Find Your Best Beachfront Escape in the Caribbean Islands

2023-10-09 00:30:09 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Looking for the ultimate beachfront escape? Look no further! We have rounded up the best beach destinations across the Caribbean and beyond, ensuring that you'll find the perfect spot for your next dream vacation. Whether you crave a secluded romance, a birdwatcher's paradise, or a culturally enriching experience, we have it all covered. Get ready to dive into turquoise waters, sink your toes into sugar-white sands, and immerse yourself in the beauty of these breathtaking beach destinations. So, grab your sunscreen and join us on this journey to the best beachfront escapes around the world!

Unforgettable Beach Escapes in the Caribbean Islands

The Caribbean islands are the epitome of dream beach holidays, with their warm waters, sandy shores, and abundance of palm trees. Each island has its own unique paradise to offer, but we have a few personal favorites:

Best for a Secluded Romance: Petit St Vincent

Located approximately 596 miles off the coast of Venezuela, St Vincent and Grenadines consists of 32 islands, including privately-owned gems like Mustique and Petit St Vincent, which provide complete seclusion to their guests.

Mustique, a long-standing hotspot for the rich and famous, boasts nearly 100 villas spread across 1,400 acres, providing couples with the perfect escape for a romantic holiday away from the world. It's entirely possible to spend days without encountering another traveler here, if that's what you desire.

On the other hand, Petit St Vincent is much smaller (just 115 acres) and offers fewer villas. This island purposely lacks TVs and phones, with limited Wi-Fi coverage. However, the resort compensates for this by providing impeccable service through their signature flag system. Guests can hoist a yellow flag outside their cottages to request room service, transportation, or other special requests, and fly a red flag to indicate that they wish to be undisturbed.

Best for Birdwatchers: Dominica

For avid birdwatchers, Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a favorite haven. This island is home to the indigenous Sisserou parrot, also known as the Imperial Amazon parrot, which inhabits the slopes of Morne Diablotin National Park and Morne Trois Pitons National Park. While shy, this bird is undeniably beautiful. Migratory birds can also be spotted from September to November and from February to March.

Dominica, known as "The Nature Island," is covered in misty rainforests and fertile slopes, and boasts a diverse range of flora, including orchids and ferns. Keep an eye out for the Bwa Kwaib, the national flower of Dominica, which is particularly known for its vibrant red blossoms.

Best for the Culturally Curious: St Kitts and Nevis

If you're looking for more than just a beach to keep you entertained, St Kitts and Nevis offers a wonderful blend of culture and relaxation. The Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the island of St Kitts, sits atop a 800-foot hill and offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean waters. You can continue your sightseeing by boarding the narrow-gauge St Kitts Scenic Railway, which winds along the northwestern coastline. During the journey, the conductor will point out historical sites such as Old Road Town, where Samuel Jefferson, the great-great-grandfather of American President Thomas Jefferson, was laid to rest.

The capital city of St Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre, is bustling with vibrant markets and cricket matches. A visit to the small National Museum, not far from the cruise terminal, is also highly recommended.

Best for a Relaxing Getaway: Anguilla

Situated approximately 104 miles east of the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla boasts some of the finest beaches and crystal-clear waters in the Caribbean. Spend your days basking on pristine white-sand beaches and enjoying refreshing dips in the turquoise waters. When you're ready for a break, head to one of the beach bars for a delectable Anguillan lobster lunch and a refreshing rum punch. This low-lying island offers the ultimate retreat for an exclusive and indulgent beach escape.

Even the island's popular beach, Shoal Bay East, remains peaceful and never overcrowded. Visitors here exude a laid-back yet sophisticated vibe. In Crocus Bay, you can savor a romantic meal at the da'Vida restaurant before renting a kayak to explore Little Bay, a stunning spot perfect for snorkeling.

With ample sunshine for sunbathing on the beach and picturesque sunset sailing on calm waters, it's easy to see why Anguilla provides luxurious relaxation that can make you forget all your worries.


Spanning 35 square miles, Anguilla offers a choice of 33 beaches, ensuring you're never far from a relaxing spot to dip your toes in the Caribbean Sea. The trade winds here serve two purposes: providing natural air conditioning and wafting the enticing aromas of grilled lobster and crayfish prepared at the island's many roadside barbecue stands. Shoal Bay East, with its powdery white sand, is particularly popular and even attracts day trippers from neighboring St. Martin thanks to its string of rum-punch-slinging bars.

