Brazil

With the 2014 World Cup, the Rio Olympics in 2016, new developments in Rio’s Guanabara Bay – including a cruise-ship terminal – South America’s biggest country is the one that dominates the news. Brazil’s Atlantic coast is a beach-lover’s dream. Starting at the south, Florianopolis – long popular with Argentines – has started to attract some European travelers. The variety of beaches, good hotels, security and excellent dining, and balmy but never extreme summer temperatures are ideal for a family trip or honeymoon. It’s a similar story along the fashionable coasts of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states.