Discover the 10 most beautiful travel destinations for bathing holidays in winter

The best way to escape the winter blues? Get on the plane and head towards summer! Here you swap your winter coat for a T-shirt and cozy socks for flip-flops. 

Sun, sand and sea – for many this is the epitome of relaxation. When it’s cold and dark in Central Europe, we most long for a bathing holiday on the beach. We introduce you to the most beautiful places to celebrate Christmas in a bikini!

Table of Contents

  • Aruba – the Caribbean dream
  • Oman – Swimming in the desert
  • Kap Verde – Ring, Ring, Ring
  • Thailand – bathing vacation in the land of smiles
  • Brazil – from party miles to romantic bay
  • Mauritius – Pearl of the Indian Ocean
  • Maldives – diving in paradise
  • Seychelles – the most beautiful beaches in the world
  • Australia – feeding tame dolphins
  • India – with the sacred cows on the beach

Aruba – the Caribbean dream

Hotel beaches have taken over the beautiful Oranjestad Lagoon, Aruba - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

Alabaster beaches and turquoise seas are the main attractions of ABC island Aruba . The beaches of the popular honeymoon destination are among the most beautiful in the entire Caribbean. The water is pleasantly warm all year round and the powdery coral sand never gets too hot for barefoot beach walks.

Palm trees and the crooked Divi Divi trees provide shade and form a paradisiacal backdrop. The most beautiful place to bathe is on Aruba’s west coast, while divers and snorkelers will find fantastic underwater worlds on the rocky east coast.

Oman – Swimming in the desert

A bizarre work of art on the beach of Masirah Island against a breathtaking backdrop, Oman - © FLASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

Oman in the south of the Arabian Peninsula is best known as a desert state with camels and Bedouins. Nevertheless, a bathing holiday in Oman is highly recommended – all year round. The average air temperature never drops below 25°C and the sea is at its coolest in January – but then still at a comfortable 23°C.

The bathing opportunities in Oman are more diverse than many might think: deserted, fine sandy bays await on the coast of the Persian Gulf, miles of hotel beaches and hidden pools that create wonderful green oases in the middle of dry wadis .

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Kap Verde – Ring, Ring, Ring

On the island of Maio, glistening beaches shimmer under the African sun, promising absolute solitude, Cape Verde - © Piotr G / Shutterstock
© Piotr G / Shutterstock

Conditions are similar on the Cape Verde island of Sal. If you really just want to swim, this is the place for you. The flat, dry island of Sal is also considered a desert island with hardly any shade or greenery – but it offers lots of sun and fantastic beaches . The most beautiful is in the tourist stronghold of Santa Maria , where you can also party.

Boa Vista is also considered a wonderful bathing island. Its 55 km long beaches are among the most beautiful beaches in Cape Verde . Shipwrecks, water sports and diving stations make a bathing holiday on Boa Vista an experience. Or you can simply relax in a hammock at sunset!

The third Cape Verde bathing island is Maio . Apart from a lot of sand and sea, there are hardly any sights on the remote island. But that’s enough in our opinion. The sleepy towns set amidst coconut and acacia forests offer basic accommodation and deliver on their promise of tranquility and solitude . The heavenly tranquility is ideal for thoughtful souls, bathing beauties and bookworms.

Thailand – bathing vacation in the land of smiles

Many of the beautiful beaches on Phi Phi Islands cannot be reached on foot, only by longtail boat, Thailand - © adisa / Fotolia
© adisa / Fotolia

There is hardly a place on the beautiful coast of the Andaman Sea that would not be perfect for a bathing holiday in Thailand. White beaches under emerald green palm trees on the crystal clear sea let those looking for relaxation shine in the land of smiles.

The most popular bathing destinations in Thailand include the magical Phi Phi Islands in the province of Krabi , the enchanting rocky islands of the Ao Phang Nga National Park or the dream islands of Koh Pha-ngan and Koh Samui .

Brazil – from party miles to romantic bay

Praia da Pipa, one of the most beautiful beach spots in the world - surf, dolphins, blue skies, sun and sand all year round, Brazil - © Flavio Oliveira / Shutterstock
© Flavio Oliveira / Shutterstock

Anyone planning a beach holiday in Brazil can do almost nothing wrong. Almost the entire coastline of Brazil consists of beautiful tropical beaches straight out of a picture book .

