If the thought of snow and ice makes you dread the months ahead, this could be a good time to plan a vacation. Get out of the cold and soak up the sun while taking in the sights at one of these popular vacation spots. Click “Next” to see the top 10 warm destinations to visit this winter.
1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
A collection of beach towns in the far Eastern edge of the Dominican Republic make what tourists know as Punta Cana. With plenty of huge hotels, the island offers all-inclusive beach vacations at some of the best rates in the Caribbean. While the large resort lifestyle isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, if you’re looking for an affordable sunny getaway, Punta Cana is a trusted favorite that won’t break the bank.
2. Key Largo, The Florida Keys
Key Largo boasts the only living coral reef off the mainland United States, so if you plan on making a trip to the Florida Keys, the island definitely warrants a stop. Even if you’re not an avid snorkeler, plenty of companies offer glass bottom boat rides so tourists can check out the reef.
3. Los Cabos, Mexico
If you like your beaches with a side of tequila, you’ll want to pay a visit to Los Cabos, Mexico this winter. A visit between December and April could even lead to a grey whale sighting - but then again, so can multiple tequila shots. The Cabo-Wabo is a popular island party-complex, and a boat ride around El Arco makes for the perfect sunset cruise.
4. Jalouise Beach, St. Lucia
One of the most photographed landscapes in the Caribbean, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of St. Lucia’s iconic Pitons from your spot on Jalouise Beach. However, some of the best views can only be seen by boat - so you’ll want to charter a tour around the island. Zip lining through the lush canopy at the treetop Adventure Park, will help to get your heart racing before a little rest and relaxation.
5. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Beaches and plenty of culture, too, make San Juan Puerto Rico a perfect place to visit for a balance of art, history, and relaxation. The city boasts a few historic forts and cobblestone streets, and many attractions are within walking distance. The gold sand on Ocean Park beach on the other hand, is a wonderful place to work on your tan.
6. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Shallow, crystal clear waters make Grace Bay beach, on the island of Providenciales, the Turks and Caicos’ biggest draw. But not to worry, if you like a little more action in your holidays, you won’t be just admiring the view. The island boasts plenty of watersports, from paddle boarding, to a banana boat ride. Providenciales is also home to the third-largest reef system in the world.
7. Maui, Hawaii
With some of the world’s loveliest drives, Maui has many breathtaking views nestled between the island’s many twists and turns. With everything from rainforests, waterfalls, and even a dormant volcano, you’ll find plenty of photo opportunities in addition to pristine waters.
8. San Jose, Costa Rica
Thanks to its fantastic weather, and variety of activities, Costa Rica is popular winter travel destination. Tourists flock to the country for sunshine, surfing, and sunbathing, though Costa Rica’s interior offers plenty of adventure experiences, including, zip-lining, canopy tours. Despite a winter high season, Costa Rica isn’t usually over-crowded since all of that choice helps to spread out the crowds.
9. Boracay Island, Philippines
This small 10km island just an hour’s flight from Manila boasts some of the best beaches in the world. While White Sand beach is calm and perfect for swimming, Bulabog Beach, on the opposite site of the island, is popular with kite and wind surfers thanks to its large waves. Boracay Island also features plenty of nightlife, with restaurants and bars serving up food, drink, and fun into the wee hours of the morning.
10. Grand Anse Bay, Grenada
Grenada is a rich island with much to see and do. Historic forts, waterfalls, spice estates, floral gardens, and rum distilleries make up the popular tourist attractions, in addition to the island’s many sandy beaches. While Grand Anse Bay is a popular tourist destination, it’s worth it to rent a car (or hire a driver) to tour the island. If you like fish, Gouyave in the St. John district hosts a weekly “Fish Friday” event.