The gorgeous beaches of Tulum — Photo courtesy of tjschloss
Depending on what area of the world you live in, there comes a point when the winter cold becomes intolerable. Take a beach vacation to one of these chill-out spots during the less than perfect times of the year. Even if you don't live in a frigid area and you simply crave the sand between your toes, there's a beach resort for you no matter what the season. You'll be grinning from ear to ear, basking in the sun, while your friends back home fight off the frostbite.
From January to March, consider destinations like Tulum, Montezuma, or even Baja California. The months of April and May are particularly ideal for visiting South American tropical beaches, such as those found along the coast of Brazil. Summertime, head off to the Mediterranean, or (of course) any of America's Atlantic coasts. In the fall and early winter, the beaches of Fiji and Portugal are in their prime tourist season, and in December, Southern Thailand offers some of the best beach combing and lounging on the globe.