Who said you couldn’t go to the beach during wintertime? Beaches are great environments to go for a walk, go on dates, and even do amazing photo shoots and other activities!

Obviously that activities such as swimming or tanning work better during the hot weather, but beaches are equally as beautiful during winter as they are during the summer.

So, whether you’re a beach lover or you’re just curious about new travel destinations, here we present to you the top 8 beaches you should visit this winter!

1. Mavericks Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

If you’re into surfing and big waves, then this beautiful beach will be a great place to spend a winter day at.

If you’re from San Francisco or near, it only takes about one hour’s drive to get there. Besides that, Mavericks Beach hosts a surfing competition every year, which goes by the name of “Titans of Mavericks.”

However, because this competition depends a lot on weather conditions, the dates can change, and you’ll need to plan things to see the event.

If you’re not a fan of surfing competitions, it’s still a great place to go for a walk, especially if you enjoy watching big waves from high viewpoints!

2. Black sand beach, Iceland

Before you ask, yes, the sand is black. This happens because Iceland has many volcanos, approximately around 130, and some are still active nowadays. Volcanic ashes are the cause for black sand beaches; whenever the molten lava touches the water, there’s a violent reaction that makes the lava transform into black sand in a matter of seconds. This makes the Back Sand beach in Iceland, a volcanic beach.

But don’t worry, the beach is safe to visit, and during winter, it looks even more beautiful, in our opinion.

Besides, if you decide to visit Iceland during this time of the year, you’ll also be able to see all the northern lights, which are easier to see from October to February.

3. Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

If you love to see mother nature in action, visiting Tofino during the stormy season can be super exciting!

Every year, from November to February, many locals and tourists go to Tofino to watch the storms and the power they have when in contact with water.

These storms can bring in amazing big swells and powerful winds that could make you feel scared yet amazed.

If you’re feeling brave, go to Long Beach or if you want to enjoy the view while drinking a warm cup of coffee in a comfortable, warm environment, consider staying at one of the storm-proof hotels such as the Middle Beach Lodge.

4. Lofoten Islands, Norway

Some places are worthy of becoming a timeless painting. The Lofoten Islands in Norway fit the picture!

Even though days are short in Norway, the landscape and mountains of Haukland Beach will leave you speechless.

It’s also a great spot to camp and enjoys the northern lights. Just make sure you find a high place with a beach view. You never know when a sneaky wave might appear! Other beaches that are also incredible and super photogenic are Uttakleiv, Storsandnes Beach, and Myrland.

5. Lake Tahoe, California

Tourists may enjoy this lake during the summer, but in the wintertime, Lake Taho becomes a ski resort for people who enjoy skiing in snow-capped mountains while enjoying beautiful views at the same time.

Besides, you can even stay at those amazing, cozy cabins in the middle of the forest, which only add more magic to this incredible place.

This lake is equally as beautiful during the summer as it is during the winter, so if you live near, we advise you to check it out during different seasons!

6. The Oregon coast

If you’re feeling like going for a road trip, Oregon’s 363 miles of coastline is a great weekend plan to do with your friends or partner.

From going on a treasure hunt to the Haystack Rock, visiting the remains of a shipwreck in Fort Steven State Park, or hiking along the beach of Ecola State Park. The Oregon coastline has many activities to offer, which is why we advise you to go there during a big weekend.

Some cozy hotels that you can stay in are the Hallmark Resort located in Cannon Beach or the Cannery Pier Hotel in Columbia River.

7. The Great Lakes, Canada

If you’re looking for a cinematic experience, go on a trip to Canada and visit the Great Lakes during winter.

Even though these lakes are famous destinations during summer, they’re almost deserted during winter, which makes the ambiance even better for those curious enough to visit during colder days.

If you consider yourself someone who appreciates nature and art, the Great Lakes shores and forest, covered with snow and the amazing accidental ice sculptures that naturally forms around the edges of the lakes, will make you grab your camera and photograph everything until there’s no memory left in your card!

8. Hot Water Beach, New Zealand

What makes this beach special is the amazing geothermal activity. Below the sand, the freshwater gets heated by all the volcanic activity that’s also happening underneath the surface. The result is warm water.

What you’ve got to do is dig your own hot tub! Witch is a little bit of hard work, but worth it! You can bring a shovel with you or rent one at the nearest cafe.

This heated area of the beach is only accessible during low tides, so you must plan ahead.