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A picturesque tropical beach as a winter getaway makes for a smart vacation idea. Imagine frolicking in one of the world’s most spectacular warm-climate beaches as you wait away the passing of the cold months.

Here are 20 of the world’s great tropical beaches to consider as your holiday vacation destination.

1. Bamboo Island Beach, Thailand

Thailand is one of the first countries that come to mind when it comes to gorgeous beaches! First on our list is the Bamboo Island Beach. Located in Southern Thailand and protected by cliffs of limestone that tame the waves, the fantastic Bamboo Island is a remote tropical paradise of white sand and shimmering turquoise-colored waters. It is near the bustling Maya Bay, where the Leonardo DiCaprio starrer, The Beach, was filmed.

Located in Phuket, the natural beauty of Bamboo Island Beach is protected thanks to its status of National Park. Besides enjoying the sun and the sand on Thailand’s most visited beach, it is also a hotspot for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, swimming, feeding the fish and other recreational water activities. There are only two seasons on the Island – the hot season and the rainy season. Vacationers will want to be sure to visit between January and April, which is the Island’s hot season.

For accommodations, hotel stays are more expensive and the price gets higher for beach front rooms. But that doesn’t mean Bamboo Island Beach isn’t backpackers-friendly. In fact, there are a lot of little dorms and hostels across the island.

Whether you’re looking for a great place to relax or have an adventure, Bamboo Island is the perfect island destination.

2. Eleuthera, Bahamas

A weekend in the Bahamas will do the body a lot of good! And we’re picking Eleuthera as one of the best beach destinations in the Bahamas! The Eleuthera island is not only world renowned for its colorful beach culture and crystal clear waters, it’s also known for its rolling beaches of pink sand. That’s right, pink sand! What’s more, Eleuthera has huge outcroppings of coral reefs, perfect for snorkelers! The beaches of Eleuthera are unspoiled as the island is not heavily inhabited by people that’s why if you are a true beach bum who’s looking for endless frolicking minus the crowd, Eleuthera island is your best bet.
Eleuthera island is  located east of Nassau, is only one mile wide in some areas and if you are looking for a great vacation spot to feel total freedom and relaxation, you won’t find a more perfect place. That’s because the word Eleuthera actually means ‘free’. Eleuthera is also unique because it is home to the “glass window” where the dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean meet the aquamarine colors of the Caribbean Sea. With the east side of the island on the Atlantic Ocean and the west side facing the Great Bahama Bank, the beaches are beautiful no matter which direction you’re headed.

3. Ipanema Beach, Brazil

There’s definitely more to Brazil than beautifully bronzed goddesses! Their beaches are some of the world’s best! Next on our list is Ipanema Beach, a favorite hangout of celebrities, supermodels and beach bums alike.

Rio de Janeiro’s popular Ipanema Beach offers a lively, beach-party atmosphere where tourists and Brazilians gather as they sunbathe, drink beer, surf, and enjoy the warm weather. The western part of Ipanema Beach is framed by Dois Irmãos, a graceful-looking pair of mountains. Ipanema offers the best of both worlds, amazing views and loads of fun activities for beachgoers!

Something that makes Ipanema Beach unique from other beaches is that it is separated into different segments marked by lifeguard towers.

Known for being a very sociable spot, beer is sold on all parts of the beach and different sports such as football, volleyball and even a combination of the two, called footvolley, are played by beach-goers. If you stick around long enough, you will be able to join in on the applause that often accompanies the fabulous sunsets well-known on the world’s sexiest beach. Whether you are a true blue beach bunny who wants to explore Ipanema Beach’s turquoise waters or you love the nightlife, Ipanema Beach definitely has something for everyone!

4. Jobson’s Cove, Bermuda

Looking for unspoiled, picture perfect beach destination? Jobson’s Cove, Bermuda is an enchanting spot to visit.  Situated in Situated on the Bermuda’s Warwick parish adjacent to Warwick long Bay, Jobson’s Cove, Bermuda features beautiful natural formation of limestone. The limestone outcropping creates a shallow pool of around forty feet in diameter in the Bermuda waters. The pinkish sandy beach of Jobson’s Cove treats you to experience clear waters, reefs, and a view of the towering cliffs made of limestone that borders the pool.

Since Jobson’s Cove is protected by the ocean, the waters are nearly always calm which makes it a great place to simply relax. Because the natural limestone formation that surrounds the beach, the crystal clear water is extremely calm and shallow, making Jobson’s Cove a safe place for kids to go snorkeling and explore all the marine life Bermuda has to offer. If you are the adventurous type, you can climb up the cliffs using steps that have been carved into the rock. The cliff leads to an overlooking view of the ocean. From the top, you’ll be greeted with a breathtaking view of the ocean. Some people have called this beach ‘paradise’ and it is a great spot to take the whole family.

5. Kadmat Island Beach, India

India is known mostly for its ancient temples and amazing food but did you know the country’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world? And among its beaches, one stands out, the Kadmat Island beach.

The immaculate beaches of Kadmat Island rest on a coral reef. The clear shallow waters washing off from the Indian Ocean make diving, snorkeling, and swimming much more enjoyable. Dolphins and other marine animals are also abundant in the beaches along Kadmat Island.

Also known as Cardamom Island, Kadmat is part of Lakshadweep which is a group of islands belonging to India. Kadmat Island is the only one open to non-Indian visitors. The government regulates the number of visitors, which is kept low on purpose not just to protect the island’s natural resources but also to maintain the pristine shores and crystal clear waters of the island.

