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60+ Beaches to Dream About This Dreary Winter Season

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by Carlo Alcos Nov 25, 2016

WITH OCEANS covering over 70% of the earth’s surface, it’s no wonder its shorelines are such a big draw. We head to the beaches for different reasons: suntanning, hanging out, surfing, playing sports, snorkeling. For many of us living in the north, though, they’re a place reserved for the summer months. For the most part, these beaches from all over the world are ones you can swim at year round. The perfect antidote to the winter blues.

These are all taken from the travelstoke app. You can find this list on my profile and start adding to your own trip to visit these awesome beaches. And don’t forget to add your own suggestions.

Cayo Zapatilla, Bocas del Toro, Panama

 Cayo ZapatillaBocas del Toro, PanamaCayo Zapatilla is a group of islands in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. The Island I was at didn’t have any inhabitants and it was pretty much secluded, clean, and clear blue water. It’s a must visit in Bocas. #beach #tranquil

Isla Holbox, Mexico

Tiny and secluded…and beautiful!

 Isla Holbox MexicoHolbox, MexicoEpic Little Island 2 hours north of Cancun. There’s no cars, only golf carts, sandy roads, and a pace of life that is very refreshing in today’s world. Much Relaxo

Waipio Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

More amazing pics here.

 Waipio Black Sand BeachHonokaa, United StatesValley of the kings. Probably one of the most spectacular valleys in all of the #hawaiian islands. The road is treacherous so make sure your rig can handle it if you plan on driving down. The land is sacred and much of it is private property so tread lightly and show respect.

Thomas Beach, Uluwatu, Indonesia

 Thomas BeachPecatu, IndonesiaUluwatu is home to loads of beautiful beaches. Thomas beach is a little quieter than most. You have to take the thigh burning stairs in order to get there, but it’s definitely worth the trek. One night a week they throw an epic beach party with live music. And you can also stay at the guesthouse overlooking the beach, if you’re ok with a shitty room. In my opinion, the broken sink and lack of pillows and blankets was worth the epic view. #beach

Tatlong Pulo Beach, Philippines

 Tatlong PuloJordan, PhilippinesGuimaras Island is in Western Visayas, Philippines. Beautiful beaches and home of the world’s sweetest mangoes. #camping #snorkeling #swimming

Hanalei Bay, Kaua’i, Hawaii

 Hanalei BayHanalei, United StatesGreat spot for sandy bottom begginer #surfing on small to medium day theres good shade and picnic tables so definitely a place to post up all day

Railay Beach, Thailand

And, as if just lying on the beach isn’t enough, here are a few more things to do there.

 Railay BeachTambon Pak Nam, ThailandRai Lai (Railay) Beach is accessible by boat from both Krabi township or Ao Nang. It is known for being an attraction for rockclimbers. It’s a beautiful escape where you can kayak, relax in the beach, or go for a hike. If you can, check out the lagoon. It’s a bit of a climb and you will need shoes to do it. But the accomplishment of making it down is a great feeling when you’re standing inside an old volcano. #beach #kayak #climbing #rockclimbing

 Railay BeachTambon Ao Nang, ThailandUnderwater exploration in #thailand

Smith’s Barcadere, George Town, Cayman Islands

A quiet beach with waves crashing on the rocks.

 Smith’s BarcadereGeorge Town, Cayman IslandsAmazing beach close to port with a nice drop off for snokeling. Tons of fish including close encounters with tarpon and lobsters. Beautiful coral and rock structure to swim around and jump off of. #snorkeling #beach #bbq

Mismaloya Beach, Jalisco, Mexico

 MismaloyaJalisco, MexicoFishing at Mismaloya beach. Join the locals at sunrise or sunset for an incredible opportunity to fish from the shore.
Take a wander along the beach and any local with a boat will approach you for a day out on the water.
Ask for Adrian, he is the fish-whisperer.
#fishing #fishingtown #mismaloya #familyfriendly #beach #mexico

Waipatiki Beach, New Zealand

A “paradisiacal New Zealand beach not too many seem to know about.”

