Got Beach Fever? Winter Somewhere Beautiful…

By Kristin Braswell

Over the last few months, I’ve visited quite a few beaches around the world. Ditching the winter for a moment to sink my toes in the sand is always welcome. Despite, visiting numerous places, I never tire of the ocean, the people or the vibes. Here are five beaches that have their own unique charm and are worth visiting, especially after this good-day, bad-day winter.

1. Maracas Bay Beach, TRINIDAD: This beach is located on the north side of the island and a common resting ground after a day or night of partying during carnival. Dotted with leaning palm trees and soft sand, Maracas is best enjoyed with a shark and bake from Richard’s up the road and an icy Carib beer to wash the food down with. Make sure to play some soca while you’re at it.

2. Horseshoe Bay, BERMUDA: I dream of this beach at least once a year, so when I returned recently for a weekend trip, it was no surprise that everything was just as I had remembered: soft pink sand, unreasonably clear blue water and private coves to lay your read for a nice nap.

3. Flamenco Beach, PUERTO RICO: Located on the small island of Culebra, Flamingo Beach is virtually untouched by people or vendors. Grab a beer at one of the kiosks and dig your feet into the soft white sand. The waves are strong and the stillness of the beach is stronger. Enjoy it.

4. Playa Bullolo, TENERIFE: The black sand beaches of this Spanish island are surreal. It is located in a secluded bay near Puerto de la Cruz. It is surrounded by dramatic cliffs and has one beach café.

5. Morgan’s Rock Beach, NICARAGUA: I saw the most beautiful sunset on this beach, as well as a few sea turtles making their way to the ocean. It’s easy to have this beach all to yourself, and the lush jungle surrounding it is sure to expose a few sloths and howler monkeys to entertain you, too.

Before you go, pack your perfect travel and beach companions!