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Beach Escape | Ocean Front, Pool, Steps to Beach!

Experience the beauty of Beach Escape, a stunning three-story beachfront house that has been completely renovated. Offering luxurious living and breathtaking beach views, this spacious retreat can accommodate up to 13 guests in its six bedrooms and six bathrooms. Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of the beach as seabirds gracefully soar above and the soothing sound of the waves lull you to sleep.

When you're not enjoying the beach, take a dip in the private heated and cooled pool, or relax on one of the two expansive balconies that offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The balconies are furnished with comfortable seating, perfect for lounging in the coastal breeze, reading a book, or enjoying a sunset cocktail. Outdoor amenities also include patio dining and a Weber gas grill, as well as an outdoor shower for rinsing off after a day at the beach.

Inside the house, you'll find three levels of elegant nautical-inspired luxury. The lower level features a laid-back living room with a dry bar, a spacious sectional sofa, and an 86" Smart TV. This level also includes a fully remodeled bedroom and a full bathroom.

On the main level, you'll find an open floor plan with abundant natural light. The living room is furnished with a large sectional, perfect for gathering with family and friends. Watch your favorite movies on the 65" Smart TV or take advantage of the free Wi-Fi for streaming music or playing games. The sleek kitchen is equipped with state-of-the-art stainless-steel appliances, cookware, and utensils, making it easy to prepare meals. The kitchen island doubles as a prep space and a casual dining area with four barstools. The adjacent dining area features a custom-made 13-foot dining table that comfortably seats 14.

Upstairs, you'll discover four more bedrooms, each with private ensuite bathrooms. Three of these bedrooms are oceanfront and have French doors that open onto the balcony. The primary bedroom is especially luxurious, featuring a king-size bed, a cozy seating area with a 70" Smart TV, and a walk-in closet. The ensuite primary bathroom offers dual sinks, a clawfoot bathtub, and a walk-in shower.

For your convenience, the house is equipped with a full-size washer and dryer in the laundry room. Additionally, there are ceiling fans and large flat-screen TVs in all bedrooms (except the bunk room), and plenty of fresh towels in the bathrooms.

With the beach just steps away, you'll have easy access to beachfront dining, nature, and the cultural attractions of downtown St. Augustine. Don't miss the opportunity to book your stay at Beach Escape and enjoy jaw-dropping sunrise and sunset views. Optional pool heating is available for an additional fee of .00 per day.

Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

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Escape to Hotel Esencia, a unique and luxurious resort located in the stunning Riviera Maya, Mexico. Tucked away down a dirt road and surrounded by lush jungle, this 43-room barefoot-luxury retreat was once the estate of an Italian duchess. The spacious rooms and suites are scattered throughout the jungle in small whitewashed cottages, offering a tranquil and intimate setting. Each accommodation features floor-to-ceiling doors that open onto a private terrace, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area. The bathrooms are equally impressive, with some including outdoor showers and private plunge pools. Families can opt for the three-bedroom villa or one of the two two-bedroom cottages, which offer additional space and a full-size pool. Book your stay at Hotel Esencia today and experience the ultimate in luxury and relaxation.

Rosewood Mayakobá, Riviera Maya

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Indulge in a luxurious getaway at Rosewood Mayakobá, an exquisite resort located within a gated community in the Riviera Maya. Set amidst a stunning natural landscape, this resort embraces the theme of water, with its restaurants, pools, and reception areas centered around a serene lagoon. The 128 suites are situated along a network of canals, surrounded by mangroves. These generously sized freestanding villas are crafted with indigenous materials, including limestone and native woods, blending seamlessly with the natural environment. All suites at Rosewood Mayakobá feature private plunge pools and rooftop patios or private gardens. For the best views, choose a room closest to the beach and prepare to be amazed by the expansive property. Immerse yourself in the beauty and luxury of Rosewood Mayakobá by booking your stay today.

Rosewood Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Los Cabos

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Prepare for an unforgettable experience at Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a renowned and romantic resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Known as "the windows to paradise," this chic and sleek Rosewood resort offers 71 luxurious guest suites. The suites are housed in three-story buildings adorned with pink bougainvillea and offer breathtaking views of the surroundings. Each suite is incredibly spacious, with the smallest measuring 960 square feet. Some suites feature outdoor showers, private plunge pools, rooftop patios, and al fresco Jacuzzis. The attention to detail is impeccable, with handcrafted Mexican accents throughout the property. For the ultimate luxury experience, choose one of the thirteen luxury villas, which boast infinity pools and expansive outdoor spaces. The most recent addition, the Ty Warner Mansion, is an extravagant beachfront retreat spanning over 28,000 square feet and featuring a 328-foot-long infinity pool. Prepare to be enchanted by the beauty and luxury of Las Ventanas al Paraíso.

