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We live in paradise, but did you know the color of blue in the Atlantic far differs from the
powder-blue of the Indian Ocean, or the impressive cobalt of the Pacific. Herewith: A roundup
of the best beaches I experienced in 2017.
T E X T & I M AG E S B Y F R A N C E S C A C R U Z
Hawaii’s second-largest island, Maui, is home to some of the world’s most
beautiful beaches. This is the place where adventure and nature are one. Oneuli
means “dark sands” and it aptly describes this beach. Located in Makena, the
southern portion of Maui, it’s a less-trafficked stretch. Also a favorite spot
for green sea turtle sightings — don’t be surprised if you see them swimming
This is one destination that when brought up in conversation seems to make it
on everyone’s bucket list. No introduction is needed for The Maldives. Yes, this
cluster of islands in the Indian Ocean is as beautiful as every Instagram image
or Pinterest picture you’ve ever seen of it. Retired from the world, unspoiled,
luxurious and marvelous — the water truly is powder-blue and there’s nothing
quite like it. A swim here will last a lifetime.
Another archipelago, but this one only a 3-hour flight away, nestled between
Panama and Costa Rica is Bocas Del Toro. One of the islands that make up
Bocas is a tiny uninhabited speck named Zapatilla Island. You can ferry over
for the day and enjoy white sands, crystalline waters and the sound of waves
stroking the shore. The sunsets here alone are worth a visit.