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World's Best Secret Beaches

Where to avoid the people and the noise and find serenity

(Travel + Leisure) - Even for die-hard swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers, sometimes a day at the beach is anything but, thanks to way, way too many people. The good news is that there are still undiscovered beaches out there. Travel + Leisure went scouting for such secret beaches. Here are its best finds:
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Tour Boat Ditches US Tourist on Great Barrier Reef

Snorkeler saved by another boat in the area

(Newser) - An American snorkeler exploring Australia's Great Barrier Reef surfaced to find a less-than-ideal situation: The boat that had brought him there, had, well, left him there. "The adrenaline hit in and I had a moment of panic, which was the worst thing I could have done at that... More »

Aruba Calls Off Watery Search for Natalee's Remains

Photo is likely of coral, not skeleton: authorities

(Newser) - Aruban authorities have called off the underwater search for Natalee Holloway's body that was sparked when a Pennsylvania couple spotted what they believed to be a skeleton in photos they took while snorkeling off the island last year. A dive team spent two days scouring the waters favored by the... More »

What Tourists Can Do to Protect Coral Reefs

(Newser) - Snorkelers and scuba divers aren’t the worst threat to the embattled coral reefs of the world—climate change, commercial fishing, and pollution take top honors—but the casual tourist can lessen, and even mitigate, the damage he or she causes, Slate reports. Of course, snorkelers shouldn’t purposefully snap... More »

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