If you’re looking for an excellent winter destination — you’re probably looking for somewhere with very few restrictions.
After all, we’re all fed up with 18 months of travel restrictions, etc. Unfortunately, summer has gone, and we’re now into fall, with winter slowly on the horizon (Where did 2021 go?).
Now is an excellent time to book for your winter vacation in a country with sun, heat, and no quarantine or testing.
Here are the best options for Americans in winter 2021.
As 99 percent of the world closed to Americans during the pandemic, Mexico remained open for U.S travelers. Fast forward 18 months, and that hasn’t changed. U.S travelers can visit Mexico this winter without quarantine or testing on arrival.
The most popular destination for U.S travelers is Cancun. Of course, this part of Mexico is iconic during the Spring Break. However, Cancun is home to kilometers of pristine white beaches, majestic scuba diving locations, and first-class hotel infrastructure. There’s even an eclectic mixture of Mayan ruins scattered around the area.
There’s no better way to escape those freezing cold winter mornings than a vacation to Puerto Vallarta. This stunning Mexican Pacific Coast city hosts world-class marine life, watersports, outstanding beaches, and endless local resorts.
Los Cabos — otherwise known as Cabo San Lucas — is the perfect winter retreat. The resort city is home to the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, El Medano Beach, and Lovers Beach — all outstanding options if you’re looking to escape to the beach this winter. But, of course, there’s also superb nightlife in Los Cabos too.
Colombia is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for Americans in South America. And better still, Americans can visit the country this winter with no quarantine or testing at all.
Medellin — often called the City of Eternal Spring — is a highly popular city for U.S travelers. The city is home to gorgeous surrounding beauty, excellent cafes, and superb museums. The most popular museum is the Museo de Antioquia, an exhibit dedicated to Fernando Botero (Medellin’s most famous artist.)
Another tremendous option is visiting Cartagena, a 16th-century port town on the Caribbean coast. The city has a fantastic tropical climate, which is ideal for a winter vacation. What’s more, the city is also close to Isla de Barú. Travelers know this area for its incredible white-sand beaches, palm trees, and coral reefs.
A winter vacation to Colombia wouldn’t be over without a trip to Bogota, Colombia’s vibrant capital city. The city is a staggering 8,860 feet above sea level, and outstanding hikes and viewpoints surround the city. Bogota is also home to over 10 million people — making it one of the world’s biggest cities.
3. Costa Rica
Important Update November 3, 2021: While Costa Rica does not require testing, vaccines or quarantine to enter the country, hotels and restaurants are now requiring proof of vaccination as of December 1st, 2021.
Costa Rica is nothing short of a tropical paradise. The small nation is home to a staggering 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity and world-class surfing, jungle trekking, and natural beauty. Most importantly, there is no quarantine or testing on arrival this winter.
Puerto Viejo remains one of Costa Rica’s top destinations. Surfers adore Salsa Brava’s incredible surf break, and the town is a beach loves paradise. The most popular beach is Playa Cocles, an excellent place to relax or learn to surf.
Another superb option in Costa Rica is visiting Cahuita. The town’s most popular attraction is the stunning Cahuita National Park. The country created the national park in 1970 to project a large coral reef off the Caribbean coast. Today, it’s still an outstanding place to relax on the beach or go scuba diving.
Furthermore, Tortuguero is Costa Rica’s answer to the Amazon rainforest. The area dominates the nation’s northern coast and spans over an incredible 77,700 acres of land. It’s the ultimate spot for hiking and canal cruises.
4. The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is about as far as you can get from those bleak winter days. Nevertheless, the nation is famous for outdoor adventures, wildlife, incredible beaches, superb nightlife, majestic diving, and excellent colonial architecture. On top of all that — there is no quarantine or testing on arrival this winter.
Punta Cana sits on the Dominican Republic’s easternmost tip, offering over 32km of breathtaking coastline and crystal clear waters. It’s also an excellent spot for travelers that love zip-lining, sailing, and wind-surfing.
Santa Domingo is perhaps the most modern city in the Caribbean. Travelers find some of the most exemplary Spanish colonial architecture globally, including Catedral Primada de América and Museo de las Casas Reales.
Puerto Plata, the third biggest city in the Dominican Republic, is an excellent place to visit this winter. The city is well-known for its superb beaches that span across the coast. Moreover, the city’s colonial-era district is home to Fortaleza San Felipe, an excellent Spanish fortress with military artifacts.
Last winter was pretty bleak for most of the world. That said, this winter promises to be entirely different. The world is opening up, and these four excellent winter destinations are open without restrictions.
Each one will give you the ultimate winter break.
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