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Updated on July 19, 2018
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Enjoying a Tropical Beach Anytime, Anywhere

Most of us live with the harsh reality that the sand and surf of a beach is many miles away. We realize that vacations are also few and far between, making a tropical island getaway something that's off in the future.

Luckily, tropical beach pictures are easy to come by and can go a long way toward adjusting our attitude and getting us through until our next chance to escape. On this page, I'll share some beach scenes that you should enjoy. I've tried to include some information as to the location of these photographs...just in case you decide you absolutely must go!


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While a hot day can mean fun in the sun, the time of sunrise is something you don't want to miss. This beautiful shot was taken in Florida, USA in December. For anyone stranded in the cold, ice, and snow, this calm ocean and glowing sky could warm their souls.

Florida is the southernmost state in the US, with more coastline than any other state. It has coasts on the Gulf of Mexico on its western border and on the Atlantic along its eastern edge and includes a number of barrier islands. It is the flattest and has the lowest overall elevation in the US.

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This tropical beach picture was taken in the Republic of Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

A visit to this location should assure a warm temperature any time of year (upper 70-80's as an average). However, if you plan a visit be sure to check the rainfall, as some seasons present much more precipitation than others. January, February, and March are typically the driest.

The Maldives is actually a series of 1,192 islands and is the lowest and most dispersed country in the world.

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The view from above shows the lush green growth surrounding the tranquil waters off of Railay Beach in Thailand. It's high limestone cliffs cut it off from the mainland forcing visitors to arrive by sea. A little inconvenient perhaps, but certainly part of the draw as well.

Visitors to this area can also enjoy rock climbing.

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Relaxing in a chair, feet buried in warm, snow white sand, a palm tree swaying above, and gazing out at clear, turquoise blue waters; that is part of the tropical experience we all dream about.

This sandy beach is believed to be in Antigua in the West Indies. This small island nation has a total population of just over 80,000 and has tourism as its main economic driver.

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It's easy to imagine a romantic stroll along the beach at sunset. The world is slower, quieter, calmer, softer...

This photo takes us back to Florida, USA on Anna Maria Island at the southern on Coquina Beach specifically. This beach is not as built up as many in the Sunshine State (Florida) and there is a lot of wildlife who share the area with tourists. Many of Florida's beaches, mostly in the northern and central portions of the state, would be classified subtropical rather than tropical.

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With the tiniest of white-capped waves on the bluest waters, the line between sea and sky can be hard to discern. This beach appears to be in the Caribbean but its exact location is unknown. Regardless, on any gloomy day, it's the stuff we dream about.

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So beautiful it doesn't appear to be real, this is a view from an Indian Cave on Turks and Caicos. Looking out into the Atlantic Ocean, viewers discover a small uninhabited island. Surely the type of destination any tropical visitor would want to find.

The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 separate islands lying north of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. With plenty of coral, scuba diving is a favorite activity for tourists.

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Any respectable tropical beach needs palm trees. These palms are on the beach in Tulum, Mexico. It's on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Visitors can also see the nearby pre-Columbian Mayan walled city ruins among its rocky cliffs while they are there.

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This tropical beach picture is set in Bora Bora in the South Pacific in French Polynesia. Aside from the beautiful, pristine surroundings, visitors can also scuba dive and explore the surrounding coral reef.

Bora Bora is a truly tiny island of just under 12 square miles and a population of approximately 10,000-11,000 people.

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The Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean (USA) have a number of beautiful beaches. This one is believed to be on Kauai. There are many spectacular views of the canyon, tropical forests, and the ocean on this beautiful island. This photograph is just a simple look at the surf which can calm anyone who has enjoyed the continuous loop of waves rolling in on the beach.

Visitors can enjoy not only beautiful beaches but great adventures in this rugged tropical landscape, hiking, visiting waterfalls, steep cliffs, and lush vistas or perhaps enjoying a whale watching tour.

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While the location of this lovely beach is not known for certain, it is the kind of place many of us long for during the depths of winter. Quiet, secluded, and peaceful. A spot to warm ourselves, to swim, and to just take in all that is around us.

