Beach porn: 40 photos to wash the winter chill away

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Soaking up the sun with a frozen fruity cocktail in one hand, a good book in the other and feet firmly submerged in powder soft sand is the quintessential day of bliss for many travelers.

There are tens of thousands of beaches in all colors (from white to pink to black sand and azure, turquoise and emerald water), sizes (from a few yards to many miles) and shapes (the beach’s shape depends on how the waves move) worldwide. So, we’ve compiled 40 phenomenal photos of beautiful beaches from around the world to wash away the wintertime blues.

Whether your beach activities of choice are jet-skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming or sunbathing, or all of the above, these beautiful beaches will please even the most discerning beach bum.

Life’s a beach, and we can’t wait to swap our next snow day for a beach day.

Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

conch shells for sale on a beach
Turquoise waters await in the Turks & Caicos Islands. (Image: John Sawicki)

Providenciales, the most developed island on the Turks & Caicos Islands features pristine white beaches and panoramic views of its famous turquoise water. The north shore of “Provo” has the best beaches including the 12-mile Grace Bay beach.

Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Little Dix Bay, BVI
Virgin Gorda offers a secluded seascape. (Image: The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board)

Little Dix Bay is a long, crescent-shaped beach; a secluded paradise dotted with sea grape trees. Accessible only by boat, Virgin Gorda is a welcome respite for yachters who began arriving to the sparsely populated island in the 1960s.

Smith Cove, Grand Cayman

Smith Cove, Grand Caymen
Smith Cove, Grand Caymen is a cozy coastal escape. (Image: Dave Tayor/Cayman Islands Department of Tourism)

Located in South Sound near Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Smith Cove’s turquoise waters are known for excellent snorkeling. The white sand beach, which is protected by limestone formations and coral, is the perfect spot for soaking up the sun.

Boracay, Philippines

beach in Boracay, Philippines
Deortiz, Boracay White Beach sunset via Flickr CC BY 2.0

There are many reasons to check out the Philippines island of Boracay, including the gorgeous sunsets on White Beach.

Île-à-Vache, Haiti

beach in Île-à-Vache, Haiti
Take a solitary sojourn to Île-à-Vache, Haiti. (Image: Rafaelle Castera/Haiti Office of Tourism)

An island 6.5 miles off the southwestern coast of Haiti, Île-à-Vache offers some of the Caribbean’s most stunning views. The small island, roughly 20-square miles, has only two tourist resorts, Port Morgan and Abaka Bay.

Belize

Belize beaches
Belize’s beaches are ‘un-belize-able.’ (Image: Demian Solano/Belize Tourist Board)

Belize’s beaches are “un-belize-ably” beautiful. Hugging the Caribbean Sea, many of Belize’s golden sand beaches are often quiet and desolate. With more than 200 offshore islands – called cays – you might be the only person on the beach!

St. Maarten

secluded St. Martin beach
Both the French and Dutch parts of Sint Maartin/Saint Martin have bountiful beaches. (Image: Sint Maarten Tourist Bureau)

Since 1648, the 34-square-mile island has been divided between France in the north (Saint Martin) and the Netherlands in the south (Sint Maarten). Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, St. Maarten has 37 beaches – all with enviable views.

Mismaloya Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Mismaloya Beach, Puerto Vallarta
Don’t miss Mismaloya Beach. (Image: Puerto Vallarta Tourism Bureau)

What was once a sleepy fishing village, Puerto Vallarta has been transformed into one of Mexico’s top beaches after its starring role in “The Night of the Iguana,” a 1964 John Huston movie starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr.

Cannes, France

Croisette, Cannes
Cruising the coastal Croisette is a must. (Image: ©SEMEC-Perreard/Office du Tourisme de Cannes)

The Cannes Film Festival isn’t the only popular pastime in Cannes, France. The Croisette is a 1.2-mile-long promenade that affords majestic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Discovery Bay, Jamaica

beach walk in Discovery Bay, Jamaica
Jules Antonio, Puerto Seco Beach via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay, Jamaica, offers the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day in the sun. With white sand and shallow turquoise water, whiling the day away is easy and enjoyable.

Platges de Comte, Ibiza, Spain

Platges de Comte, Ibiza
Platges de Comte’s sunset is stunning. (Image: Xescu Prats/Consell d’Elvissa-Ibiza Travel)

This cluster of coves in northwest Ibiza, an island off eastern Spain, is the perfect spot for gazing at the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea that ebb and flow on the dark brown sand.

Anse Intendance, Mahé, Seychelles

Anse Intendance beach, Seychelles
The Seychelles offer spectacular seaside views. (Image: Gerard-Larose/Seychelles Tourism Bureau)

The largest island of the archipelago in the Indian Ocean, Mahé, is home to stunning beaches including Anse Intendance. Located on the southern coast, the half-mile beach features swaying palm trees and is a surfer’s paradise.

Mu Ko Hong, Krabi, Thailand

Krabi, Thailand beach
Fun in the sun awaits in Krabi, Thailand. (Image: Tourism Authority of Thailand)

Hong Archipelago (Mu Ko Hong) has 12 islets in the Krabi Sea, near Phang Nga province in southern Thailand. These impressive rock formations feature a few beaches worthy of day trips (overnight stays are not permitted).

