Porto Belo, Brazil

This seaside resort in southern Brazil is popular with Brazilians, as well as other South Americans, for its numerous appealing beaches. The Praia Bombas and Praia Bombalinhas are the most popular, but word is that Mariscal may be less crowded and quieter. The town is set of a peninsula cradling an emerald-green bay, which gives the region its nickname of the Emerald Coast. Swimming, snorkeling and other water sports are the order of the day here. Just offshore is the mall Porto Belo island, which offers more of the same.