It’s time to start planning those summer vacations and I know what’s first on my list- visiting the beach! Take some inspiration from these truly magical places from around the world. The white sand and turquoise waters will give you motivation to make it through the long winter… and maybe hit the gym a couple times!

Sandy Cay, British Virgin Islands

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A shallow reef makes Sandy Cay the perfect beach destination for snorkelers. The small nature preserve is known for it’s immaculate, untouched beaches and lush greenery. Stay in one of many all-inclusive resorts on nearby islands of Jost Van Dyke and Tortola for a once-in-a-lifetime experience full of sunshine and crystal blue water.

Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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If you thought you saw monkeys swinging from the dense trees at the edge of the beach, you’re probably right! At Playa Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica, the natural wonders are no joke. Follow a trail through the forest to find a long, sandy beach that tops the lists. And make sure you stay for the sunset- the views of forested islands mixed with the deep hues make it a site to remember forever.

Phuket, Thailand

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Did someone just say beachfront massages?? In Phuket, Thailand it’s common for resorts to offer such luxurious amenities. The island, made from numerous bays and cays, provide pristine and private beaches all along the waterfront. It’s easy to fall in love with the friendly locals and beautiful turquoise waters.

Elafonissi Beach, Greece

top beach destinations for 2016 Elafonissi Beach, GreeceParadise is found at Elafonissi Beach in Greece. Not only is the water the lightest shade of blue, the sand is also tinged pink. The contrast is truly breathtaking and will leave you with wanderlust for many years to come. And as a protected nature reserve, you know that your new favorite vacation spot will be just as beautiful as when you first visited.

Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia

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Known as a small island with a plethora of adventures, Bora Bora is the perfect getaway for anyone who needs to relax this summer. Explore the island by booking a 4×4 tour or scuba diving in the natural underwater park. The schools of fish and colorful corals will keep you coming back for more! Many resorts provide all-inclusive packages or you can rent a private beach-front home to keep your vacation as relaxed as possible.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia

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If you’re looking for a holiday that takes you far away from the crowds and deep into the untouched beauty of nature, Whitehaven Beach on the Whitsunday Islands just might be the right spot for you. Accessed by boat via Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour, and Hamilton Island, Whitehaven Beach is completely free from tourist shops, loud restaurants, or clusters of houses. It’s blissful!

Created by Mandy Burkholder