Give Winter The Cold Shoulder: 5 Of The Most Beautiful Beaches Where You Can Escape The Winter Blues
Does anyone really wear winter well? The hat that’s practical but so obviously far from pretty. The ginormous puffy coat that makes you feel like you’re walking slowly through quicksand. The gloves that, for some reason, don’t block the sting of the wicked windchill. The boots that do nothing to boost your pulled-together tailored look.
But head to any of these five most beautiful beaches in the world and you can ditch all the trappings of winter. Pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, and a sunny smile and you’ll be well on your way to beach heaven, waving bye-bye to the winter blues as you go.
1. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
Accessible only by boat, catamaran, or seaplane, this secluded island beach lies off Whitsunday Island in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Expect to indulge in four miles of glistening white sand, vivid blue waters, and a neon-green forest that serves as a backdrop. What better place to spoil yourself than a place considered one of the most unspoiled beaches on the planet.
2. Bathsheba Beach, Barbados
Located on the Caribbean island of Barbados, this beach hosts some of the world’s most famous surfing competitions. In addition to killer waves, expect to see killer views of rugged rocks, dark blue waters, plush sands, and swaying palms, all of which come together to create one of the most magnificent color palettes on Earth.
3. Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Considered one of the most beautiful locations in Hawaii, Lanikai Beach is home to magnificent untouched wildlife and perfect weather all year round (no snowdrifts here, just gently drifting sands). Sparkling white sands and brilliant blue waters make snorkeling and swimming a must.
4. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands
Look below the surface and you’re sure to find true beauty: The 225-foot Underwater Trail reef at Trunk Bay offers mesmerizing views of thousands of species of marine life. Clear waters beckon and warm sands soothe, all in a superior beach location that doesn’t require a passport because it’s part of a U.S. territory.
5. Diani Beach, Kwale County, Kenya
Not only is Diani Beach easy on the eyes, it’s also considered one of the softest beaches on Earth. Enchanting monkeys swing from the surrounding trees and you can take in a spectacular view of Sheldrick Falls. You’ll find the water is warm enough for swimming nearly every day of the year, and on mildly windy days you’ll catch surfers riding the waves while you ride out winter in this warm and welcoming landscape.