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Tropical Winter Vacations To Escape the Cold

It is that time of the year again: the days are shorter, the weather is colder, and the summertime nostalgia kicks in. Winter has its perks, but the frigid weather can be oppressive and gets old rather quickly. 

It is natural to long for summertime while you spend all your days indoors, hiding from the snowy, chilly climate outside. We all have dreams of putting on our best swimwear, lounging by the pool, and soaking up the summer sunshine at a beach resort on a Caribbean island or in the Bahamas.

Why not make those dreams a reality this winter? Turquoise waters and beachfront bungalows are within your reach, even in the winter months.

You work hard and deserve to splurge on a gorgeous, warm tropical vacation this winter. Though you can’t make summer come sooner, you can transport yourself to beautiful places that remain warm and sunny year-round, and get a taste of summer in the dead of winter. 

Read up on our favorite tropical destinations to escape to this winter, and start planning your sunny escape ASAP!

Mexico

If you are looking for a true taste of paradise, consider getting away to Mexico this winter! From luxury cruises to fun-filled all-inclusives, you won’t want to pass up this tropical escape. For a beach vacation in winter, it’s hard to do better than spending time surrounded by the palm trees and clear water of Mexico.

If you opt for the cruise route, prepare to embark on a thrilling journey filled with delicious food, opportunities to explore, and non-stop activities offered on the boat. Soak up the sun on the boat and take advantage of the beautiful Pacific Ocean when you take a cruise to Mexico this winter.

You should also consider looking into all-inclusive resorts for a luxurious reprieve from the winter season. Venture out to Cancun and experience the stunning beaches, authentic cuisine, and bottomless adult beverages. 

Whichever route you take, you will have the time of your life enjoying the blue water and white beaches that Mexico has to offer this winter. 

Miami

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Looking for some of the best hotels without having to travel too far? A brief Miami vacation will make you feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical destination without even having to leave the country. Even a day trip gives you access to one of the most beautiful cities in the country at any time of year.

There is an abundance of amazing hotels and five-star resorts to check out in Miami. Pick a luxurious resort and take advantage of the oceanside views, in-house spas, and walkable access to some of the best beaches in America. While other spots in Texas and Southern California boast sunny beaches as well, Miami is our pick for several reasons.

The nightlife in Miami is unbeatable. If you want a tropical vacation with some time spared for partying, this is the right destination for you. With nightclubs open until morning, and fun, trendy bars you are sure to have the time of your life on this warm escape. 

Miami Beach is known for being an ideal wintertime destination, so why not hop on the bandwagon? You’ll experience beautiful beaches, fun nightlife, and relaxing days at spa resorts. 

Oahu, Hawaii 

You can’t get much more tropical than the Aloha state! There are multiple Hawaiian Islands, including Kauai and Oahu, but we chose Oahu for our tropical winter vacation.

Escape to this tropical island and take advantage of the warm wonders Hawaii has to offer. 

Explore the beautiful Pacific Ocean and try something new. Go snorkeling or scuba diving and check out the amazing oceanic wildlife and beautiful coral that lives within the sea. Or, discover a new hobby and take a surfing lesson or try some new water sports.

Hawaiian culture is beautiful, family-friendly, and inclusive. Treat your tastebuds to the delicious, authentic cuisine of the islands. Or, participate in a luau to get an immersive feel for the culture. 

The sandy white beaches, amazing sunsets, and stunning cliffs make the trip worth it alone. Whether you plan on taking a romantic getaway with your partner or have a warm vacation planned for the whole family, Hawaii is a must-see destination to seek out for your next winter escape. 

Costa Rica

Want an action-packed adventure and a tropical escape all in one? A world-class vacation to Costa Rica should be added to your bucket list immediately. 

The beaches in Costa Rica are some of the best you’ll ever see. Playa Punta Uva is a gorgeous beach with waves that are perfect for swimming but also has an ambiance that is ideal for relaxing on your beach towel in the sun. Just be sure to remember your sunblock!

