Whether through its festive atmosphere or enchanting frosty landscapes, winter has a way of enticing travelers to get out of a rut and embark on new, once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
However, while most tourists turn their eyes towards dreamy ski chalets and cultural cities this winter, Americans seem to be yearning for the warmth of soft-sanded beaches.
According to the most recent report released by Airbnb, these are the top 10 trendiest winter destinations for U.S. travelers based on global searches from January 1 to September 15, 2023.
Oaxaca is a vibrant city nestled in Southern Mexico that’s best known for its rich culture and history.
This time of year, though, the pleasant climate, fun traditions, and local delicacies make the stunning hotspot more appealing than ever.
Winter travelers here are met with colorful festivities, including the famous Noche de Rábanos, where artisans carve intricate radish sculptures.
What’s more, Oaxaca’s colonial architecture and indigenous markets provide a sensory feast that leaves even the most experienced travelers in awe, while the aroma of Mole de Caderas wafting through the air is the perfect cure for the winter blues.
Nassau, The Bahamas
Exceptional culinary delights, lively festivals, and all-time high air connectivity are just a few of the reasons that push visitors to visit the Bahamas this time of year.
The archipelago’s capital, in particular, is a city that attracts legions of sun-seeking tourists every winter.
As thick winter blankets cover the rest of the world, Nassau shines through with its pristine beaches and the type of paradisic weather that can be found only in the Caribbean.
While the crystal-clear waters of Nassau make it impossible to resist a swimming, diving, or snorkeling session, it’s worth noting that the capital is much more than just a pretty beach town.
The city opens a window to the Bahamas’ captivating history with its charming, diverse architecture (which comprises a mix of modern villas, clapboard cottages, and colonial houses), and the iconic Queen’s Staircase.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country renowned for its biodiversity and natural allure, and La Fortuna might just be one of the clearest expressions of that.
The picturesque town is home to the majestic Arenal Volcano, whose perfect conical shape dominates the skyline.
Those looking to relax this winter will fall in love with the many hot springs in the area, which provide the type of soothing escape most of us are looking for as temperatures drop down.
If you’re a particularly adventurous soul, I can’t recommend zip-lining in La Fortuna enough.
Not only will you get that adrenaline rush you’re looking for, but you’ll also be rewarded with the most stunning views of lush rainforests and hidden waterfalls.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro is a city that needs no introduction, and, as it happens, now is one of the best times to visit the beaming Brazilian hotspot.
Beyond its iconic Carnival celebrations, Rio de Janeiro offers a blend of natural charm and fascinating history.
The famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches come alive with energy now that the city is entering its liveliest season, so lie back and soak up the Brazilian sun or join the exhilarating beach parties – the choice is yours.
If you’re looking to indulge in some truly breathtaking vistas, take a hike through Tijuca National Park or Sugarloaf Mountain; I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Once an off-the-beaten-path destination, Culebra, the small Puerto Rican town, has now become a trendy hotspot for tourists looking to spend a few days sunbathing on the island’s most idyllic beaches.
This (now not-so-hidden) gem lures winter travelers with its promise of seclusion and tranquility.
Between the azure waters and untouched beaches, Culebra boasts a type of natural beauty that makes it one of the dreamiest hotspots in all of the Caribbean.
Playa Flamenco, in particular, is a testament to the island’s unparalleled charm.
However, those in search of a more private experience might find that the secluded Playa Carlos Rosario will provide just what they’re looking for.
Other Destinations That Are Trending Among American Travelers This Winter
These are the rest of the cities that complete the list of the top 10 trending destinations for Americans this winter:
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Whether they want to explore the historic Zona Colonial or relax on pristine beaches, visitors can fully immerse themselves in the Dominican experience here.
- San Salvador, El Salvador. San Salvador beckons travelers with its fascinating mix of ancient Mayan ruins and a burgeoning culinary scene.
- Havana, Cuba. As you stroll through the historic streets of Old Havana, you’ll be able to savor authentic Cuban cuisine and embrace the vibrant culture the city is best known for.
- Cali, Colombia. Cali, the salsa capital of the world, offers a one-of-a-kind winter escape filled with breathtaking hikes and infectious energy.
- São Paulo, Brazil. From the iconic São Paulo Museum of Art to the bustling markets like Mercado Municipal, the city offers endless opportunities for fun and exploration.
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