Thanks to regulating the numbers of visitors to the island each year, Kadmat Island is home to the cleanest, most peaceful beaches in the world. Sure, getting a permit to visit the island is a bit of a challenge but the beauty of the beaches and the extraordinary view of the surrounding islands are worth all the effort!

6. Matira Beach, French Polynesia

Featuring mile long white of powder-fine white sand, Matira Beach is a dazzling beach destination located at the southern tip of Bora Bora island. Matira Beach is a heaven of tropical sun and gleaming blue-green waters. Across the shores are beachfront bungalows where you can relax and marvel at the stunning French Polynesian views.

Often described as the world’s most beautiful beach, Matira Beach tops Bora Bora’s list of must-visit vacation spots and it is the country’s most popular beach destination. That’s hardly surprising because Matira Beach’s water is warm, calm and shallow, you could spend hours swimming in comfortable water. It’s also a great place for kids!

And if you’re the type who loves to explore every nook and cranny, you can wade through the barrier reef during low tide at the Matira Beach, definitely a snorkeler’s ultimate dream! Different shops, cafes and souvenir stalls dot the island, giving tourists a lot of opportunity to bask in the golden Polynesian sun.

The beach faces west which makes for spectacular sunsets. Along with the warm, fragrant air of the island complete with palm trees and lush vegetation, and shimmering, calm waters, visitors would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful place to be.

7. Navio Beach, Puerto Rico

If you love surfing and other water sports, all roads lead to Navio Beach in sunny Puerto Rico! Featuring dazzling white, powder-fine sands, secluded beaches and endless Puerto Rican sun, Navio beach is located in the Vieques.

Navio Beach’s charm includes rough waves that are perfect for surfing, natural rock formations ideal for rock climbing, pristine and empty coastlines, and the rural island-municipality’s old-world vibe.

Recently voted one of the top ten beaches in the Caribbean, Navio Beach’s natural beauty is made up of grape plants, palms and a variety of other tropical plants. The gently rolling waves give the beach a tranquil quality for those who wish to relax but rougher terrain for those who want to explore. It is also an ideal place surfing.

What’s more, Navio beach has two caves at the east side of the beach. If you’re the adventurous type, you can explore both caves during low tide. Also, the road that leads to Navio beach’s entrance is a sea turtle nesting area!

If it’s privacy couples and honeymooners are seeking, they can find their own little hideaway in the beach’s hidden caves and secluded coves. The beach is open year round, which makes coming to Navio Beach convenient any time of the year.

8. Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Situated about 10 nautical miles off the northeaster cost of West Malaysia in the Terengganu, state, the Perhentian Islands are about 40 miles south of the Thai border (another great beach destination). The Perhentian Islands composed of two main islands called Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil

The tropical beaches along the pair of Malaysian islands called the Perhentians feature a postcard-perfect scenario complete with palm trees, white sand, warm climate, and crystal blue sea waters. Marine life—the likes of jelly fish, sea turtles, reef fish, and corals—is abundant, so you get the most out of any snorkeling and diving adventures.

The islands are a part of the Pulau Redang National Marine Park, which makes it illegal to fish, collect coral and litter. The name of the island means “stopping point” which is something travelers will want to do when coming to this part of the world. The island is sparsely populated and is widely known as a tourist area. Other activities on the island include camping, canoeing, taking a ride on the banana boats and trekking through the jungle. Some lucky visitors will even be able to spot monitor lizards and monkeys. The island is nearly deserted during the monsoon season so the best times to visit are between June and October.

9. Tulum Beaches, Mexico

Hailed as the most stylish beaches of Mexico, Tulum Beaches put Mexico beaches on the map! Featuring gleaming white sands, gorgeous Riviera Maya views and a look into the Tulum ruins, Tulum Beaches offer long stretches of exquisite waters. A true paradise for beach lovers!

Located southeast of Cancun, Tulum is a well-known archaeological site, as well as the location of beach resorts that deliver awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean. After spending time visiting Pre-Columbian ruins and cenotes, unwind under the sun and walk along the gorgeous coastline of Tulum.

Thanks to its breathtaking scenery, ancient ruins, clear waters, soft sands and the number of nearby amenities, Talum is considered one of the best beaches in Mexico.

The locals in Talum keep its tradition of taking an afternoon siesta which is something vacationers will want to keep in mind when it’s time to shop or grab a bite to eat. This can also be a reason the beach is so inviting because sleeping and relaxing in the afternoon is highly encouraged. Though it’s close to Cancun, Talum offers a much more laid back atmosphere where you can escape the crowds but enjoy all the luxury the Yucatan Peninsula has to offer.

10. Yasawa Island Beach, Fiji

Less commercialized than its more popular neighbor, the Mamanucas Island, Yasawa Group of islands is a popular beach destination to backpackers for its unspoiled, less commercialized beaches and the fabulous views! In fact, most of the resorts that dot the coastline cater to backpackers.

You can’t go wrong with this warm-weather paradise popular for its unmarred beaches and clear blue-green waters. The volcanic Yasawa island group also features breathtaking mountainous terrain. In 1980, The Blue Lagoon was filmed in some parts of the Yasawa.

The Yasawa Islands offer vacation and beach-goers a much-needed break from civilization. While amenities such as medical services and shops are nonexistent, the beaches are instead filled with natural beauty and abundant sunshine that make it the perfect place to relax. Popular with backpackers, the South Pacific islands also offer an array of activities such as sailing, kayaking, visiting area villages and enjoying an evening on the beach with campfires and barbecues. Whether you are resting in a villa or in one of the many hammocks in the shade, you will be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the soothing waves.

With an abundance of sunshine, warm waters and an inviting atmosphere, Yasawa Island Beach offers an affordable retreat for beachgoers and tourists alike!