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9 remote beach destinations to dream about this winter

By: Josh Lew on Dec. 9, 2014, 5:32 p.m.
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Winter warmer

The cold weather is setting in, which means we've resigned ourselves to wearing a coat and hat for next three or four months. The first cold snap of the season always brings on the shivers, but there's a silver lining to the chill: It inspires dreams of sunny tropical beaches.

When blizzards and ice storms become the norm, any place where the temperature is above 70 degrees seems attractive. But if you're dreaming big, the perfect winter getaway involves a remote stretch of seashore where the weather is warm and your only companions are the waves, the sand and a big bottle of sunscreen — and perhaps a beverage of your choice. Here are nine remote beach destinations that are hard to reach but easy to fall in love with. (Text: Josh Lew)