Sometimes Winter can feel like it is neverending. This is why we’re sharing these warm Winter Vacation destinations for you to choose from!
It is easy to get low during the winter months, but there is one incredibly simple remedy – a burst of winter sun with a sunny getaway! Chasing sunlight is one of the best ways to see off the winter blues, and if the cure comes with a side of a gorgeous tropical beach, then so much the better! Here are 6 of the best sunny getaways guaranteed to chase away the winter blues.
Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic is the perfect spot for escaping the cold winds of winter. With golden sand beaches, glittering turquoise waters, and lush, green jungles providing a gorgeous backdrop, there are few places in the world more relaxing and delightful than the Dominican Republic. There are direct flights from almost all major East Coast cities, and some West Coast ones as well!
Less beach, more spa treatments, in one of the sunniest cities in the United States. A winter break to Tucson offers amazing hiking opportunities through stunning landscapes, the chance to let your mind wander under vast, star-filled skies, and some truly amazing spas set against stunning, atmospheric desert scenery. With yoga classes, spa treatments, and an array of wonderful healthy eating options, a getaway to Tucson will help heal your mind, body, and spirit, and help you get a headstart on your New Year resolutions as well!
Of course, there’s no need to leave the US to find winter sun. The world-famous beaches of Southern Florida boast year-round sun and partying in the lively Floridian cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami is a guaranteed cure if you are down in the dumps. What’s more, Fort Lauderdale offers so many cruise vacations that you can head off to almost anywhere in the world if the mood takes you. What better way to spend the winter?
The islands of Bora Bora, Tahiti, and the rest of the French Polynesian archipelago are about as close to paradise as you are likely to find. From iconic overwater bungalows and luxury beachfront spas to some of the best coral reefs in the world, this is a stunning vacation destination all year round. Blue skies and high temperatures are pretty much guaranteed, and the stunning, almost fantastical perfection of the coral-fringed atolls is guaranteed to lift even the lowest of spirits.
The Canary Islands boast summer all year round, and plenty of winter sunshine, which make them a surprisingly underrated cold-weather escape. The main islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote are relatively well-known and more touristy, but if you want to really get away from it all, the smaller islands of La Palma, El Hierro, and La Gomera are a great choice. Rugged scenery, gorgeous beaches, and perfect temperatures make the Canary Islands a brilliant choice for a midwinter break. The climate in Tenerife is great all year-round too making it a great Winter destination too.
A little off the beaten track, Nicaragua is quite the Central American hidden gem, and perfect for escaping the snow, wind, and rain during the colder months. Often overlooked in favor of its better-known Central American neighbors, Costa Rica and Guatemala, Nicaragua has exceptional charm, fascinating history and culture, and most importantly of all, out-of-this-world beaches. The pick of the bunch is Playa Manzanillo, set on Guacalito de la Isla on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. Deep, azure-blue waters crash onto golden-sand beaches, set against a backdrop of dark green jungle, creating the perfect tropical scene. With treehouses and gorgeous villas just off the beach, this is a genuinely special vacation destination, and guaranteed to drive any seasonal blues away!
Have some wonderful, warm and safe travels! Let us know where you are going in the comments below!
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