Warning: this list might depress you. If you’re stuck in the depths of winter or in some drab town far from the coast, looking at these tantalizing pictures might be painful. Or they might be just the antidote you need to make it through the dreary day. There’s something about that seductive blend of sun, surf and sand that lures you in and lifts your soul. Including tropical stretches, cozy coves, dramatic caves and exotic shores, here are 17 beckoning beaches that are among the most bewitching on the planet. If only there was a teleport button that could take you there in an instant.
1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
With 12 miles of powdery white sand and impossibly turquoise waters, Grace Bay is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, golf courses and shops in the area, but when you’re on this beach it’s like you’re a million miles away from everything.