10 best beaches to beat the winter blues

Photo: Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia (Photo: Thinkstock)

Sure, snow is pretty and skiing is fun. But sometimes, deep in January and February, winter can start to seem endless. Folks dream of blue skies, days flooded with sunshine, and glorious scenery. Here are 10 places to go to escape the winter blues, in every corner of the world.

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
For a great beach scene just 4 miles from central Sydney

Put simply, Bondi Beach rocks. It draws the rich and famous— Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman—as well as some 40,000 other visitors on summer weekends (December through February). Towering waves attract surfers from all over the world. Rent a beach umbrella, go topless if you like, and enjoy the scene. You may also spot whales rolling past, and see adorable fairy penguins toddle across the sand. Bondi is only four miles from downtown Sydney, where you can climb the iconic “coat hanger” Sydney Harbour Bridge for 360 degree views, tour the opera house, explore the shops in The Rocks, and dine in style.

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