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Beautiful Beaches to Visit in 2014

Beautiful Beaches to Visit in 2014: Taipu de Fora, Bahia, Brazil

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Taipu de Fora, Bahia, Brazil

Presenting an antidote to this year's World Cup craziness: Taipu de Fora, a near-five-mile beauty with golden sands and swaying coconut palms on the Maraú peninsula. Natural swimming pools form among the coral reefs at low tide and teem with colorful sea life—making this a snorkeler’s paradise. Back on land, you’ll want to check in to the rustic-chic Butterfly House, a recently opened eight-villa eco-resort topped with a traditional thatch roof. It’s well positioned, with the beach on one side and Camamu Bay, Brazil’s third largest lake, on the other. butterflyhousebahia.com

Best time to go: September through mid-May

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