offer. Please vote for your favorite place to unwind below.

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Why go: The British Virgin Islands host numerous remote beaches, or "bays." Standouts include Brewer's Bay and Long Bay on Tortola, and Mahoe Bay and Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda. But the truth is, just about any BVI stretch of sand will bolster the "get-away-from-it-all" mentality. Read More»

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Why go: Kauai boasts quite a few opportunities to enjoy a quiet day at the beach. You can pack a picnic lunch and head to Hanakapi'ai Beach, or you can catch the sunset along Lumahai. For swimming and sunbathing, it's hard to compete with the calm summertime waves of Hanalei Bay. Read More»

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Why go: The Big Island is less crowded than other Hawaiian islands. For ideal shorelines, you have your pick of Hapuna Beach (one of the best and only white-sand spots here) and Kiholo Beach, which has wildlife and scenery to admire. Read More»

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Why go: "Relaxing" doesn't even begin to describe the Fijian sands; "unreal" and "to-die-for" are much more accurate terms. From many of Fiji's beaches, you'll behold lush green terrain in one direction and crystal blue water in another. Read More»

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Why go: Anguilla offers seclusion to the extreme, best experienced on its sandy edges. Shoal Bay East is one of the most famous beaches on the island, but head to Barnes Bay or Rendezvous Bay in the southwest for a more remote day on the shore. Read More»

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Why go: If you're seeking relaxation on the Greek island of Corfu, your best bet probably lies on the beaches in the remote — but accessible — south. However, popular spots like Glyfada Beach have plenty of sand on which you can stake your claim. Read More»

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Why go: Naples beaches back up to high-rise hotels and condominiums, but that doesn't take away from their serenity. You'll find more peace and quiet if you visit in the off-peak season, during the late spring or summer. Read More»

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Why go: On Lanai, you're bound to adopt Hawaii's laissez-faire lifestyle. This is made much easier by the two resorts (both Four Seasons properties) and the numerous isolated beaches. While Hulopoe Bay is certainly impressive, Polihua and Shipwreck beaches offer more seclusion. Read More»

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Why go: With calypso music or the simple rustle of palm leaves echoing in the background, the beaches of Barbados serenade visitors with their own tunes. We suggest you start your search for the perfect shore at Foul Bay. Read More»

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Why go: Some spots of North Carolina's Outer Banks are not meant for R&R seekers, but other areas are ideal for just that. Use the quiet time to cast a rod, read a novel or walk the shoreline to view abandoned shipwrecks. Read More»

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Why go: Bali's shorelines feature soft sands and cerulean waves, but the secret to the serenity may lie in the local culture. Several ancient temples preside over the coastline and create awe-inspiring silhouettes at dusk. Speaking of sunsets, Bali's are breathtaking. Read More»

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