 Waipatiki Beach Farm ParkTangoio, New ZealandIt’s never too far to the next beach in New Zealand

Makapu’u Beach, O’ahu, Hawaii

 Makapu’u BeachWaimanalo, United StatesThis is the view of Makapuu beach looking down from Makapuu Point. #hiking

Waddy Point, Queensland, Australia

Camping must be the best way to experience Fraser Island.

 Waddy PointFraser Island, AustraliaAt the end of the road on worlds longest sand island waddy point is a stunning place to camp and fish. A very solid 4×4 is a requirement to get there but there are plenty of outfitters offering everything from truck rentals to full service tours. #australia #fraserisland #fishing

Hanauma Bay, O’ahu, Hawaii

You’d be missing out if you didn’t go snorkeling here.

 Hanauma BayHonolulu, United StatesHanauma Bay is beautiful! A bit touristy for my taste but an amazing protected place to see some tropical fish in the ocean! #snorkeling

Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

If you go, here are 5 things you need to know.

 Waterplay ProvoProvidenciales and West Caicos, Turks and Caicos IslandsPelican Beach, Leeward, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. Clean white sand, blue seas. Just at the end of Grace Bay. About as pretty as it can get.

Shipwreck Beach (Kaiolohia), Lanai, Hawaii

So named because of its shallow and rocky channel which has sunk many ships over the decades. See more inspiration on The PlanetD’s blog.

 Shipwreck BeachKoloa, United StatesNice #beach with big waves out front of the Grand Hyatt. Tons of shade here with trees a plenty.

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

 Far End Of Camps Bay BeachCape Town, South AfricaCamps Bay Beach – plan to come here in the afternoon, watch the sunset, have drinks and go to a bomb dinner. It has it all. #beach #capetown

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Australia

There’s also a ton of hiking to be done in Freycinet National Park.

 Wineglass BayFreycinet, AustraliaOne of the most beautiful (and famous!) beaches in Tasmania – and a top spot for a swim after hiking in on a hot day #hiking

Brighton Beach, Victoria, Australia

These Victorian-era bathing boxes are protected by the local council from alterations being done to them.

 Brighton Bathing Boxes (beach houses)Brighton, AustraliaThese colorful “bathing boxes” are tiny little beach huts, which only locals are allowed to own and can’t rent out. Cool to visit and shoot some photos though! #beachhut #melbourne

Las cabañas Beach, Palawan, Philippines

Paradise, some say.

 Las cabañas BeachEl Nido, Philippines#sunset #beach #chilling #relax #philippines #asia #bestofasia #yoga

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

 Cathedral CoveWaikato, New Zealandwhen in Rome [The Coromandel]

Pink Beach, Komodo, Indonesia

Yes, the sand is actually pink (due to white and red sand mixing) and it’s only one of seven pink beaches in the world.

 Pink BeachKomodo, IndonesiaI’ve spent 4 days 3 nights live on boat exploring many spots around Labuan Bajo. This one taken at Pink Beach. #swim #swimming #beach #beachlife #explore #labuanbajo

Figure 8 Pools, NSW, Australia

These naturally formed rock pools look amazing. Be aware of the tides though! Here’s how to visit safely.

 Figure 8 PoolLilyvale, AustraliaRewarding end after a steep trail down.

Cronulla Beach, NSW, Australia

 Cronulla BeachCronulla, AustraliaRelaxing colours if a sunset. #sunset #ocean #waves

Tamarama Beach, NSW, Australia

 Tamarama BeachTamarama, AustraliaI need a beach today! My favorite #beach in Sydney, Australia is the small and quiet Tamarama Beach.

Kamala Beach, Thailand

Sip some fresh coconuts on the beach!

 way to Kamala BeachTambon Kammala, ThailandFull of speedos and Europeans in high season, but empty and lovely in the low.

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