When winter gets you down, there's only one thing to do: plan a beach vacation and get out of town.
Whether you're in the mood for pristine white sand and quiet days of relaxation or umbrella drinks and a raucous party scene, you've got plenty of options.
We've compiled a list of the hottest sand-and-surf destinations around the world, where you can finally fix your Vitamin D deficiency with some sun therapy.
Grab a book and some sunscreen and get out there.Looking for big-city action with a top-of-the-line beach scene? Bondi Beach in Sydney will fit the bill. Always packed with locals — and keeping a laid-back Aussie vibe — Bondi is having a moment, as lots of big-name visitors and new fans have recently made the trek down south. Getty Images/Don Arnold
St. Bart's is the place to be for your winter getaway: just ask celebrities like Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who all rang in the new year on the tropical island. You can't go wrong with any of the beaches, but our sources recommend Colombier Beach for the hike, Shell Beach for the sunset, and Flamand Beach for fluffy sand. Don't forget to bring your superyacht. Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com
If you like to snorkel, you'll love Tobacco Bay in St. George, Bermuda. The brilliantly clear waters are hotbeds for colorful fish sightings, while white sand beaches make for ideal sunbathing when you're ready to dry off. Flickr/Garden State Hiker
It's summer all winter in South Africa, so get down to Camps Bay, Cape Town, for a complete reversal of seasons. The stunning beach spills right off of a chic Cape Town neighborhood, with white sand and dramatic surf. Behind, Cape Town's iconic mountains rise sharply; early risers will want to check out the breathtaking hikes. And in between? Beach clubs jutting onto the sand will keep you partying all day; Caprice is a local favorite. Wallix/Shutterstock
For that pura vida experience, you might want to set your sights on Playa Tamarindo in Costa Rica, where the town is small and the beach is laid-back perfection. Max Herman/Shutterstock
Every celebrity and their cousin has been making the pilgrimage to Tulum lately. In particular, Playa Paraiso is where it's at, promising palms, pretty people, and a perfect Mexican getaway. Shutterstock/Patryk Kosmider
If you've never put the Philippines on your must-visit list, think again. White Beach in Boracay is home to some of the world's most idyllic sunsets. Flickr/Deortiz
If you want that full-on "Castaway" experience, Los Roques in Venezuela will deliver on isolation and quiet. All you'll see during your stay is white sand, blue skies, and clear, clear water. Flickr/Alessandro Caproni
Hawaii always brings the magic. Golden-sand Wailea Beach on Maui offers a huge stretch of coastline to stroll, dotted with lava rock and tide pools where you're sure to find a stranded sea star. At the end of the day, splurge on a Mai Tai cocktail at the beachside Four Seasons. Flickr/Mike McCune
Disappear into the deep blue of the Islas del Rosario off the coast of Colombia. The off-the-beaten-track destination is part of a national park, luring visitors who want to take advantage of unsullied snorkeling and swimming opportunities. cesar.castro.g/Flickr
Thailand's Phra Nang will feel a world away from your desk job, with dramatic vegetation-topped stone formations rising out of the green waters. Flickr/Benjamin Vander Steen
The picturesque Beachcomber Island in Fiji has it all. This tiny, round island is ringed with a pristine white-sand beach for plenty of daytime fun. In the evenings, the on-island resort is known for its wild parties. Flickr/p-a-t-r-i-c-k
Australia's Whitsunday Islands are a supremely serene series of sandspits. Try Whitehaven Beach on Hamilton Island — just off the Great Barrier Reef — for the kind of turquoise waters and superior relaxation that only the most remote escapes can bring. CristinaMuraca/Shutterstock
For something a little closer to home, pop over to Playa Flamenco on Puerto Rico's Isla Culebra. As perfect as a painting, Playa Flamenco is a mile-long horseshoe-shaped bay sheltered by an offshore reef and bordered by a wildlife refuge. sailn1/Flickr
You can't get much more remote than Zanzibar. The beaches here are purest white sand and the horizon is endless, dappled only with the occasional local fishing boat. Too quiet? Tack on a few days of Tanzanian safari for a wild escape. Ivan Pavlov/Shutterstock
Praia do Canoa Quebrada, in northeastern Brazil, is a beach just off of a small fishing village where golden sand dunes slide into blue waters. Sip on fresh agua de coco while sunbathing, go sandboarding in the dunes, or try out windsurfing. Otávio Nogueira/Flickr
Or, if urban beach scenes are more your thing, head for Rio de Janeiro's bustling stretch of sand. Leblon Beach is a chic section of waterfront to post up on with a signature caipirinha, or check out Ipanema Beach for prime people watching. Flickr/armandolobos
At Tayrona National Park in Colombia, you'll find secluded beaches that define "tropical," from tall palm trees to teal waters. Take day hikes through the lush vegetation, or snorkel off the reefs and keep an eye out for large rays and lobsters. Jess Kraft/Shutterstock
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