Chase the sun to find the best beach destinations

If you’re dreaming of a white sand beach, crystalline waters and the gentle lap of the surf against the shore, don’t despair. It may be winter in the UK but there’s still a huge array sun-drenched beaches waiting for you. In the summer you can rely on Europe for some of the best beaches in the world, but for the colder months, look to Australia, Asia, Africa and even Spain for sun, sand and sea. For a taste of paradise, try the Cook Islands in Oceania.