Endless sun, warm waters, white sands. The world's best beaches have it all.
While nearly any sun-soaked stretch of sand sounds perfect just now, some beaches clearly take the sand and surf prerequisites to a higher level. Here are the world's best beaches of 2014, according to TripAdvisor users (whose comments are in quotes after each entry).
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Los Angeles is founded, Arkansas' governor calls out the National Guard to prevent the integration of a Little Rock school, swimmer Mark Spitz sets a new Olympic gold medal mark, and Google is founded, all on this day.
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