Travel Channel's Best Beach Awards 2012

Just when you're daydreaming of getting away to somewhere warm, we give you 10 times the beach inspiration. We sifted through the sexiest beaches and island vacations to find your very best bets in 10 hot categories.

The wait is over and the winners have been unveiled. After over 1,200 votes, the Viewers' Choice: Best Overall Beach has been named and it's Lahaina Beach, Maui.

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