Rio and São Paulo states’ top 10 budget beach hotels and B&Bs

The coast of the adjoining states Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is one of the finest in Brazil, dotted with small tropical islands, beautiful bays, wonderful golden sandy beaches, and backed by mountains covered with virgin Atlantic rain forest. Most of it is still unknown to international tourists, yet this is where residents of Rio and São Paulo (Brazil’s two largest cities, with a joint population of over 30 million) come to relax, party and feel that tropical paradise vibe. It’s not the cheapest part of Brazil, but these…

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Cuba sending Americans to the beach during Obama visit

Americans travelling to Cuba later this month are being moved out of Havana hotels to make room for President Barack Obama’s entourage and being sent tantalisingly close to a place U.S. law effectively forbids them from visiting: the beach. Obama will make his historic trip to the Communist-ruled Caribbean island on March 21-22 with hundreds of people in tow, crowning 15 months of warming relations after more than half a century of Cold War animosity. Cuba is already experiencing a tourism boom and March is traditionally its busiest month. The…

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‘My favourite beach in the world’ – readers’ tips

Take a punta on that … a ‘secluded slice of paradise’ in the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, Costa Rica. Photograph: Alamy Winning tip: Punta Uva, Costa Rica Just a winding road away from vibrant Caribbean-infused Puerto Viejo is theGandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, a haven for free-range iguanas, sedentary sloths, all manner of feathered, scaled and furry creatures – and a few lucky human visitors. Explosions of vegetation burst with beneficial botanical properties; the Refuge is a tropical garden of Eden. Follow a trail through the towering bamboo canes, skirt around zig-zagging trails…

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GoldenEye, Jamaica, to welcome new luxurious beach huts

March 2016 will see the vision of Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell, take one step further with the completion of 26 new beach huts on the luxurious Jamaican resort of GoldenEye. Designed by Jamaican architect Ann Hodges, the 26 freestanding one or two bedroom beach huts seamlessly merge outdoor and indoor living. The octagonal design and private veranda, oversized louvered windows and high ceilings, eradicate the need for air conditioning, providing the perfect spot for relaxing from the Jamaican heat. Custom-designed Jamaican furniture and African fabrics enhance the understated cool…

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