Even the most enthusiastic fans of winter can get a bit tired of the endless cold weather. When the snow no longer delights you and you’re frankly sick of walking in a winter wonderland, that’s when it’s time to plan a trip to a more temperate climate. Winter is a fantastic time to take a break from the busy hustle and bustle of daily life and spend some quality time with your loved ones soaking up sun and fun. Have a hankering to bust out your favorite shorts and catch some rays? We’ve got the rundown on the best winter getaways that will help you forget the cold!
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This hotspot has become popular with celebrities looking to relax in luxury, making it the perfect spot to unwind during those bitter winter months. Cabo San Lucas has breathtakingly beautiful beaches, 5-star restaurants that serve fish plucked fresh from the sea, and plenty to see and do for everyone in the family! Whether you want to indulge in some quality time at a spa, enjoying a massage in the warm breeze, or are keen to explore the surrounding jungles with the help of a friendly and informative tour guide, you’re in for a winter vacation that redefines relaxation.
St. Lucia, the Caribbean
Get ready for fun in the sun, island-style! St. Lucia is a simply stunning location with vistas that just beg for that perfect Instagram post. You can while away the hours on the pristine beaches with all sorts of fun and exciting activities like water-skiing, surfing, and scuba diving. Snorkel through the reefs and get up close and personal with an assortment of marine life. And be sure to explore the local restaurants, which offer succulent delicacies that will take your tastebuds on a trip of their own.
Once you step off the plane in Kauai, you’ll quickly see why travelers the world over flock to the island — particularly during those frigid winter months. There are beaches galore that offer windsurfing, boating, and other activities the whole family will enjoy. But don’t neglect the rest of the island, which is filled with hidden treasures for the savvy explorer. Take a guided tour through the lush jungle and learn all about the gorgeous flora and fauna that inhabits the area. Or if you crave a little more adventure you can look into rock-climbing or zip-lining right through the jungle!
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Go ahead and start looking for the lowest airfare to Italy before the next snowstorm — the Amalfi Coast will make you glad you did! That’s partly because winter is generally off-season in the area, but also because the Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in all of Italy. Dine in 5-star restaurants overlooking the vibrant blue ocean water as the salty sea air fills your lungs. Although not as warm as some of the other spots on this list, the weather is wonderfully temperate and perfect for strolling through cobblestone streets for some window shopping.
Sanibel Island, Florida
If you’re looking for azure ocean water that’s warm even in the dead of winter, head on down to Sanibel Island. Right off the coast of Florida, this spot is a dream come true for anyone who enjoys relaxing at the beach. There’s also kayaking, surfing, and tubing for the more adventurous. And with a vibrant nightlife, Sanibel Island is a great spot to get your groove on and rock out until the morning light!
With plenty of affordable flights available year-round, Seville is a popular vacation spot no matter what time of year it is. That being said, it’s especially fun in the winter months — there are fewer people around, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore at your leisure. There’s gorgeous architecture (some of it dating back centuries), parks to stroll through on clear sunny days, and plenty of fascinating museums to keep everyone busy. You’ll love soaking up the culture of Seville as you relax and unwind, far away from those chilly winter winds.
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