Sabah, Borneo

Sabah, Borneo
Sabah offers sensational South China Sea views. (Image: David Kirkland/Sabah Tourism Bureau)

Idyllic beach options abound in Sabah in northern Borneo, the largest island in Asia and the third largest island in the world. The azure waters of the South China Sea beckon sun worshippers from all around the world.

Qamea, Fiji

Qamea, Fiji beach
Fiji is full of fun in the sun spots. (Image: Tourism Fiji)

The archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean comprises 322 islands, many uninhabited. The beach at Qamea Resort and Spa is one of the best stretches of beach in Fiji. Located on the northern island of Qamea, the white sand beach is the ultimate in secluded sunbathing.

Makena Beach State Park, Oahu, Hawaii, United States

Makena State Beach Park
Surf’s up at Makena State Beach Park. (Image: Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority)

South of Wailea, HawaiiMaken Beach State Park is a sanctuary for surfers. The 164-acre park includes golden sand beaches and azure waters.

Mauritius

beach in Mauritius
Multiple beaches populate Mauritius. (Image: Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority)

Located 1,200 miles southeast of the African continent, Mauritius has nearly 100 miles of beaches – all public. From small coves shaded by casuarina trees in the north to secluded surfing spots in the south, there’s a beach for everyone.

Holywell Bay, Cornwall, England

Holywell Bay in Northern Cornwall
Holywell Bay in Northern Cornwall is a haven for beach-goers. (Image: John Such/Visit Cornwall)

The peninsula of Cornwall in Southern England has more than 400 beaches. The northern coast’s deep blue waters of the Celtic Sea have mesmerized beach bums for years while the southern coast’s secluded coves and cobalt blue waters of the English Channel are home to fishing harbors and estuaries.

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States

Cape Cod beah
Escape to the cape’s beautiful beaches. (Image: Margo Tabb/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce)

One of six protected Cape Cod National Seashore beaches, Coast Guard Beach is arguably the best beach on the Cape. The dune-backed beach is perfect for boogie boarding and is less crowded than other beaches.

Cannon Beach, Key Largo, Florida, United States

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Besides being the nation’s first underwater preserve, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park features two beaches, a campground and a land-based visitors center. (Image: Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Nestled inside John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Cannon Beach is one of two beaches within the park. There’s a 17th century cannon on the beach and a replica of a Spanish shipwreck 100 feet offshore. It’s a popular beach in The Keys for snorkeling, too.

Baby Beach, Aruba

Baby Beach, Aruba
Aruba’s Baby Beach is popular with babies and adults alike. (Image: Aruba Tourism Bureau)

Families flock to this gorgeous half-moon lagoon on the southeastern end of Aruba. The water remains shallow for a long distance and snorkelers appreciate the designated snorkeling area.

Honeymoon Bay, Toucheng, Taiwan

Honeymoon Bay, Taiwan
Honeymoon Bay is a beautiful black sand beach that is perfect for couples. (Image: Lauren Mack)

The crescent-shaped bay on Taiwan’s northern coast is a quiet spot for surfers and lovers. The black sand beach faces the Pacific Ocean and is near Guishan Island (Turtle Island), a popular tourist attraction.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Fantastic beaches abound on the French Riviera. (Image: Monaco Press Centre Photos/Visit Monaco)

The French Riviera has an abundance of pebbled beaches and Monte Carlo is no exception.

Playa Kenepa, Curaçao

Playa Kenepa, Curaçao
A kaleidoscope of colorful marine life await at Playa Kenepa, Curaçao (Image: Curacao Tourism Bureau)

Located on the western side of Curaçao, Playa Kenepa is a small beach flanked by rocks. It is the perfect spot for snorkeling and spotting sea turtles and manta rays.

Boquerón Beach, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Boquerón Beach, Puerto Rico
Boquerón Beach is one of Puerto Rico’s best beaches. (Image: Puerto Rico Tourism Company)

Located in southwestern Puerto Rico, the government-run, public Boquerón Beach is one of the best beaches on the main island.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic has 10 beautiful beaches. (Image: Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism)

Punta Cana, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic, has 10 beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water – pure bliss.

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Awaroa Inlet, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Awaroa Inlet, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Golden beaches beckon beach bums to New Zealand’s South Island (Image: Tourism New Zealand)

Located within Abel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, Awaroa Inlet, is a fantastic spot for a dip. Established in 1942, the park is known for its granite cliffs and golden beaches.

Bahamas

Beautiful beach in the Bahamas (Image: 21078769@N00)
Beautiful beach in the Bahamas (Image: 21078769@N00)

With more than 2,000 islands and cays, there are plenty of beach options in the Bahamas. Pink and white sand beaches line the shores making picking where to sunbathe the toughest decision travelers have to make during their visits here.

