Trudging through the cold, wet, and icy winter months is the hardest part of the year. Fortunately, there are a variety of tantalizing winter escapes just waiting for you to make a move!
We think it’s time you took a moment to indulge your desires for a winter holiday this year. But if you simply can’t get away, try viewing these destinations as inspiration for next year’s travels!
The Florida Keys, Florida
Made up of 17,000 islands off the coast of southern Florida, the Keys are frequented by travelers each year during the winter months. The most popular island is Key West, known for it’s lively beaches (the most popular being Smather’s Beach) and exciting water sports. Or consider booking a winter holiday on the island of Key Largo, where you will find the only living coral reef off the mainland of the United States.
The perfect destination for adventure–seeking winter vacationers, Maui has access to National Parks, insane surfing, and lush rainforests. Take the winding road up to Haleakala National Park, which plays host to the world’s largest dormant volcano. Or take the exciting Road To Hana to pass by seriously epic views of the daunting cliffs and glistening ocean below. Take a surfing lesson or chance the open sea by kayak. Deep-sea diving is another unforgettable experience on the island of Maui!
St. Martin / St. Maarten
This half–French, half–Dutch island in the Caribbean is notable for it’s varied beaches and cultural expertise. There’s truly something for everyone here: there are beaches for windsurfers, beaches for sunset viewing, and even beaches set aside for tranquil enjoyment. And the food is on a new level, with Creole-inspired cuisine mixed with high-end French restaurants.
The 20 white, sandy beaches that line the coast of Aruba make this island a must-visit for winter travelers. Eagle Bay, a favorite amongst tourists, even has free wifi! History buffs take note: Aruba features Arikok National Park, which includes ancient petroglyphs from past cave-dwelling cultures. And for the children, a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary is first on the agenda.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The cultural charm in San Juan, Puerto Rico is unrivaled in the Caribbean Sea. Cobblestoned streets, historic forts, and authentic museums make this island an experience unlike the rest. Visit the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico to experience a one-of-a-kind art collection you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The beautiful sandy beaches are warm and welcoming – and the best part? American citizens don’t even need to show a passport to get in!
Created by Mandy Burkholder