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The location isn't specified by the photographer, but it seems we are In the Maldives once again. This picturesque beach is the stuff of tropical dreams.

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You can imagine another stroll on a less populated beach just before sunset. This picture is taken in Seychelles at Anse Severe on La Digue Island off the eastern coast of Africa.

There are 115 islands in the chain and visitors can see not only beaches but coral reef, rainforests, and a number of rare animals such as certain species of frogs, birds, and tortoises.

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This vivid tropical scene can be found on Saona Island which is just off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. It is a protected island with no major development making it the perfect spot for those who want to get away from it all. It also provides a great opportunity for snorkeling.

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This photo provides an elevated view of a beach in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico. It looks out at the Pacific Ocean. It is a resort area with plenty of things to do beyond enjoying the beautiful beaches. Swimming with dolphins, diving from the granite rocks, fishing, golfing and more attract tourists regularly.

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Here is a stunning sunset. Sometimes the best time on the beach is when the light is dying, the water is calm, and there is less activity. The tropical location of this photograph is unknown.

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Here is a view for those who snorkel. Emerging from just below the surface of the water you are greeted with a view of the swaying palms. This photo was captured somewhere in French Polynesia.

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Pristine is the word that comes to mind with this view. The tropical beach in this image appears to be somewhere in Khao Lak, Thailand. The area, in general, is not overly developed or crowded so it seems an ideal place for vacationing for relaxation.


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Both the photographer and the location of this scene is unknown. However, this tropical beach has all of the necessary elements for a wonderful daydream or a much-needed vacation.

© 2009 Ruth Coffee

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      Doc_Holliday 

      5 years ago

      Loved the pictures. I have just completed a short course on mastering DSLR so am into photography at the moment.

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      OUTFOXprevention1 

      5 years ago

      Some of the best beach pics I've seen!! El Nito, Philippines (Palowan) was absolutely amazing!!

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      SportsPHAN 

      5 years ago

      This post makes me wish I was at a Massachusetts Beach and not at work! I've never been to any of the tropical beaches that you feature, but your lens made me want to try one. I've been dying to go to the Bahamas.

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      cargoliftken 

      5 years ago

      Awesome pictures. Breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing this very inspiring lens.

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      momsANDkids 

      5 years ago

      Wow! Fantastic photos. It makes me feel like I could smell beach breeze and feel the humid air.

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      Aunt-Mollie 

      5 years ago

      Gorgeous pictures! They definitely put me in the mood to relax.

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      Short_n_Sweet 

      5 years ago

      I love lazying on the beach with my boyfriend!! Nice photos

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      edthecameraguy 

      5 years ago

      Nice pictures

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      siobhanryan 

      5 years ago

      Blessed awesome

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      tamjo5 

      5 years ago

      Beautiful quiet beaches. Christmas there some day would be nice.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      nature's nature!! THE BEST !

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      jmchaconne 

      6 years ago

      The images are fabulous, thank you.

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      crstnblue 

      6 years ago

      Great lens & wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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      KayeSI 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for a lovely visit. I love the beach and the tropics and it was a sweet holiday treat.

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      CouponsilverAds 

      6 years ago

      Gave you a Big Like Thanks for your hard work on this lens, it's very nice and informative. I do have one lens talking about Mauritian Island as am a native there. Feel free to look

      http://www.squidoo.com/mauritius-vacations2

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      Rockerfella 

      6 years ago

      So peaceful. Nothing like palm tress and sunsets to soothe the soul.

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      MatijaB LM 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful photos .... let's go on vacation:).

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Lovely pictures!

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      vascodagama 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful pictures!! If you want to see more of the Seychelles, please visit www.seychellesconnect.com/media_gallery/

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      chocsie 

      6 years ago

      These are all simply STUNNING, especially the blue and orange picture of the sunset by an unknown photographer. I would love to visit all of these places some day. Great job!

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      vinodkpillai lm 

      6 years ago

      Breathtakingly beautiful pics! Thanks for putting it together!

