Best beaches 2015 include sexiest and most romantic

The Travel Channel has released their list of Best Beaches 2015. (Nikolay Okhitin/shutterstock.com)

The Travel Channel has released their list of Best Beaches 2015. (Nikolay Okhitin/shutterstock.com)

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A panel of 'beach experts' that includes a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and professional kitesurfer has helped determine a list of the world's best beaches for families, romance and people watching.

With the US northeast in the throes of Winter Storm Neptune, the Travel Channel has released the results of its annual Best Beach Awards 2015 just in time to offer the winter-weary a virtual, seaside escape ahead of spring break.

For those shopping for an adult-only beach that offers a pulsing nightlife and teeny polka dot bikinis, head to Miami, Florida, which snagged the title of sexiest beach.

"Soft sand, beautiful warm water, interesting people, volleyball and fun spots to go to for a bite or a beverage nearby," says swimsuit model Nina Agdal.

Another plus? "...it's acceptable to wear tiny bikinis."

Couples seeking a romantic, tropical escapade may want to head to Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands, which was named the most romantic beach for its hidden coves, luxurious resorts, and "barefoot elegance."

And for sun-seekers looking for a beach destination that's far from the madding crowds, consider the best beach you've never heard of, Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, suggests Travel Channel.

As the deepest lake in Central America, Lake Atitlan is located in the highlands of Guatemala in a volcanic crater and has been called one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

"Nestled in the valley of 3 volcanoes (one of them still active), you'll not only take in peaceful volcanic views, but also absorb the vibrant pink, yellow and blue colors of the surrounding vegetation."

Here are some of the other beach award winners:

Best Unusual Beach: Red Beach, Santorini, Greece
Best Family Beach: Seaside, Florida
Best Beach for Adventure: Praia do Futuro, Fortaleza, Brazil
Best Beach Boardwalks: Coney Island, NY
Best Party Beach: La Barra, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Best Exotic Beach: Ilhabela, Brazil
Best Beach Bar: VICE also known as Nissakia Surf Club, Artemida, Greece


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