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Thinking Of A Gap Year By The Sea? Here Are The World's Longest Beaches

10/03/2014 10:54 GMT | Updated 10/03/2014 10:59 GMT

Here are eleven beaches where you can show your bikini bod for miles and miles.

Praia do Cassino Beach, Brazil

At roughly 150 miles long, this is considered the world's longest beach by many. It's so long that it stretches from Rio Grande to the border with Uruguay.

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Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

The world's longest uninterrupted beach clocks in at 75 miles long (though others say it's a bit shorter). Regardless, the government is focusing on drawing more and more tourists fast, so go before it gets crazy.

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Ninety Mile Beach, Australia

Yup, you guessed it. This beach is 90 miles long. It's popular with dolphin and whale watchers, fishermen and swimmers alike.

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Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

Off south Texas sits some beautiful stretches of beach that go for some 70 miles.

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Playa Novillero, Mexico

Sign us up. This beach is 56 miles long, a third of a mile wide and water that's shallow enough that you can walk about 330 feet into the water.

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Flickr: Christian Frausto Bernal

Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand

Unlike its neighbor to the west, this beach, on the North Island, is really only about 55 miles long.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia

This East Coast city has 35 miles of beaches and a lot of tourists to show for it.

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Long Beach, Washington

At 28 miles long, this claims to be America's longest continuous beach.

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Muizenberg, South Africa

The town of Muizenberg, a suburb of Cape Town, marks the start of a roughly 25-mile beach that curves around to nearby False Bay. Beware, there have been shark sightings in the past.

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Stockton Beach, Australia

Not only is this beach long (nearly 20 miles long), but it's popular with dune surfers, 4-wheel drive enthusiasts and surfers.

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Marina Beach, Chennai, India

At around 8 miles long, it's the longest urban beach in India. There's a bit of an undertow, so swimming isn't as popular as hanging out and shopping.

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