By Becky Mahan, Editor When one envisions “the beach,” images of white sand, waving palm trees and crystal clear azure waters probably come to mind, along with a sweet tropical drink (probably garnished with fruit), and maybe even a hot cabana boy. But beaches come in all shapes and sizes, my friends. Europe’s beaches are known more for their rocky shores, rent-a-cabanas, and even, gasp!, nude-friendly environments. Here are the best ones, according to Trip.com users: #1: Studland Beach and Nature Reserve – United Kingdom Photo: Studland Beach and Nature Reserve by: treehouse1977 flickr – Courtesy: Trip.com This nationally protected reserve is filled with miles of safe, golden beaches, sand dunes, cafes and equipment rentals for a fun family outing at the shore. You can also take the ferry across the water to Sandbanks to see the rich and famous — and their luxurious homes. Beautiful beach and coastline with a great beach café to stop and have a drink and a bite to eat. – Lisa C. #2:
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By Becky Mahan, Editor Sometimes, the most beautiful things aren’t well-known or obvious. These hidden lakes should get your wanderlust juices flowing — they aren’t all secret, but they’re tucked away like the planet’s best kept secrets should be: Reed Flute Lake (Guangxi, China) This is one of those places you have to see to believe. The natural limestone cave captures and refracts light beams (and reflections off the subterranean lake) to create a truly psychadelic effect that’s wildly popular with visitors. Lake Vyrnwy (Wales, UK) This lake is actually a reservoir in Powys, Wales, with the world’s first stone-built dam (from the 1880s.) Oh, and it’s home to a gorgeous castle tower that just might make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a Disney fairy tale. Lake Peyto (Banff National Park, Canada) This glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies is only accessible via a high-altitude highway and is formed inside a mountain valley. Lake Ashi (Hakone, Japan) With incredible views