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10 Island Paradises We’d Love to Escape to Right Now (PHOTOS)

by Mary Fischer on January 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

tropical islandI don't know about you, but I've had a major case of vacation fever ever since the holidays ended. It's absolutely freezing outside. There's snow everywhere. And it gets dark at like 4:30, so day after day, I find myself dreaming about sitting on an exotic island with a tropical drink in my hand, plenty of warm sun on my body, and not a care in the world.

But then I come right back down to reality because I know that jetting off to an island paradise is next to impossible right now, so I'm probably just going to have to settle for taking vacations in my mind. (SO not the same thing, but at least it's something.)

That being said, check out the photos below to see 10 places we'd all probably rather be right now than stuck in this bitter cold.

Come on, take a fake vacation with me for a few minutes. It'll be fun, I promise.

If you could get on a plane and go anywhere right now, where would it be?


Image via chem7/Flickr

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Pink sand beaches, turquoise water, and colorful cottages that are too cute for words. Yes, please.

Image via eGuide Travel/Flickr

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  • Megan...
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    Megan Small

    January 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM
    Dear Mary, Thank you for this article. I needed a little mental vacation today too. Sometimes it's nice to read something light and fun, especially during the cold dark winter. I'm lucky enough to be moving to the island of Oahu in March so I won't have to dream about this very soon. But my favorite tropical paradise I ever visited was probably Palau.
  • RMT1995


    January 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM
    I'm headed to the Caribbean in April, it can't come fast enough. I wouldn't bother going to Bermuda in the winter, it's not THAT warm... at least not for me. Like 60s? Definitely not swimming or sunbathing weather, which I would insist on if I'm paying to go there in the winter!
  • jalaz77


    January 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM
    Love this!!! We were suppose to do Jamaica this winter but am pregnant and would rather use my Vaca towards my maternity leave.
  • Kzint...


    January 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Great pictures!  I'm looking into going to St. Lucia sometime in the spring or early summer and am so looking forward to a tropical getaway!

  • RobynS


    January 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    crying I haven't been to the beach in more than 10 years! My kids have never been. Oh, how I miss the ocean!!

  • RobynS


    January 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Of the places pictured, I've only been to Key West. St. John and Fiji both look VERY enticing! :)

  • bcraine


    January 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I want to go to the beach!

  • bcraine


    January 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM


  • Saman...


    March 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM


  • count...


    March 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    I haven't been to any of these places so I would happily go to any of them!

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