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One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos

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Immerse yourself in luxury at One&Only Palmilla, an extraordinary resort located in Los Cabos, Mexico. This resort is known for its access to one of the few swimmable beaches in Cabo, offering pristine sands and crystal-clear waters. The adobe Mission-style buildings are set on 25 acres of lushly planted land and house 174 spacious and lavish guest suites. Each suite offers stunning views of the Sea of Cortez and is elegantly furnished with handmade furniture from Guadalajara. One&Only Palmilla strikes the perfect balance between a family-friendly atmosphere and a sophisticated adult playground. The property features a traditional Mexican hacienda, complete with a whitewashed chapel and bell tower dating back to 1956. Take advantage of the welcoming and attentive staff who will ensure your stay is unforgettable. Book your stay at One&Only Palmilla and experience the beauty and tranquility of this incredible resort.

Beach Vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Escape to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a memorable beach vacation. This destination is easily accessible from the Western US and offers flights from around the world. The Baja Peninsula is where the Pacific Ocean meets the Gulf of California, creating the perfect setting for a beach getaway. Los Cabos, comprising of the two Cabos—Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo—offers a variety of beautiful beaches for you to enjoy. One of the top luxury options in the area is the Quivira Los Cabos resorts, which include the Montecristo Villas at Quivira Los Cabos. These villas provide a spectacular experience and are perfect for a beach vacation. Play golf, relax by the pool, indulge in spa treatments, and savor gourmet meals. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is another excellent all-inclusive resort option, offering luxurious accommodations and attentive service. For the ultimate upscale experience, The Towers at Pacifica feature butler service and will elevate your beach vacation to new heights. Your Mexican beach vacation awaits at Pueblo Bonito and Quivira Los Cabos.

Coastline at Quivira Golf Club at sunset

Sit poolside at the Pueblo Bonito Montecristo Estates. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Godahl Beach. Courtesy Mandarin Oriental, Canouan

Experience pure luxury at Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This exquisite resort is part of the vast Canouan Estate and boasts a prime location on a quiet hillside overlooking the pristine Godahl Beach. The property features 33 suites and villas, each offering a contemporary and cutting-edge design infused with elegant European touches. Enjoy the sleek infinity pool and three-tier terrace, indulge in the white-sand beaches, dine at the resort's three restaurants, and explore the boutique and spa nestled into the cliffside. As a guest of the hotel, you'll also have access to all the amenities at Canouan Estate, including tennis courts, a Kids' Club, and a renowned golf course designed by Jim Fazio. Immerse yourself in the luxurious surroundings of Mandarin Oriental, Canouan by booking your stay today.

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Beach Vacation in Franklin County, Florida

Discover the stunning beaches of Franklin County, Florida, a serene and sparsely populated area on the panhandle. This coastal paradise is located about 80 miles southwest of Tallahassee and encompasses the charming enclaves of Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carrabelle, and Alligator Point on the Gulf of Mexico. Franklin County is renowned for its beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, and relaxed atmosphere. Indulge in world-famous oysters and explore quaint streets filled with shops. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of activities to enjoy, and those seeking relaxation can unwind on the wide-open beaches. Choose from a variety of lodging options, including charming B&Bs like the Coombs Inn. Plan your beach vacation in Franklin County, Florida, and experience the tranquility and natural beauty of this hidden gem.

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Franklin County, Florida offers 250 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

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Enjoy your stay in this spacious condo that features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and can accommodate up to eight guests. Rest and relax in comfort and style during your vacation.

Beach Vacation in Nevis, West Indies

Nevis, a Caribbean island paradise, is one of my all-time favorite beach escapes. Located just a 3-hour flight from Miami, with a short 7-minute boat ride from St. Kitts, it offers stunning white sandy beaches and a sense of tranquility and peace.