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      gatornic15 

      6 years ago

      What a great collection of beach pictures! Blessed

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      stillrunnin88 

      6 years ago

      WOW! I am so ready to go to the beach.

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      Chocolatealchemy 

      6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Great Lens - thanks for the gorgeous pics - how I wish I was there!

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      seanpro 

      6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Gregory Froines 

      6 years ago

      I have been to the Maldives twice and I think it is the most beautiful place on earth..:)

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      Steve Dizmon 

      6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Great Photos. Wish I was there, any there pictured above.

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      I love these tropical beach pictures because it makes me want to go traveling to the Caribbean.

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      Zlatniratbeach 

      6 years ago

      amazing lens!

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      ria 

      6 years ago

      seriously, the travel industry owes u big time. i need the beach

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      Lifezabeach 

      6 years ago

      I just had a mini vacation looking at the pictures Thanks!

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      biminibahamas 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful Pix!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      GORGEOUS! Need to book a vacation... asap!

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      vincente lm 

      6 years ago

      PARADISE!

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm moving to the beach next week! Yay! :)

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      kimmanleyort 

      6 years ago

      I just came back from the beach and I miss it already. It is amazing how good beach pictures can transport you right to the scene. Beautiful selections. Blessed.

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      Blackspaniel1 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      sukkran trichy 

      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      cococay is my fav beach. thanks for a beautiful photo collection.

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      bulgarianexcursions 

      6 years ago

      @bulgarianexcursions: It is the cheapest destination for a summer holiday in EU. For hints: www.bulgarianexcursions.com

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      bulgarianexcursions 

      6 years ago

      These beaches look really fantastic but for us the Europeans they are a bit far and such a trip would be quite expensive. That is why these destinations are known mostly for attracting quite rich people. For a cheap summer holiday I would recommend Bulgaria - a good value for the money.

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      knowaboutcuba 

      6 years ago

      Such amazing pictures!

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      knowaboutcuba 

      6 years ago

      Such amazing pictures!

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      TheLastResort LM 

      6 years ago

      I especially like the crystal clear, light blue waters seen in the Maldives and Mexico pictures. My only concern is, are these locations truly natural, or are they beaches right next to a hotel chain - I can dream that it's the first option.

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      BestAllInclusiveResorts 

      6 years ago

      one of the best collections of beach photos I've seen :) gives me some vacation ideas :)

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      BestAllInclusiveResorts 

      6 years ago

      one of the best collections of beach photos I've seen :) gives me some vacation ideas :)

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      Lindrus 

      6 years ago

      What awesome pictures to enjoy now these dark winter months! It makes me long for Thailand again...

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      daninfiji 

      6 years ago

      We lived in Fiji and unfortunately the areas that are not beautiful far outweigh the areas that are as beautiful as you picture. It's a bit sad really...

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      CreativeArtDesigns 

      6 years ago

      This lens makes me want to go on vacation!

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      Jim Sterling 

      6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Great shots.

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      wqe124433 

      6 years ago

      :This is a beautiful selection of landscape wall murals. It would be difficult to choose just one favourite!beach wall murals

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      Teri Hansen 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful shots, makes me wish I were there.

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      agunghakase 

      7 years ago

      Beach always nice to see.. :)

      Why not check antoher beach picture reference here..

      http://www.squidoo.com/most-beautiful-sights-on-th...

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      wiggy033 

      7 years ago

      fantastastic pics can i ask where you got them from?

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      franstan lm 

      7 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      This is absolutely luscious with the video ocean sounds playing while going through the pictures. Talk about "take me away" moments!

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      Mary Crowther 

      7 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love the water! Beautiful pics!

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      wayne_luvinlife 

      7 years ago

      wow! great pics! I'm ready to take that vacation now!

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      msbaby 

      7 years ago

      Ok..that's it. Contacting my travel agent right now.

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      natnickeep lm 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful Pictures.

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      NYThroughTheLens 

      7 years ago

      Love this lens.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      These places are so beautiful, I'm hoping to go to one of them someday.