Pointe du Marin, Martinique

Martinique beach
Marvelous Martinique beaches are a must for beach-lovers. (Image: Luc Olivier/Martinique Tourist Board)

On the southeast coast of Martinique is Pointe du Marin, a small beach on the Bay of Marin. Though the beach is better suited to sunbathers rather than swimmers due to the rough surf, kayakers also find this to be a fun spot.

Barbuda, Antigua

Barbuda beach
Barbuda has beautiful coral sand beaches. (Image: Geoff Howes/Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office)

Antigua has 365 strands of beaches, making it difficult to choose which ones to visit. Barbuda, a flat, coral island 30 miles north of Antigua in the Leeward Islands, has a plethora of remote and secluded options.

Grand Anse, Grenada

beach in Grenada
Grenada has 45 beautiful beaches. (Image: Grenada Board of Tourism)

Grand Anse is the best of Grenada’s 45 beaches. The two-mile, white sand beach and azure Caribbean Sea is on the southwestern coast of this Caribbean island known as the “island of spice.”

Anguilla

Anguilla beach
Soft sand and sun await in Anguilla. (Image: Anguilla Tourist Board)

Anguilla, a British territory in the Caribbean, is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands. Around 16 miles long and three miles wide, the powder fine sand of the public beaches seems endless.

Whale Bay, St. David’s, Bermuda

Whale Bay, St. David’s, Bermuda
Whale watching, wave running, and fun are part of the Whale Bay experience. (Image: The Bermuda Department of Tourism)

Once a separate island from Bermuda, St. David’s is now part of the British territory’s island mainland. It’s not uncommon for beach-goers to spot whales in aptly titled Whale Bay.

Cuba

couple dining on a Cuban beach
There are more than 300 beaches in Cuba, (Image: Cuba Tourist Board)

Miles of beaches stretch along the Atlantic Ocean in northern Cuba and the Caribbean Sea in southern Cuba. With 300 beaches and subtropical weather, nearly every day is the perfect day for a beach outing.

Raisins Clairs, Saint-François, Guadeloupe

Raisins Clairs, Saint-François, Guadeloupe
Pretty Saint-François, Guadeloupe is a must-visit vista. (Image: Philippe Giraud/The Guadeloupe Island Tourist Board)

The seaside resort town of Saint-François, Guadeloupe offers a variety of picturesque vistas including Raisins Clairs. Shallow water, shade and stunning scenery beckon sun-seekers worldwide.

Rendezvous Bay, Montserrat

Rendezvous Bay, Montserrat
Have a rendezvous in Rendezvous Bay, Montserrat (Image: David Mac Gillivary/Montserrat Tourist Board)

Looking for a sparsely populated, crowd-free Caribbean island? There are mountains, a volcano, a small island population and a pristine beach waiting for you in Montserrat. Rendezvous Bay is the only white sand beach on the island and is only accessible via a short hike or boat.

St. Eustatius

St. Eustatius
A trio of beaches populate St. Eustatius. (Image: Cees Timmers)

The northeastern Caribbean Dutch island has three beaches: the barren Oranje Bay; the black- and tan-sand Zeelandis Beach, whose heavy surf makes this a better option for sunbathing; and beige sand Lynch Beach, with shallow water ideal for wading and swimming.

Los Roques, Venezuela

Los Roques, Venezuela
Endless miles of powdery white sand beaches are the allure of Los Roques, Venezuela. (Image: MINTUR – El Ministerio del Poder Popular para el Turismo de Venezuela)

On the archipelago of Los Roques, a cluster of 50 islands north of Venezuela, there are endless miles of powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters of every hue, from nearly clear to cobalt. No matter which patch of sand you pitch your beach umbrella on, you’re almost guaranteed a picture-perfect beach day.

Barbados

Barbados
The coral island features beaches from coast to coast. (Image: Barbados Tourism Authority – UK)

From the windswept east coast beaches perfect for surfers along the Atlantic Ocean to serene seascapes with gently swaying palm trees on the west coast (ideal for swimmers and sunbathers) to sandy beaches and coves in between, Barbados has an abundance of beautiful beaches.

Emerald Beach, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Emerald Bay, USVI
Emerald Bay is a gem in the United States Virgin Islands. (Image: John Sawicki)

St. Thomas has more than 40 beaches that front crystal blue water. All beaches, including resort beaches like the petit Emerald Beach, are open to the public. Many include water sports like kayaking and windsurfing.

If you still can’t decide which beach is for you, discover your beach personality with our quiz.

Editor’s note: Hello, travelers. We revised this post for you to make sure it’s up-to-date, comprehensive and even more awesome.

Main Image: istockphoto.com/AleksandarNakic

Beach porn: 40 photos to wash the winter chill away was last modified: May 6th, 2016 by Lauren Mack
Author: Lauren Mack (265 posts)

Lauren Mack has traveled to 40 countries on five continents, including Cuba, New Zealand, Peru and Tanzania. For many years, she called China, and then Taiwan, home. Countries at the beginning of the alphabet, particularly Antarctica, Argentina and Australia are on her travel bucket list. Lauren is a multimedia travel and food journalist and explorer based in New York City.