South America

South America
South America has a coastline along two oceans and the Caribbean Sea, so it’s no surprise that the continent is home to some amazing beaches. From the legendary beaches of Brazil to tiny islands and everything in between, South America’s beach scene has something for everybody.

Many South American nations border the Caribbean Sea, including Colombia and Venezuela. Smaller countries—Surinam, Guyana, and French Guiana—share a shoreline with the sparkling sea. All of these countries have beautiful beaches that rival the better-known Caribbean locales. You can expect to find white-sand beaches and resorts along the shore, just as you would in Jamaica or Aruba.

Not far from Caracas, Venezuela, the tiny islands of Los Roques Archipelago National Park are home to some truly spectacular beaches. These Caribbean beaches are part of the largest marine preserve in the Caribbean, which protect coral reefs, mangrove forests, and wide stretches of white sand. Underneath the water, brilliantly colored marine life is waiting to be discovered by snorkelers and scuba divers.

The South America beaches of Brazil are located along the Atlantic Ocean—in total, the country has more than 4,500 miles of coastline home to some truly spectacular beaches. Many of these beaches help make the coastal city of Rio de Janeiro one of the top seaside destinations in the world. Ipanema Beach, made famous by the bouncy song “The Girl from Ipanema” is packed with people enjoying the sun, watersports, and volleyball games. Copacabana Beach is the other major beach in this area.

Along the Pacific Coast, South America has some truly beautiful beaches as well—Ecuador, Peru, and Chile each boast a long coastline with many beaches along the way. As part of the Southern Hemisphere, the high season for beaches is December through April, providing a much-needed retreat from the winter-weary travelers from the US and Canada.

Lima, Peru, is home to several of these beaches. Lima’s Miraflores District, home to gardens and beaches, as well as great shopping and restaurants, all in view of the Pacific Ocean.

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