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      canonpowershotprice 

      7 years ago

      Just splendid pictures

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      Krafick 

      7 years ago

      I'm from Mauritius. Beautiful beaches, yes, but I was very unfortunate to have been born on a small island.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      pictures are wonderful!

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      passionatehouse 

      7 years ago

      Love the beach - especially ones with clear water like these!

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      LouisaDembul 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! Makes me remember many good holidays!

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      Rob Hemphill 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      So beautiful, just makes me want to get away. I remember beaches like this on the Kenya coast many years ago as a boy.

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      CruiseReady 

      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      Such wonderful [laces, such beautiful photos!

      Lensrolling this to my lens about CocoCay, which has one of my favorit beaches.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Wow, I want to be there right now and wake up at 10 am.

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      Philippians468 

      7 years ago

      gosh this puts me right in the mood for a lovely holiday! thank you for this delightful lens! cheers

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      FreebieChick 

      7 years ago

      Soooo beautiful! I can't imagine waking up to such a beautiful landscape everyday. A little heaven on earth.

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      annefe 

      7 years ago

      I love it in Cuba but I love Mauuritius more but it's not included in the list. It's so nice in there. When we were there, we enjoyed it very much. veranda paul and virginie mauritius give us a nice stay. It's all worth my time!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Such beautiful tropical beaches ... and I love hearing the ocean sounds while viewing the pictures! Aaaaaaaahhhh!

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      kraji lm 

      8 years ago

      Thailand beaches are nice. My favourite that I saw was seychelles, La Digue is great. Wish to visit Bora Bora some day too.

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      themauritiusexpert 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful photos! It's so refreshing to see all of those pictures. You can check out more about Mauritius. They've got scenic view to watch for. veranda grand baie

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      Tarra99 

      8 years ago

      I have a relaxation CD given to me by the cancer center and they say to imagine yourself on a beach...with the sand between your toes and with this lens and those pics I AM THERE! Love it!...thanks for popping into my fragile crackle finishing lens...I appreciate your comments :o)

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      oldbird 

      8 years ago

      Great lens... as a fellow beach lover, I can really appreciate not only these images... but also you feel about the best places to be! If you have a chance, drop by my website, Hawaiibeachcombers.com... it's a site about Hawaii beaches and the ocean recreational activities in the islands.

      Aloha from Hawaii!

      Old Bird

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      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      absolutely stunning lens! Reserve the hammock for me. 5*s and A+

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      Cherry-Ambition 

      8 years ago from U.S.

      Love, Love, LOVE your beach pics...

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      Elitepublishing 

      8 years ago

      I love your beach pics.. I was homesick so i created a similar page on SouthWest Florida..

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: When I open your site in your browser, Safari 4 in Mac OS X, some elements of the page and off to the side and the text is broken: ( Please help me How can I remove the problem?

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      I'd like to be on a beach right now! :-)

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      Cynthia Davis 

      9 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I needed that today. Your beautiful tropical beach pictures were a good reminder of why I need to work hard everyday. That hammock sure did look inviting! Absolutely lovely. Five stars.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      9 years ago

      I love the beach. The South Carolina coast is not tropical but it's close.

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      Zut Moon 

      9 years ago

      Hey ...You Cute Little Mutt ..that makes me want to go on vacation again. Ah, in fact I am in another month ..but I am heading towards Iceland. Don't imagine I will see sandy beaches and palm trees there LOL

      Those photos are outstanding and one can just about feel the nice tropical breeze and warm sun. Well done Pooch

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      Natalie W Schorr 

      9 years ago

      A very beautiful lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      It's funny but it is almost summer here but these tropical pictures are still appealing! Nicely done; lensrolled to my Magnum's Hawaiian Shirt lens.

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      irenemaria 

      9 years ago from Sweden

      On my lens about Fuerteventura, Canary islands, I posted a youtube video of a big wave. I have seen them in real life!!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Oh yes - it looks a little like where I lived in Fuerteventura, the Canary islands. I even made a lens about it. Will lensroll this to mine! Thank you!

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      jaye3000 

      9 years ago

      I love you so much for this! lol Much needed, and great job!

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