Winters can be hard for anyone. The early sunsets and cold nights take a toll on work and personal life – and lack of sun can affect your mood.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to escape to an island paradise and relax on a beach? For some, they will be lucky to take a winter vacation in the southern hemisphere, while others remain cozy at home next to a fire. Either way, we want to be warm!
We’ve outlined some of the best beaches in the world – based on research conducted by FlightNetwork. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Coming in first place is this perfect beach in Greece. It is located just 50 minutes from Zakynthos International Airport and has a 10/10 score for untouched natural beauty. It has an entire shipwreck that can be explored – inspiring its name – but still has clear water to swim in. Tourists travel from all over the world to witness the large golden cliffs that surround the blue water.
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
When traveling way down under, visiting Whitehaven Beach is an absolute must. The sand is bright white and sits right next to a tropical forest in Queensland. Tourists should plan their visit ahead of time – it is only accessible by helicopter, helping it earn a perfect 10/10 for remoteness. The climate averages 27 degrees Celsius with 290 days of sunshine each year.
Hidden Beach, Philippines
Visitors love beaches which are hidden from the wider public. In the Philippines, Hidden Beach stays true to its name! Its secluded nature means that travelers can enjoy its limestone cliffs and blue lagoons. The water quality has been noted as particularly clean and clear, making it perfect for swimming in the warm climate.
Praia do Sancho, Pernambuco, Brazil
This particular beach is on the small island of Fernando de Noronha – visitors are required to take a boat from Brazil. It tops most lists for the world’s best beaches because of its accessibility. You need to hike, climb, descend, and pay to enter, making it all the more noteworthy. According to FlightNetwork, it scored a perfect 10/10 for remoteness, sand and water quality, and untouched beauty.
Tulum Beach, Mexico
This Mexican beach is highly-rated despite its easy access for people and the commercial restaurants along its coasts. The sands remain white and the waters teal – making it a family-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. Overall, It scored 9/10 for untouched beauty, 8/10 for remoteness and 10 out of 10 for sand and water quality. This is an amazing feat despite the commercial attractions nearby.
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
This beach is known for its reef that is colored like a rainbow and home to thousands of sea creatures. Visitors swarm to the beach for its snorkeling and swimming attractions. Another advantage is the sheer amount of sunshine days it has per year – a whopping 319. This makes it the perfect getaway for basically any time of year.
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
This beach appears to continue along the coast for miles and miles, catered with palm trees and turquoise waters along the way. Every so often, tourists can visit the myriad of shops, restaurants, and bars that are strategically placed alongside the views. Unfortunately, that affects its remoteness, scoring a modest 7/10. Still, if you want to merge the relaxation of a beach with the partying the night can offer, then this is the place for you.
Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles
This Indian Ocean beach takes the prize for one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Its sunsets are unparalleled with its amazing hues and color contrasts that greet its visitors each evening. People fly to this island just off Africa from all over the world and holds up a strong competition against its unofficial competitor, Mauritius. Suitable for families and young couples alike, thousands of people swarm to visit its views, making it 9/10 for remoteness.
Maya Bay, Thailand
Many people will recognize these famous shores from the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach. Its iconic cove is surrounded by cliffs and amazing views in Thailand and is just one of the main attractions for travelers in the region. You can only access the area by boat, so visitors would have to plan ahead to get a view of the beauty. Unfortunately, the beach was closed indefinitely to the public due the mess and damage that tourists left behind.
Varadero Beach, Cuba
Varadero Beach is home to white sand, blue water, and rideable waves. Cuba has some world-class hotels that rest easy on its coast attracting thousands of tourists a year. With doors opening to the US, the country can expect to welcome a lot more American surfers in upcoming years.