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When Dreaming of Winter Getaways, Dream Big with the World’s Best Beaches

Don't succumb to the winter blahs. Pick the most perfect beach and pack your bags instead.

As the first signs of winter take hold, it’s inevitable that you, office warrior, will start dreaming of crystal blue waters, crisp, cool cocktails, and white sand between your toes. We know the dream. We have the same dream.

While we love the quick getaways accessible by Billy Bishop Airport, there’s really no matching a knockout tropical holiday. If you’re contemplating jetting off somewhere beachy-fabulous – be it off the beaten path, world-class famous, or rugged and wild – then this list of the world’s best beaches is for you.

Compiled by FlightNetwork and selected by 632 of the world’s top travel professionals, this first-annual list traverses the globe from Australia to the postcard-worthy shores of Africa, Europe, North, Central and South America, Caribbean, Asia and everywhere in between.

While there is lots to explore in this list, and plenty of vacation dreams to entertain, here is a sneak peek at the top five most pine-worthy stretches of sea and sand. For the full list, head over to FlightNetwork's ranking of The World's 50 Best Beaches.

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Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos.

No.1: Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Beach, in Turks and Caicos is the most iconic and awe-inspiring stretch of sand in the world, and you’ll know you’ve set foot on one of the most spectacular beaches the moment you arrive. The protective and remarkably colorful barrier reef, which sits 1.6 kilometres off the shore, keeps the ocean swells at bay, making Grace Bay one of the most ideal places to soak in warm Atlantic waters. Swimmers enjoy consistent plush sands without the annoyance of rocks, seaweed or pollution. Those looking for a truly unforgettable underwater adventure can take the short boat ride to the barrier reef just minutes away. With sunny skies roughly 319 days a year, this island opens its welcoming arms to visitors year round with delicious sands that wrap you in luxury and clearest waters that beckon you to dive in.

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Whitehaven Beach, Australia.

No. 2: Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Whitehaven Beach will make you believe in love at first sight. Composed of 98-percent silica, the sand here is some of the whitest on Earth. But the baby-powder-like sand isn’t all that makes every visit to this piece of paradise one to remember. Visitors can only access this 7 kilometers of coastline along the warm, clear waters of the Coral Sea by helicopter or seaplane to experience this spectacular island. Seeing all of that untouched natural beauty from above will make you believe in a tropical utopia with glowing sands and crystalline beaches. Situated on Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands with an always comforting 27°C temperature, this stretch of sand backed by tree-covered mountains is a heaven on earth which one must see to believe.

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Anse Lazio, Seychelles.

No. 3: Anse Lazio, Seychelles

Anse Lazio in Seychelles places each visitor into their own tropical paradise with soft, golden sand and sunlit atmosphere. Crystal clear water and lush coconut palms backed by granite boulders create a setting that feels more like a dream than real life. Anse Lazio is recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, known for its picturesque views and vivid colors. The saturated waters wrap each swimmer in a teal dream while the dark green palms frame the golden sunset. The magnificent stretch of coastline offers a tropical oasis for every traveler whether they prefer vigorous activities or serene environments. Waters at an average 27°C draw visitors in for days spent snorkeling and swimming while the warm 28°C weather presents the perfect opportunity for exploration, activities, or a rest on pillow-like sands with a mimosa in hand.

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Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

No. 4: Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

Pink Sands Beach has a fairytale-like name, and you’ll understand why when you set foot on the beautifully colored sands. The nearly 5 kilometres of stunning coastline, saturated in golden sun and pink plush ground, will plant itself in your memory forever. Harbour Island in the Bahamas is home to inviting stretches of coastline and mellow waters protected by an offshore coral reef. This portion of the island is an especially dreamy part, known for its pale pink sand made from the bright red and pink shells of the microscopic Foraminifera insects.  The color contrasts and meshes with the turquoise waterline, creating sunrise and sunset colors that are unlike anything else you’ll see in your lifetime.

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Navagio Beach, Greece.

No. 5: Navagio Beach, Greece

Navagio Beach in Greece will dazzle your tropical dreams into reality as blue and white beauty immesh to create a shipwrecked oasis. In fact, you will not be able to get the clear, crystal blue waters and fine gravel sand off your mind for decades to come. The remoteness of the island only adds to the spectacular and unique atmosphere of Navagio on Zakynthos Island. The baby blue waters and towering golden cliffs absolutely enchant travelers with its exotic features and atmosphere. The shipwrecked Freightliner MV Panagiotis, washed on the gravel beach, only adds to the uniqueness of the paradise. The crisp 19°C weather and 20°C water welcome visitors into a new kind of tropical island meant to be experienced through vivid sights and slow strolls. Ethereal views capture your attention as you travel to the beach by sea, slowly becoming overawed by the beauty of this small island.

Beach reviews reprinted with the permission of FlightNetwork.

Published Friday, December 1st 2017

Header image credit: Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas; Courtesy FlightNetwork

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