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In pictures: totally tropical winter sun

Sun, sea, sand... escape the winter with our stunning collection of beautiful beaches and exotic holiday destinations.

1. Hawaii

Hawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world. If you recognise the Na Pali coast, it’s probably because it stood in for Isla Nubar in Jurassic Park.

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Na Pali coast, Hawaii

2. Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand

Great granite cliffs in crazy formations back sandy beaches. Go sea kayaking and find a beach for yourself. And why not extend your stay with a tour around the North Island? Auckland has tonnes of things to do, including the chance to throw yourself off a tower.

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Abel Tasman National Park

3. Jeju, South Korea

Perhaps thanks to Loveland, Jeju is a honeymooners’ favourite, but the island boasts natural beauty as well as odd sculptures of people’s bits! Head this way to see more of the world’s best honeymoon destinations.

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Jeju island, South Korea

4. Gili Meno, Lombok, Indonesia

Tropical getaway Gili Meno is one of the three Gili Islands off the much larger island of Lombok in Indonesia. And Lombok features as one of our 10 amazing places you won’t believe exist on Earth.

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Gili Meno, Lombok

5. Cozumel, Mexico

Lying off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Cozumel’s Caribbean waters are scuba diving nirvana.

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Cozumel, Mexico

6. Nassau, The Bahamas

The Junkanoo street parade is the mother of all parties. It takes place across the Bahamas at New Year, but one of the wildest happenings is to be found on New Providence Island in Nassau – just one of our picks for where to go in January.

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7. Madagascar

Madagascar’s varied landscape features everything from desert to tropical forests, and some stunning beaches, too. It’s also home to a unique mix of flora and fauna, including some of the world’s most endangered animals.

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8. Tam Coc National Park, Vietnam

With its surreal karst scenery, Tam Cốc-Bích Động is a much-visited tourist destination near Ninh Bình in northern Vietnam. Guides take you to see the natural sights, including stunning caves, in rowing boats. Vietnam is fairly inexpensive, too: it’s one of our 21 cheap countries to visit for a low cost holiday.

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Tam Coc National Park, Vietnam

9. Bazaruto island, Mozambique

Bazaruto is a sandy island off the coast of Mozambique that’s home to a large population of dugong, or sea cows – the only such population in the Indian Ocean. Bazaruto also happened to be the location for the ITV game show Prize Island.

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Bazaruto, Mozambique

10. Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands that forms part of Pernambuco state in Brazil. Only one of the islands is inhabited, and the chain has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its environmental importance. It has some stunning beaches, but Brazil has plenty more where they came from.

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Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil

11. The Maldives

The Maldives consists of nearly 1,200 islands spread across 90,000 square kilometres of the Indian Ocean – and when it comes to idyllic isles ringed by white-sand beaches, you’re spoilt for choice.

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The Maldives

12. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

At more than 10,000 square kilometres, the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat. The seemingly unending expanse of white leads to an almost hallucinatory experience – especially after rain, when the sky reflects so perfectly off the flooded plain that it’s hard to tell up from down.

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

13. Rio Celeste, Costa Rica

In the mountains of northwestern Costa Rica, the Rio Celeste flows down a waterfall and into a pool so luminously blue that it almost doesn’t seem real. The vivid turquoise is attributed to volcanic minerals absorbed by the flow of water.

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Costa Rica

14. Bagan, Myanmar

The thousand-year-old city of Bagan in Myanmar consisted of around 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries, of which more than 2,000 still survive today. They provide a mind-blowing spectacle of temples thrusting through the greenery for as far as the eye can see.

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Bagan, Myanmar

15. Goa, India

A former Portuguese territory, Goa became a well-known stop on the hippy trail in the 1970s. Nowadays it’s been inundated with British and Russian tourists – but if you head far enough north, you’ll still find the odd hippy enclave next to a perfect, palm-fringed beach.

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Goa, India

Here are a few more ideas for wonderful winter breaks:

10 cheap winter sun destinations

Think you have to go far to find winter UV? Think again… Here are 10 places just a few hours from the UK that will let you top up your winter tan – and the off-season flight prices won’t set you back an arm and a leg.

Where to go for guaranteed winter sun

Winter getting you down? If you can’t stand the cold, why not jet off somewhere the sun is currently shining? Fly south to one of our top picks for winter sun and you’ll be topping up that tan before you know it.

Late deals of the week

Sometimes it’s hard to find the best deal, so we’ve pulled together cheap breaks, flights and accommodation so you don’t have to do the hard work!

*Published June 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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