Beach VacationsRelax on the stunning beaches of Nisbet Plantation in Nevis. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Nevis is known for its friendly locals, and the 36-square-mile island is centered around Mount Nevis. If you're looking for a beach vacation, you can choose to stay at the historic Nisbet Plantation, a hotel situated on 30 acres in the Caribbean. Alternatively, you can opt for the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Nevis, offering beachfront rooms and villas.

Beach Vacation on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii

For a beach vacation on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, the ideal place to stay is the Sheraton Waikiki. My personal experience there was amazing—you can read more about it here—and the hotel provides easy access to the beautiful beach. The views from the guest rooms are simply unbeatable.

Beach vacationEnjoy the breathtaking view of Diamondhead from Sheraton Waikiki. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

The sunset on my first night there will forever hold a special place in my memory. The colors were incredibly vivid. After a delicious dinner at Kai, the hotel's restaurant, we took a romantic stroll along the beach under a moonlit sky.

Beach Vacation in Antibes, France

For the perfect beach vacation, heading to Antibes in the South of France is a dream come true. One of my most unforgettable experiences was a perfect lunch at Plage Keller in Antibes about 15 years ago. Whether you choose to enjoy the public beaches or find a private spot, spending an afternoon by the Mediterranean with a glass of French rosé is pure bliss.

Beach vacationPlage Keller offers a delightful beachfront dining experience in Antibes. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

In true European fashion, our lunch extended for several hours. We enjoyed watching yachts come and go while children played in the sand at the water's edge. Antibes truly offers an ideal beach vacation.

Beach Vacation in San Diego

No beach vacation in Southern California would be complete without a visit to San Diego. One of my favorite spots is Coronado Island, home to the historic and stunning Hotel Del Coronado.

Beach vacationCoronado Beach is a breathtaking destination for a beach vacation. Photo courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado

Another fantastic option is Paradise Point Resort & Spa, which offers excellent spa services and Adirondack chairs with beautiful views of the marina in the guest rooms.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Big Island, Hawaii

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The ultimate luxury resort on the Big Island of Hawaii is the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. This swanky complex is a destination in itself, offering spacious outdoor spaces and beautiful views. The resort's layout perfectly integrates with the lush grounds, which feature various pools and restored ponds. One highlight is King's Pond, a controlled environment where kids can snorkel and explore the diverse marine life. Don't miss the chance to experience the unique activities and immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture during your stay.

Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Big Island, Hawaii

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As you enter the Mauna Lani gates on the Big Island of Hawaii, you'll be greeted by a resort that perfectly blends with its natural surroundings. The newly renovated resort offers attractive interiors with a blend of Japanese minimalism and island vibes. There's plenty to do on the property, including a range of activities that are creative and cultural. From sunset catamaran sails to coconut frond-weaving and rock running, you'll have a truly immersive experience. Plus, don't miss the Hale I'ike Sense of Place and the Malama Honu Turtle Program to learn more about Hawaiian culture and support sea turtle conservation.

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Miami, Florida

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Situated on nine acres of Atlantic coastline, the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club offers a perfect blend of top-notch service and modern accommodations. With a rich history dating back to the 1930s, the hotel provides relaxation, exquisite culinary options, and lush surroundings. For a more secluded experience, opt for one of the five cabana studios with their own dedicated pool. Enjoy the luxurious amenities and take advantage of everything this hotel has to offer.

Beach Vacation in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach in California is the epitome of classic surf culture. To fully experience it, I highly recommend staying at the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel. The views from the hotel overlooking the Pacific Coast Highway and the beach are absolutely breathtaking.

beach vacationThe iconic Huntington Beach Pier is a must-see attraction. Photo courtesy of Huntington Beach.

The sunsets at Huntington Beach are truly spectacular. With a long pier stretching 1,850 feet, there's always something exciting happening along its expanse. The lively Main Street in Huntington adds to the vibrant atmosphere of this beloved California destination.

