Best Beach Getaways in the World

If you're feeling weary of winter, tired of looking out the window at snow, ice or rain, gray skies and bare trees, it might be time for a warm vacation. Another round of storms is rolling across the U.S. Instead of slogging through slush and cold, imagine you could be trailing your toes in the warm sand of a tropical beach, palm trees swaying in the breeze. 

To help you along to your sunny getaway, we searched Booking.com's destination finder for the best beach destinations in the world. The spots chosen by the number of endorsements for beaches on the site. 

Even if you can't get away, it might warm you up to look at the pictures. Here are some of the best beaches in the world:

Barcelona
Barcelona

Barcelona

76,371 endorsements for beaches on Booking.com

Barcelona's tourism site says the Costa de Barcelona has 28 Blue Flag award beaches. They're accessible and have Wi-Fi. And it's Barcelona, so of course there's plenty of other things to do.

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Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

52,098 endorsements

Picture that warm beach by day and exciting nightlife after dark. The Brazilian city of over 6 million is both historic and modern. Rio is famous for its Christ the Redeemer statue, Carnival (which runs right now through Feb. 18, so hurry!), rain forests, museums, gardens, stunning views, and of course beaches, which include Copacabana, Prainha Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach, the longest beach in Brazil.

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Miami Beach, Fla.
Miami Beach, Fla.

Miami Beach, Fla.

43,589 endorsements

Famous for its Art Deco architecture, this island city is connected to the city of Miami only by bridges. Besides beaches, enjoy fine dining, lively nightlife, spas, fishing, tennis and golf.

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Gold Coast, Australia
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast, Australia

33,177 endorsements

Queensland's Gold Coast city is known for its long sandy beaches and surfing. It also has plenty of theme parks, including Sea World. There's a suburb actually called Surfers Paradise, with bikini-clad meter maids.

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Búzios, Brazil
Búzios, Brazil

Búzios, Brazil

25,432 endorsements

This upscale Brazilian resort is on an ocean peninsula on a calm bay east of Rio de Janeiro.

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Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

20,288 endorsements

This long-time favorite beach and golf resort has white sand beaches popular for swimming, water sports and sea shell collecting.There are plenty of restaurants and hotels.

Photo: James Kirkikis/Shutterstock

Málaga, Spain
Málaga, Spain

Málaga, Spain

21,418 endorsements

In southern Spain on the Costa del Sol, Málaga features golden-sand swimming beaches.

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Natal, Brazil
Natal, Brazil

Natal, Brazil

19,987 endorsements

Natal is situated near the 'shoulder' of South America and is becoming increasingly popular year round as a vacation spot for Europeans. It's also a favorite destination for surfers. The area is well known for its amazing dunes and the beaches are among Brazil's finest, Natal's tourism site boasts.

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Fortaleza, Brazil
Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza, Brazil

18,682 endorsements

Fortaleza is most famous for its beaches, which feature red cliffs, palm trees, dunes and lagoons. It is in northeastern Brazil. Peak periods include summer (December to February) which is hot and dry, and June to August.

Photo: Alessio Moiola/Shutterstock

Porto De Galinhas, Brazil
Porto De Galinhas, Brazil

Porto De Galinhas, Brazil

17,501 endorsements

If you like bright clear water, white sand, turquoise skies and quiet evenings, this is the beach destination for you. Located in the municipality of Ipojuca, 70 kilometers from Recife, the beach features natural pools filled with colorful fish.

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Alicante, Spain
Alicante, Spain

Alicante, Spain

16,291 endorsements

This port city on Spain's southeastern coast is touted as a sports destination, from water sports to golf. It is the jumping-off point of the Volvo Ocean Race, a round-the-world yacht race.

Photo: Iakov Filimonov/Shutterstock

Cancún, Mexico
Cancún, Mexico

Cancún, Mexico

14,968 endorsements

Besides its world-famous beaches on the Caribbean Sea, Cancún, located on Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, is well known for its golf, shopping, dining, entertainment. It is a popular starting point for excursions to some of the ruins of the Mayan civilization.

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Maceió, Brazil
Maceió, Brazil

Maceió, Brazil

14,353 endorsements

The capital of the state Alagoas in northeastern Brazil, Maceió has white sand beaches with swaying palm trees, water sports and amenities. The city has colorful colonial architecture.

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Salvador, Brazil
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador, Brazil

14,211 endorsements

Lonely Planet describes Salvador as a "living museum" of 17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches. The city of nearly 3 million people is known for its Portuguese colonial architecture, Afro-Brazilian culture and tropical coastline.

