If you've ever traveled to a beachy locale in the dead of winter, you know how liberating it can be. There is nothing more freeing than waving goodbye to the snow, and all of the responsibilities that come with salting, shoveling and clearing it out. Consider trading in your scarves and winter hat for beach towels and sun shades.
We’re not encouraging you to take a “polar bear plunge” and head to a local beach in the freezing cold winter. What we are suggesting is planning a trip to a destination with a hot climate year-round, or where their summertime is taking place during our wintertime.
If you’ve been sitting on a boatload of airline miles that are set to expire soon, get moving. There is no better time to plan a relaxing trip than at the start of the new year. Here we will guide you to the best hot destinations for escaping the winter cold.
With temperatures in the 80s and 90s, a country like Argentina is a perfect destination for those in the U.S. to escape the cold. Because it is south of the equator, their seasons are the reverse of ours, meaning their summers take place in January and February during our winter months. Bare this in mind when packing and just be careful to bring sunblock as the sun is much stronger south of the equator.
Buenos Aries is the main city that comes to mind when thinking about the colorful vibrancy of Argentina. While there enjoy the culture by taking a sensual tango lesson, eat some delicious carne asada, and then indulge in a decedent dulce de leche treat. If you’re a sports fan, take in a soccer game as well for a true South American experience.
The Mendoza wine region is another popular area to visit. In addition to Argentina, countries like Chile and Uruguay are other popular destinations with mild climates during this time of year. In addition, the exchange rates or cost of living in many of these South American countries will not burn too large of a hole in your wallet while you are traveling.
If you prefer spending your vacations not doing much other than relaxing on a beach, an Island is where you want to be this winter. Islands like St. Martin / San Marteen, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, Maui, or the Grand Cayman Islands are ideal escapes from freezing winter temperatures.
As a territory of the French and Dutch, St. Martin / San Marteen offers the experience of two trips in one. Take in the beautiful sunsets on one of the island’s many beaches, offering fun watersports at ones like Orient Bay or calming breezes at spots like Mullet Bay. Enjoy delicious French cuisine in the Grand Case, or traditional Creole dishes by the shore.
Google images of Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia and you will immediately feel a sense of calm. The island’s exciting, natural, mountainous terrain and many, large infinity pools will leave you feeling like you are literally on top of the world. This ideal spot to escape the winter blues offers scenic beauty and majestic mountainside views that are hard to find anywhere else.
Turks and Caicos are an excellent winter escape for adventurers who enjoy a bit of a thrill alongside their beaches. Head to Jalousie Beach to snorkel with the fishes in one of the world’s largest barrier reefs, or swing through the treetops in a zip line at Adventure Park. This is even a great spot for fishing enthusiasts as the waters are filled with many blue marlins.
Consider traveling like a celebrity or rich mogul and journey to the Cayman Islands this winter. We hear it’s the destination for escaping just about anything including the cold winter weather. Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac make up this unique chain of Islands. Visit its famed crescent Seven Mile beach for the ultimate sunbathing experience, or release your inner-foodie by eating at the Island’s many five-star restaurants.
Speaking of celebrity escapes, the Hawaiian Island of Maui is home to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls and rainfalls, as well as one of the world’s largest volcanos. If you are a nature lover, Maui offers many options. Take a winding drive down the Road to Hana or visit a black sand beach and natural cliffs at Wai'anapanapa State Park.
Once you’ve booked a flight and know where you are headed, it is time to pack your bags. Packing a swimsuit when it is wintertime where you live in the Northern Hemisphere can feel a bit strange at first, but trust me, this is a feeling you can certainly get used to.
In addition to the essential apparel items you need, be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen tubes. Grab sunglasses, a good book, a cabana striped beach towel, and a summer hat to get yourself ready for a relaxing day at the beach. Bring those sandals and flip-flops, as well as one fancy outfit for visiting the many upscale restaurants and resorts in these sunny locales.
It is likely that you’ll be missing out on a few treacherous snowstorms while you are away, so try not to brag too much about the sunny skies and deep blue seas when you return. This is one successful travel strategy you’re going to want to repeat each year.