If you’re sick of shovelling snow and rugging up with ten different layers each time you leave the house, book a getaway this winter! It’s the perfect opportunity to head somewhere tropical and experience somewhere new, while also escaping the cold temperatures in the US.
Our list of 8 getaways to escape this US winter is here to provide inspiration and help convince you to book that trip this winter.
Winter in Costa Rica is the dry season so you can expect sunny, pleasant days that are perfect for vacation. This country is a mecca for adventure lovers, offering a range of activities from horseback riding to ziplining. If adrenaline-pumping activities aren’t your thing, head to one of the many beautiful beaches and relax with a good book. Visitors in January should make sure they check out Palmaras Fiesta, a two-week festival that is celebrated throughout the country.
It’s hard to beat a tropical, Caribbean getaway if you want somewhere away from the icy cold of a US winter. Offering warm days and balmy nights, St. Lucia is the perfect option for travelers seeking an untouched paradise. With lush rainforest, picturesque beaches and epic sunsets, you’ll be mesmerized by the natural beauty of St. Lucia.
Puerto Rico, as a US territory, has long been a crowd favorite. This Carribean destination has stunning scenery consisting of rugged mountain backdrops, dense, tropical rainforest, and serene waterfalls. For nightlife, head to the capital, San Juan, and indulge at the beach bars and casinos. The country is a wonderful collision of old world charm and modern life that is guaranteed to leave visitors feeling refreshed.
A beloved vacation destination, no winter destination list would be complete without mentioning Mexico. Whether you choose to visit a hotspot like Cancun or Playa Del Carmen, party it up in Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara, or head back in time with a visit to the historic Mexico City, Mexico is a great destination for escaping the winter.
Turks and Caicos
Winter is the most popular time to visit this tropical paradise and for good reason. Turks and Caicos experiences warm temperatures all winter long, making peak-season prices worth it for a tropical getaway. The magic of the country doesn’t end on land. In fact, to truly experience all Turks and Caicos has to offer, you’ll want to get in the water to admire the colourful, world-class reefs. Spend some time relaxing on one of the stunning beaches or have a hit of golf at the Provo Golf Club – you’ll have no problem filling your days here!
Colombia possesses a true tropical climate in the way that it experiences rainfall all year round, however winter is by far the driest and best time to visit. Temperatures in warmer regions hover around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect for days by the pool and beach swims, while cooler regions experience a pleasant average temperature around the high 70s, which is well-suited for sightseeing and exploring. Make sure to add the colorful town of Cartagena to your itinerary. It is located on the northern coast of Colombia overlooking the Caribbean and has it all – beaches, history and good food!
If you’re willing to travel further abroad, South East Asia is the perfect getaway during the US winter. Vietnam, in particular, is a country well worth the long flight, boasting picturesque scenery, exceptional food, interesting history, and a unique atmosphere that must be experienced to be understood. For warmer temperatures, avoid the north and stick to popular spots like Ho Chi Minh City and the beautiful Hoi An.
For a tropical winter vacation closer to home, you can’t beat Hawaii. Choose from the various islands to find the perfect getaway for you. There’s Honolulu and Oahu for Waikiki Beach and shopping, Big Island for laidback vibes and the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Kaua’i for unrivalled natural beauty, or Maui for a little bit of everything!
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