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Torremolinos, Spain
Torremolinos, Spain

Torremolinos, Spain

13,523 endorsements

Another city on Spain's Costa del Sol, this Mediterranean resort town has several sandy beaches, high-rise hotels, golf courses and active night life. Above, the ocean-front walk on Bajondillo Beach in Torremolinos.

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Honolulu
Honolulu

Honolulu

13,372 endorsements

Hawai'i's capital and home to world-famous Waikiki Beach, Honolulu and the island of Oahu are rich in culture and history. With the stunning Leahi (Diamond Head) as a backdrop, it's one of the most beautiful beach settings in the world. 

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Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia

13,371 endorsements

Kuta is a beach and resort area in the south of the island of Bali. It is a popular tourist destination and known for its surfing. Above, tourists enjoy the sunset at a bar on Kuta beach. The island is famous for its nightlife.

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Salou, Spain
Salou, Spain

Salou, Spain

13,227 endorsements

The Salou Tourism Board's slogan is "Europe's beach." It touts the city as a hotspot for water sports and beaches for families, couples, and visitors of all ages. Above, Levant Beach in Salou.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen

12,997 endorsements

In Mexico's state of Quintana Roo on the Caribbean, Playa del Carmen features white sand beaches great for swimming, water sports and plenty of resorts and tourist amenities.

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Phi Phi Don, Thailand
Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Phi Phi Don, Thailand

12,183 endorsements

Visitors love Maya Bay and Monkey Beach on this island, according to Booking.com. Nearby beaches include Dalam Bay and Ton Sai Bay -- both good for swimming -- and they have food and drink nearby. Phi Phi Don is the main island of an archipelago and has some popular dive sites.

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Ocean City, Md.
Ocean City, Md.

Ocean City, Md.

12,367 endorsements

If you're looking for a warm winter getaway, keep looking; the weather here is in the 30s and 40s in February. But in summer, this Maryland resort town comes alive with its boardwalk, restaurants, shops, hotels and theme-park attractions.

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Lido di Jesolo, Italy
Lido di Jesolo, Italy

Lido di Jesolo, Italy

12,123 endorsements

This 9-mile beach is near Venice, on the Adriatic Sea. It has plenty of water sports, pizzerias, a seafront promenade, a water park and a bit of a party reputation. Jesolo's International Festival of Sand Sculptures, above, attracts sand sculpture artists from all over the world, and takes place this year during May.

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Sitges, Spain
Sitges, Spain

Sitges, Spain

11,552 endorsements

Beaches here such as Platja Anquines, Platja de la Ribera and Platja de Sant Sebasti offer food and drink, swimming, and great views of the sunset, according to Booking.com.

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Lagos, Portugal
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos , Portugal

11,655 endorsements

In the Algarve region of Portugal, Lagos is known for its cliffs and walled town. Wooden steps lead to the sandy cove of Praia do Camilo, above.

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Lloret de Mar, Spain
Lloret de Mar, Spain

Lloret de Mar, Spain

11,484 endorsements

The resort town of Lloret de Mar is set in the stunning, rugged Costa Brava Coast north of Barcelona.

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João Pessoa, Brazil
João Pessoa, Brazil

João Pessoa, Brazil

11,439 endorsements

The capital of the state of Paraíba is the easternmost city in the Americas, and one of the oldest cities in Brazil, dating back to 1585. Because of its eastern extreme, you'll be first to see the sunrise from the beach. It has 12 miles of beachfront.

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Doha, Qatar
Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar

11,041 endorsements

Beaches in Qatar's capital city on the Arabian Gulf have no shortage of amenities and luxury hotels. The beaches are just a small part of the attraction of this wealthy city, rich with both traditional and modern features.

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San Andrés, Colombia
San Andrés, Colombia

San Andrés, Colombia

10,891 endorsements

This is a great place for beaches, relaxation, and snorkeling. Nearby beaches include rocky Cay, Cocoplum and Sound Bay, great for swimming, watching the sunset, and collecting seashells.

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Seminyak, Indonesia
Seminyak, Indonesia

Seminyak, Indonesia

10,575 endorsements

Seminyak is Bali's most stylish and upscale beach resort area, home to some of the island's most luxurious resorts and upscale dining and shopping.

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Punta del Este, Uruguay
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este, Uruguay

10,430 endorsements

There are several sandy beaches here, popular for all kinds of activities, and rocky beaches as well. Visitors love it for the scenery and tranquility. It's a popular resort town in South America; the area of 220,000 residents gets over a million tourists year round.

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Ao Nang Beach, Thailand
Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

Ao Nang Beach, Thailand: 

10,324 endorsements

The scenery is stunning. Lonely Planet advises focusing on the beaches, as the unchecked development in Ao Nang has made the rest of it a little "trashy."

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