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Must see locations, events and places to travel and enjoy in Asia.

The Southshore Beaches – Bermuda (British Overseas Territory)

Pink Sand and Turquoise Waters

This time the tourist literature doesn’t exaggerate: The sand of Bermuda’s beaches – especially in the late-afternoon sun – really is rosy pink, the result of granules of crushed coral washed ashore from the island’s band of protective reefs.

Though it’s known as an island, Bermuda is actually a fishhook ­shaped archipelago made up of seven major islands and about 143 smaller ones, intercon­nected by bridges and causeways. That’s a lot of blushing pink coastline.

Of the world’s resort islands, Bermuda enjoys the highest rate of return visitors, many of whom come back, at least in part, to bask on the dozens of small, hidden beaches they didn’t have time for on their last trip. Typically, southshore beaches are more scenic than those on the north side.

Postcard-per­fect Horseshoe Bay is one of the most popular and the most photographed— which means lots of cooler-toting families and teenage beach-blanket parties. Lovely as it is, on weekends you’re better off going to nearby Elbow Beach. For utter serenity from sunrise to sunset, search out Warwick Long Bay—lengthy, soft, and truly pink. Really.

Bora Bora – French Polynesia, France, Pacific

bora bora view from ocean to island

Bora Bora View From Ocean to Island

The Pinnacle of Luxury

Welcome to French Polynesia, and one of the Pacific’s most desirable destinations- or even, as the island’s website proclaims with typical Gallic understatement, ‘the most beautiful island in the world’. Even if that’s going a bit far, this is certainly a romantic faraway place that attracts lots of people, and to be sure everyone gets the point there’s plenty of the grass-skirt dancing that has become a Polynesian trademark.

Bora Bora is in the Leeward Islands, 230 km (140 mi) northwest of Tahiti, and now depends on visitors for its economic wellbeing.

The only other commercial activities are fishing and harvesting coconuts, so the advent of tourism has given the island a huge fillip. The locals speak French and Tahitian, but most have a good grasp of English.

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