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In addition to the overcrowded Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro , probably the most famous beach in Brazil, there are numerous other beaches that are less well known but just as beautiful.

There are 150 kilometers of dream beaches (!) to discover on the Linha Verde , around Salvador da Bahia the “real life of Brazil” pulsates, Natal and the surrounding area attracts with over 300 days of sunshine a year and near Manaus there is a fantastic freshwater beach with the Praia Ponta Negra .

Mauritius – Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Hotel beach on the extensive sandy beach of the village of Flic en Flac in western Mauritius - © Pawel Kazmierczak / Shutterstock
© Pawel Kazmierczak / Shutterstock

Mauritius  is considered one of the world’s most beautiful beach holiday destinations . Above all , no Mauritius holidaymaker can avoid the magnificent Flic en Flac beach . The island’s most beautiful (and expensive) hotels are now located in what used to be a sleepy coastal village .

The enchanting lagoon is protected by a magnificent coral reef that makes divers’ dreams come true. No wonder Flic en Flac is the second most popular tourist destination in Mauritius after Grand Baie.

Maldives – diving in paradise

A sunny beach on Kuredu Island in Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives - © Ljupco Smokovski / Shutterstock
© Ljupco Smokovski / Shutterstock

The paradisiacal Lhaviyani Atoll of the Maldives consists of 54 different islands . It is the smallest atoll in the Maldives and stands above all for rest and relaxation far away from mass tourism . Beautiful dive sites on the outer reef provide variety under water when swimming and sunbathing should get boring.

By the way, there is even more seclusion on the island of Alimatha . This tiny island has only one resort right on the ivory-colored sandy beach – including rays and sharks on the house reef.

Seychelles – the most beautiful beaches in the world

At the northernmost point of La Digue, Seychelles is Anse Patates with powder soft sand and gorgeous coral scenery - © kubais / Shutterstock
© kubais / Shutterstock

The beaches of the Seychelles are indisputably among the most beautiful in the world. Its trademark is the extremely photogenic granite boulders scattered seemingly at random on the fine sand. The turquoise blue sea and the lush green palm trees complete the epitome of a tropical holiday paradise .

Each island in the Seychelles has its advantages and dream beaches are everywhere. The main island of Mahe is the busiest , but those who just want to soak up the sun and sea are best off on Praslin or La Digue . On the latter is also the famous Anse Source d’Argent, known worldwide from the Raffaello and Bacardi advertisements.

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Australia – feeding tame dolphins

Discover the 10 most beautiful travel destinations for bathing holidays in winter
© ezk / franks-travelbox

Huge Australia , an entire continent as an island, boasts a multitude of stunning beaches. The Australian winter from April to September is usually described as the best travel time for Down Under, since neither heat above 35°C nor heavy rainfall are to be expected here. Popular bathing destinations are then Noosa , Broome or Cairns on the fantastic Great Barrier Reef , the largest coral reef in the world.

However, this applies primarily to the east and north. In the west and especially in the south , the climate is perfect for a winter bathing holiday even in the Australian summer (October to March) with temperatures around 30°C . Highly recommended are the lonely bays along the Great Ocean Road or Tin Can Bay on Fraser Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where dolphins eat out of your hand.

India – with the sacred cows on the beach

Palolem Beach in Goa, India is an absolutely gorgeous tropical sandy beach - © Mikhail Nekrasov / Shutterstock
© Mikhail Nekrasov / Shutterstock

The coasts of the Indian Ocean lure in the European winter with wonderful bathing weather. When the monsoon is over, sunshine dominates in southern India from October to April.

A wonderful destination then, for example, are the beaches of Goa , which are famous for the high quality of their sand. The 100 km long coastline of the finest sand is also called the “Indian Riviera” and is only interrupted by 7 rivers that flow into the Arabian Sea.

Formerly populated mainly by hippies, the beach houses, hotels and bars on the paradisiacal beaches are now bustling with activity at all times of the day and night . Nevertheless, there are some almost untouched spots to be found here, such as Betul Beach or Palolem Beach.

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Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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