Enjoy a Beach Vacation in Oceanside

Join me on a beach vacation in the beautiful city of Oceanside, California. This coastal destination offers stunning beaches that are less crowded compared to other popular locations in Southern California.

beach vacationExperience the joy of playing on the fantastic beaches of Oceanside. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

While you're here, don't miss the opportunity to dine at some incredible restaurants in Oceanside. I recommend trying Hello Betty Fish House, which is just a block away from the beach. Additionally, make sure to visit the California Surf Museum and explore the unique surfing culture that makes Southern California so memorable.

beach vacationIndulge in delicious food and drinks at Hello Betty Fish House. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

One of the great advantages of Oceanside is its convenient train station located in the city center. Hop on a train and spend the day exploring the picturesque coastal areas. When it comes to accommodations, I highly recommend the Springhill Suites Marriott. This newer hotel offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, located just a block away from the train station and within walking distance of downtown. It is even adjacent to Hello Betty, with a fantastic rooftop area. Truly a top-notch choice for your stay!

beach vacationLet the soothing waves calm your soul during your beach vacation. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Experience Luxury at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia

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Courtesy of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

For a truly indulgent getaway, I recommend visiting Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in stunning St. Lucia. This luxurious oceanfront resort features 59 villas, eight beachfront bungalows, and 11 Sugar Mill rooms. Nestled in the picturesque valley between St. Lucia's iconic Piton Mountains, this resort occupies one of the most historically rich and picturesque spots on the entire Caribbean islands. Situated at the base of the island's volcano, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Sugar Beach encompasses over 100 acres of lush tropical rainforest and boasts the only white-sand beach in the area. The beach is also bordered by a National Marine Preserve, offering incredible marine life just offshore. Sugar Beach is deeply connected to its heritage, creating a uniquely spiritual atmosphere that sets it apart from other Caribbean destinations. Don't hesitate to contact us or your Trip Designer to book your stay now.

Discover Paradise at Eden Rock in St Barth's

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Immerse yourself in the history and charm of St. Barth's at Eden Rock. Dating back to 1951, this hilltop property was originally purchased by Rémy de Haenen, known as the father of St. Barth's and its first mayor. Legend has it that he was greeted by a herd of goats when he landed a plane on the island in 1945. De Haenen built his home on the highest point of the outcropping, which later became the island's inaugural hotel. Throughout the years, this iconic property hosted illustrious guests like Baron Rothschild, David Rockefeller, Brigitte Bardot, Howard Hughes, and Greta Garbo. In 1995, the hotel was transformed into a 21st-century resort to rival the best in the world by David and Jane Matthews. Since then, through expansions, renovations, and reconstructions following Hurricane Irma, Eden Rock has evolved to offer 37 rooms, suites, and villas, including the opulent Villa Nina and Villa Rockstar. The resort is also home to the renowned Sand Bar, a restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Don't miss the chance to stay at this exceptional property. Contact us or your Trip Designer to make your reservation.

Experience the Beauty of Antibes, France

For the perfect beach vacation, look no further than the South of France. My personal favorite destination in the world is the enchanting Antibes, France. Over 15 years ago, I had one of the most incredible lunches at Plage Keller in Antibes. You can either enjoy the public beaches or, like I did, find a secluded spot and spend an afternoon basking in the Mediterranean sun with a glass of exquisite French rosé.

beach vacationPlage Keller offers a delightful beachfront setting to enjoy a delicious meal in Antibes. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

In true European fashion, our leisurely lunch stretched into several hours. We watched as yachts sailed in and out while children played in the sand at the water's edge. It was truly the epitome of an idyllic beach vacation.

beach vacationSpend your time marveling at the Mediterranean beauty of the beaches in Antibes, France. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Relaxation Awaits on Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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Escape to the tranquil and pristine Kiawah Island in South Carolina for a rejuvenating getaway just under an hour away from the charming city of Charleston. This hidden gem offers world-class golf courses, soft sandy beaches, warm hospitality, and luxurious accommodations at The Sanctuary, a beachfront luxury hotel. Indulge in a weekend of relaxation and unwind amidst the beauty of Kiawah Island.

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Whether you're seeking a secluded romance, an adventurous birdwatching trip, or an immersive cultural experience, the stunning Caribbean islands offer the perfect beachfront escape for every type of traveler. From the luxurious Petit St. Vincent to the culturally rich St. Kitts and Nevis, and the pristine white sands of Anguilla, the choices are endless. Indulge in the ultimate relaxation at the exclusive Rosewood Baha Mar in the Bahamas or the tranquil COMO Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos. For a taste of Mexican paradise, head to Riviera Maya and check in at Hotel Esencia or Rosewood Mayakobá. If you prefer the breathtaking beauty of the Los Cabos region, One&Only Palmilla and Rosewood Las Ventanas al Paraíso await. And for a beach vacation with an exotic twist, explore the hidden gem of Canouan island at the Mandarin Oriental. With so many breathtaking destinations to choose from, the best beachfront escape is just a tropical paradise away.

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