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Winter is here, which means as much as we try to embrace the cold and up our game, we still find ourselves dreaming of trading snow for sand. With this in mind, we came up with an ultimate list of our favorite beaches that will make you forget about winter entirely. The best part? They’re all in the Caribbean, which means you could fly in the morning and be on the beach, drink in hand, by lunchtime. So what are you waiting for?
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Shoal Bay, Anguilla
Anguilla’s most famous beach–for a reason. Soft sand, clear waters, non-touristy bars and restaurants, and private resorts that help you get beach without the crowds. An offshore reef is ideal for snorkelers and divers of all levels.
Get there: Now that the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on St. Maarten has partially re-opened (air-conditioned tents are still in use while the main terminal is repaired), there are four, ten-minute flights per day to the tiny Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) on Anguilla. A half-hour ferry also runs from Marigot in St. Martin throughout the day. The beach is a fifteen-minute drive to the north shore from the center of the island.
The Instagram moment: That blindingly white shore. It’s broad—more than a mile long—and contains tiny fragments of pure white shell, which add a distinctive sheen to the entire beach.
Galleon Beach, Antigua
Facing Freeman's Bay and the imposing 18th-century, British-built Fort Berkeley. A peaceful, uncrowded spot perfect for swimming, kayaking, and sailing a sunfish over to historic Nelson's Dockyard.
Get there: V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) is served by almost all U.S. carriers, as well as U.K.-based British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Galleon Beach is a 40-minute drive to the southern shores of Antigua.
The Instagram moment: Hike or drive up to Shirley Heights, a restored military lookout, for views all the way to Falmouth Harbour (and a live steel band BBQ on Sundays).
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