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Looking to escape the crowds of the normal tourists traps and find some peace and serenity? Remote beach getaways offer a relaxing diversion from the modern world. The tropical sun will melt away the stresses of your ordinarily hectic existence. Leave the laptop at home, turn off your iPhone and let the fantasy begin as your toes sink into the sand.

This laid back pueblo village in Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico, can be reached by boat from Puerto Vallarta. There are no cars and modern conveniences are limited. The beach beckons; all you need are flip flops, shades and a cool drink.


Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island, off the coast of Nicaragua, are known for jungle adventures and cheap lobster. The high end amenities? Hot water and electricity! Tree house and beach front bungalows are among your choices for accommodations. Horse back riding, snorkeling, hiking and fishing will fill your days with fun.

The Western Samoa and American Samoa Islands provide stunning beaches, secluded bays, tropical rainforests and volcanic peaks to explore by day and breathtaking sunsets for romantic nights. This is the perfect destination for surfing enthusiasts and beachcombers.

Tucked away in the northernmost point of Tumon Bay, at the end of a dirt road, an incredible piece of relatively untouched Guam awaits on Gun Beach. The coral reefs are a snorkeler's dream. Bring a picnic and eat under the shade of a coconut tree.

Terengganu is home to the longest coastlines in Malaysia. The pure white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are perfect for those seeking tranquility and good time in the sun, sand and sea.

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The magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago of Northern Mozambique is a captivating chain of 32 coral islands. The area has never been developed and remains an unexplored tourist paradise. -- www.quirimbas-mozambique. com