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Nine best beaches for sun seekers

Need a break from winter’s chill? Book a flight to one of these hot picks.

If it makes you shudder to think that winter is really just getting started, now’s the time to begin planning a much-needed warm-weather getaway. And at this time of year, what could be more alluring than a sun-kissed southern beach? We’ve rounded up nine of the very best hot spots to ignite your imagination and get you packing.

1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

In 2017, this gorgeous destination ranked first on TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Best Beaches list (for the third time). Dramatic cliffs overlook turquoise waters teeming with marine life and seabirds. Getting to the beach requires a boat ride or descending a steep staircase, but the views alone are worth it. Don’t miss neighbouring Baia do Porcos (Pigs Bay), also known for its beauty.

2. Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

At pristine Grace Bay Beach, white sand and crystal-clear water stretch out as far as the eye can see. This is one of the world’s best-loved beach destinations (it ranks second on TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches list), and it’s a short walk away from Grace Bay’s restaurants, shops and hotels.

3. Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas

Beach lovers are spoiled for choice in the Bahamas, but this destination stands out. The three-mile stretch of soft, pale-pink sand (the colour comes from microscopic coral organisms) is cool underfoot, and the calm shallow water is ideal for swimming. Pretty in pink, indeed.

4. Praia da Marinha, Lagoa, Portugal

Do any research on the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, and you’ll come across photos of this stunning beach. Surrounded by cliffs and blessed with soft sand, it’s a favourite with tourists and locals alike. Pack your snorkelling gear – this is a great place to spot marine life.

5. Navagio Beach, Greece

Greece’s most famous beach is tucked between steep cliffs on the northwest coast of the island of Zakynthos. Also known as Shipwreck Cove or Smugglers Cove, Navagio is accessible only by boat and offers no shade or amenities, so pack your beach umbrella and sunscreen.

6. Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Postcard-perfect Trunk Bay is a snorkeller’s paradise, with its clear, warm water and 200-metre Underwater Trail of coral reefs. This well-preserved beach is part of Virgin Islands National Park, where you can also enjoy hiking trails.

7. Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Also called Big Beach, this stretch of golden sand and clear water is fabulous for swimming and snorkelling. (The waves can get rough, so check with the lifeguards.) Extra-adventurous travellers can access Maui’s nudist haven, Little Beach, at Makena’s north end.

8. Tulum, Mexico

The town of Tulum offers a vista like no other: a lovely beach with a backdrop of ancient Mayan ruins. Known for its hip bohemian vibe, Tulum has seen a surge of popularity in recent years. While you’re there, visit the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a sanctuary for thousands of species of plants and animals.

9. Palm Beach, Aruba

Palm Beach has it all: sugary sand, calm waters, high-end resorts, water sports, diverse restaurants and, after sunset, a bustling nightlife. Aruba is an especially good place to bring kids, with its wide range of activities and family-friendly vibe.

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