As winter draws closer, it’s steadily growing colder in many locations. If you’re looking to escape the chillier weather this year, why not make one of these dreamy tropical spots the destination? While the destinations listed are generally open to tourism currently, policies may change in the future due to the pandemic. Additionally, you may want to check whether or not your country has any relevant travel advisories.
1. Luquillo, Puerto Rico
This town in Puerto Rico is a gorgeous getaway known for its beaches! If you love snorkeling, scuba diving, or even just relaxing in the sun, a visit to Luquillo is the perfect choice! Looking to lounge on the sand? Consider Playa Fortuna or Costa Azul. If snorkeling, swimming, or kayaking is more up your alley, you’ll want to head over to Playa Azul. The island also has no shortage of lodging accommodations, ranging from resorts to vacation rentals and everything in between.
2. Antigua and Barbuda
A getaway to these Caribbean islands will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into a tropical dream. Home to over 90 miles of gorgeous coastline, this pair of islands also offers no shortage of memorable activities. Enjoy a horseback ride on one of the many beautiful beaches, go on a kayaking trip, or explore the nearby rainforests with a hike – no matter what you choose to do, you’re sure to have a great time!
3. Grand Bahama
Enjoy white sand beaches and underwater caves by visiting Grand Bahama Island. Part of the Bahamas, this dreamy destination is known for both its beaches and several luxurious all-inclusive resorts such as Lighthouse Pointe.
4. St. Thomas
Part of the US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is a great destination for those looking for a warm-weather getaway. Lounge on the gorgeous, palm tree-lined beaches or go snorkeling in the clear blue waters surrounding the island. For accommodations, consider staying at one of the island’s resorts that offer beach access, such as Bolongo Bay Beach Resort.
Another picturesque Caribbean island, Aruba offers all the usual experiences you can expect – dreamy beaches, pleasant weather. It also offers several unique attractions such as jeep tours on the island and submarine rides.
This island in French Polynesia has no shortage of reasons you should make it your next destination! Head over to Taharuu beach to experience a gorgeous black sand beach. Other popular activities include visiting waterfalls, surfing, and helicopter tours!
This isolated island in the Maldives is perfect for a serene and relaxing getaway! Malé is home to several overwater resorts such as Sun Island Resort and Spa. Such resorts offer accommodations as close to the ocean as you can get – luxuriously hanging over them. The selection of resorts, as well as the gorgeous environment, make this island perfect for a winter vacation.
With the Greek Islands currently open to tourists from a number of countries, a visit to the beautiful island of Zakynthos is the perfect choice for your upcoming vacation! This island is home to notable beaches such as Shipwreck Beach as well as gorgeous scenery. In addition to this, Zakynthos also has a vibrant nightlife scene.
9. Key West
Technically a subtropical island, Key West is still more than worth a visit. One of the gorgeous Florida Keys, Key West offers experiences such as beachfront resorts and unique tours. Better yet, it’s accessible via the Overseas Highway – if you’re already in North America, it’s possible to road trip to this island getaway! This makes it an ideal destination for those who may want to avoid airports or take their car with them, but still experience sun and fun this winter!
This stunning country is home to miles of scenic oceanside, beautiful jungles, and memorable waterfalls. A perfect destination for those looking for a relaxing getaway, Panama is also home to several all-inclusive resorts such as Isla Palenque, which can make planning even easier!
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