The sound of crashing waves, the feel of sand between your toes, the smell of the briny ocean air—a day at the beach is a feast for the senses. The global National Geographic Your Shot photography community shares images of amazing beaches around the world, including coastal stretches on far-flung islands and sunny scenes from more familiar retreats. We’ve picked 20 of the most compelling photos to inspire your next seaside vacation. (Need a book for the beach? Read on for our list of top page-turners.)
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