Hey there. It’s winter, it’s freezing and we can’t remember the last time we saw the sun. Sounds like the perfect time to remind ourselves that warm temperatures exist in the world, often accompanied by beautiful bodies of water. So take a (figurative) trip with us to a bunch of locations that are probably much warmer than wherever you are right now.
Without further ado, here are 15 gorgeous beaches to make you feel just a little bit better (if only until you look outside again).
Just a bunch of incredible beach pictures to help get you through the winter
Tonsai Bay Beach, ThailandTonsai Bay Beach is a secluded area in the Krabi province of Thailand only accessible by boat. Rock climbing is the most popular activity in the area.Shutterstock
Honolulu, HawaiiTechnically, Honolulu is the largest city in the world because any island not assigned to a county is constitutionally part of the city. Shutterstock
Velassaru, MaldivesThe beach is located on the South Male atoll which is a landmass formed completely of coral. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Manihi, French PolynesiaThe entire population of the Manihi atoll was 685 as of 2012. DeAgostini/Getty Images
Bluefields Beach, JamaicaBluefields Beach is one of over 50 beaches in Jamaica and was the second to be settled by the Spanish in 1519.DEA / V. GIANNELLA/De Agostini/Getty Images
Fleurieu Peninsula, AustraliaThe Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia is well known for its wine regions including McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek.Auscape/UIG via Getty Images
Greece-RSPorto Katsiki Beach is located on the Greek island of Lefkada. “Katsiki” (or Κατσίκι) translates literally to “kid” presumably because before humans settled the area, only goats could reach it.
Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad and TobagoManzanilla Beach is located on the east coast of Trinidad and was named for the Spanish word for apple, manzana, because the colonialists thought the beach was surrounded by apple trees. Turns out the trees were actually manchineel which bears poisonous fruit.Marka/UIG via Getty Images
Ishigaki, JapanIshigaki is a city on the Island of Okinawa, which is part of the southernmost region of Japan. The southern end consists mostly of uplifted coral reef. Shutterstock
La Digue island, SeychellesThe Seychelles (consisting of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean) was a known pirate hideout and is believed to still have unfound buried treasure on it to this day. DEA / V. GIANNELLA / Getty Images
Sentosa Island, SingaporeSentosa is a tiny island located just south of the main island of Singapore and connected by nearly all forms of transportation including roadway, cable car, monorail and pedestrian path. There is also a Universal Studios theme park located on the island. Shutterstock
Cala Mesquida, SpainCala Mesquida is a beach located on Mallorca Island, one of the Balearic Islands of Spain. It’s a popular tourist destination, particularly for travelers from Germany and the U.K. Shutterstock
Jaco Beach, Costa RicaJaco Beach is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and is a popular destination for surfers. Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images