Don’t spend this winter holed up inside, dreaming of warmer days. Instead, put the snow shovel aside and head to a warm-weather destination. Plenty of spots around the world are perfect for a beach getaway in the colder months. Pack your sunglasses, bathing suit, and flip flops, and leave the freezing temperatures behind.
There’s nothing like a warm-weather winter getaway to Hawaii. Temperatures coast at 78 degrees during the winter months in Maui, which span November through April. Turn onto Hana Highway, roll your windows down, and travel 64 miles along the Maui coast. Admire sky-high mountains on one side and vast, blue waters on the other. Beach life is in full effect throughout the year. Feel the soothing ocean breeze at Kahekili Beach Park or wade in the waters of Napili Bay Beach, well-known for its Hawaiian sea turtle population. Surfers will love the high-reaching waves of Mokulei’a Bay or Honokahua Bay Beach. Dip your toes into new hobbies, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and boogie boarding, wherever you go.
Maui is filled with incredible places to watch the sunrise, but perhaps none is more remarkable than Haleakalā National Park. You’ll have to reserve a spot in advance, but it’s worth it to see the view from 10,000 feet up. Venture to the famous Black Rock Cliff or the Seven Sacred Pools for an unforgettable afternoon of sightseeing. Finally, don’t leave Maui without experiencing Old Lahaina Luau, considered one of the most authentic and best luaus on the island since 1986.
Head to the southernmost part of Florida this winter and experience a unique mix of entertainment, all while basking in 70-degree weather. Enter Miami’s unstoppable South Beach scene, where you can enjoy top-shelf cuisine and drinks at Time Out Market, as well as unforgettable views off the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Tour downtown on the Metromover, Miami’s free Metrorail, and embrace the local culture in Little Havana. Head a little further south to explore the 1.5-million-acre Everglades National Park.
Take a stroll down Ocean Drive, Miami’s most iconic road. Stellar architecture, decorative lights, countless restaurants, and storybook palm trees fill the 15-street stretch. Art enthusiasts will love Wynwood Walls, an area devoted entirely to exquisite street murals from artists around the world. Visit the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami for even more stunning exhibits.
While in town, set aside time to lie in the sun on one of the city’s many beaches. You’ll find several options along the coast, including South Beach, Miami Beach, and Haulover Park.
Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, overlooks the brilliant 750-mile Andaman Sea. Venture to the Karon viewpoint of Kata Noi beach, where you can take in the magnificent view of three separate bays: Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon. Admire the dazzling shades of blue you’ll find only in beautiful Phuket, then head down to any one of the bays for a relaxing afternoon by the crystal-clear waters.
Get in touch with your spiritual side when you make a pilgrimage to Phuket’s Big Buddha. You can’t miss the 147-foot landmark made entirely of Burmese marble sitting atop Nakkerd Hills. To learn more about Buddhist rituals and customs, visit Wat Chalong, the Shrine of the Serene Light, and the Jui Tui Shrine. If you’re an animal lover, be sure to stop by the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and Monkey Hill to get up close and personal with the native wildlife.
After the sun goes down, wander into one of the city’s many night markets. Here you’ll find music and street performances along with delicious local food and souvenirs. Experience the city’s energetic nightlife when you explore Bangla Road, full of bars, clubs, and restaurants.
When traveling to the island gem of Aruba, take advantage of what it’s best known for – gorgeous beaches. Located conveniently close to each other, you can visit Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, and Hadicurari Beach in a single day. However, it may be wise to plan an entire day at each, as you won’t want to leave.
Eagle Beach stands out with its soft white sand and mesmerizing turquoise water. Its calm sea is perfect for activities like jet skiing and wakeboarding. Just a short way north, Palm Beach is an excellent spot for swimming. Plus, you’ll have access to multiple tiki bars, so you can enjoy a tropical drink or two. Keep going north to Hadicurari Beach, which rests next to the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Shallow waters and high winds make this beach ideal for windsurfing, snorkeling, and kiteboarding.
For great hiking trails and breathtaking views, head to Arikok National Park. This unique park features wildlife, caves, cliffs, and sand dunes, perfect for those who love the outdoors. As for nightlife, take your pick from endless restaurants, nightclubs, and casinos.
Spend your warm-weather winter vacation in Mexico looking out over the world’s largest ocean. Punta Mita covers 10 kilometers of gorgeous Pacific coastline. Imagine relaxing with infinite blue water and vibrant green hills as your backdrops. Sit at Corral del Risco or El Anclote beach for hours on end with your favorite drink in hand.
Puerto Vallarta presents a thrilling atmosphere, made up by the Pacific Ocean and Sierra de Vallejo Mountains, but also the action. The area is filled with beach sports and spas. There’s plenty of scuba diving, surfing, and snorkeling as well. When it’s time to settle down and eat, head to one of the many popular restaurants along the shoreline.
Punta Mita and Puerto Vallarta are also known for their out-of-this-world golf courses with gorgeous ocean views. Guests of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort will enjoy access to the Punta Mita Club de Golf. The course’s stunning views will quickly put aside any struggles brought on by your golf game. Keep that in mind, as this is a challenging course to command.
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