Winter is in full swing, with temperatures in some parts of the country dipping well below zero degrees. Winter can be a magical time of year, but extremely low temperatures and all the hassle that comes with them can make you yearn to jump on a plane and head to a warm and sunny destination. If the idea of relaxing under the sun on a nice, sandy beach appeals to you, here are some of the best beaches in the world to visit:
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
In winter, this is one of the best places in the world to watch big wave surfing. You can witness some of the world’s top surfers battle it out in competition, or learn how to surf yourself. During summer, the water calms down and becomes as still and tame as a lake, making it a great place to go snorkeling. You can catch a direct flight from LAX, and it’s about six hours’ travel time. Be sure to book a parking slot via ParkON.com in advance so you won’t have to worry about finding a space to park when you get to the airport.
ParkON offers secure parking in more than 200 parking lots strategically located close to all the major airports in the country. Reserving a slot is super easy to do online, and will literally only take a couple of minutes. LAX parking can be notoriously difficult, so booking a slot in advance can save you time, money and a whole lot of stress.
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Banana Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Phuket has long been the destination of choice for sun worshippers and beach bums from all over the world. Banana Beach is part of a national park and marine preservation area, and features a backdrop of jungle so green, it almost looks unreal. The water surrounding the area is crystal clear, and there are numerous water activities to enjoy, including snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, and of course, banana boat rides.
Psarou Beach, Mykonos, Greece
The Aegean Sea is world famous for its blue, blue, blue water. Anywhere you go in Mykonos, you can catch a glimpse of the gorgeous blue waves. There are plenty of big beaches to visit on Mykonos, but while Psarou is not one of the biggest, it enjoys one of the best locations at the head of a horseshoe bay. It’s definitely an upscale beach, so it’s the perfect destination when you want to go on a luxurious holiday.
Palm Beach, Aruba
This is a beach for the party people, and tourists who want to participate in a lot of activities. You’ll find plenty to do and enough to keep you busy day and night on this two-mile-long strip of beach. After soaking up the sun during the day, you can head to any of the numerous restaurants, casinos and clubs to party it up all night.
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
A relatively under-the-radar destination, El Nido is home to around 50 white sand beaches, with sand so fine, white and silky you’d just want to lay on it all day. The water is crystal clear and a beautiful shade of bright blue. But one sight you definitely can’t miss is the Philippine sunset. It will take your breath away.
Now that you’ve been sufficiently enticed by the thought of white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and the warm sun, which of these beaches would you head to first? Whichever one you choose, you’re sure to have a memorable and unforgettable experience.