On Thailand’s Andaman Coast, you can only get to the beach by boat. But once you’ve hitched a longtail to the Railay peninsula, you can find white sandy beaches, clear and shallow water, and some of the best rock climbing winter tourism has to offer. Clambering around its limestone cliff faces and stalactites with its old ropes and metal climbing poles, you can also spot gorgeous views of one of the best beaches in the world.
Thailand isn’t the only remarkable winter beach in the world. Belize, the Caribbean, and Guadeloupe all boast deep, transparent waters, mostly with shore residences you can stay at, which make great vacations year-round. Why settle for a controlled, sterilized Disney beach experience when you can sail the Sea of Abaco or climb Saba’s volcanic peak?
Florida even has some great beaches, including remote tropical paradises like Cedar Key, St. George Island, and Anna Maria Island. Those beaches are home to dolphin tours and crab racing. Oyster beds perfect for scuba-diving and mangroves ideal for paddling through. Beats staying sedentary with Epcot looming in the background, huh?
Here are 15 destinations for every kind of beach lover on every kind of budget—the best beaches in the world.
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