Costa Rica is known for its incredible natural sights. The waterfalls are magical and swimmable. Take in the views while biking or while taking a refreshing dip in the river water. Or, take a guided hike throughout the jungles of the country and witness the amazing wildlife and breathtaking nature. 

There are plenty of opportunities for adventure in Costa Rica. Go zip lining, kayaking, or even bungee jumping with the beautiful views of the country surrounding you. 

You can have an exhilarating escape from the winter cold when you venture out to Costa Rica!

Thailand 

If you have the means, this winter you should consider getting away to the completely opposite side of the world and explore the beautiful wonders of Thailand. 

Thailand will provide you with a warm, sunny, tropical, exciting winter escape. Thailand is the definition of exotic, and you will be able to experience that firsthand when you explore the beautiful Asian country this winter. 

Explore major cities like Bangkok or Phuket to get a feel for the culture and experience the fun nightlife and cool attractions that they have to offer. The street food in these cities is unmatched and will leave your taste buds wanting more for years to come after your thrilling getaway. 

The natural sights in Thailand make this vibrant country an absolute must. Take guided boat tours around the sea and explore the stunning caves that are all around. Take hikes around the cities or in the many forests and national parks. 

This is also a perfect opportunity for you to explore the beautiful Thai beaches! Stock up on your favorite one-piece swimsuits, and set sail to Thailand to enjoy the white sand beaches, ocean water, and wonderful people. 

Yosemite 

If you would like to stay a little closer to home, but still have a fun-filled, nature-filled escape this winter, consider journeying to one of America’s finest national parks in California: Yosemite!

If you want your winter escape to be surrounded by ocean waves, frozen beverages, and sandy beaches, this might not be the trip for you. But, if you are someone who enjoys exploring nature, taking adventures, and camping out you will have the time of your life on this warm winter getaway. 

Pack your tent, grab a sleeping bag, or take the more upscale route and rent an RV to prepare for your fun trip. 

Check out Mt. Lyell, the tallest peak in the park. Or, seek out the notorious El Cap, and look in awe at the giant mountain that only a few have successfully free climbed. 

If you are a climber, this trip is certainly on your bucket list, so why not cross it off this winter season? Stay warm and take an adventure this year. 

Caribbean Cruise 

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Have you always wanted to set sail on a cruise? Always wanted to explore the gorgeous islands in the Caribbean? Now's your chance!

This winter, take a voyage to the tropical Caribbean on a cruise to escape the cold. 

A cruise is a great hands-off way to escape the frigid winter weather and make the most of the warmth that persists south of the equator. This way, all you need to do is book the tickets and then take a backseat to make the most of your cruise. 

On a cruise, you can make the most of your time just with the abundance of food. Want a little flavor this winter? A Caribbean cruise is your new best friend. With unlimited buffets and flowing drinks, your taste buds are going to thank you. 

You will get the best of both worlds when you partake in a cruise this winter. Enjoy the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, while also taking advantage of the fun onboard excursions. From infinity pools to bingo, you will never get bored. 

All you need to do is book your cruise tickets and then make your way to Florida to set sail and have the time of your life on this tropical winter vacation!

Greece 

Live out your Mamma Mia fantasies and take a winter voyage to Greece! Even if your trip doesn’t include singing Abba songs, your winter Grecian vacation will satisfy your summer cravings and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. 

Whether you are desperate to recreate the vacation pictures you’re always seeing on your Pinterest board or are a huge history buff with a special interest in Greek mythology, your Greece vacation this winter will appeal to all of your interests. 

Check out the gorgeous architecture of the Parthenon in Athens, or explore the amazing all-white buildings that rest on the coast of Santorini. Whether you choose a beautiful coastal vacation, opt for the historical tour, or take a glimpse at both, Greece is guaranteed to exceed your expectations!

Enjoy an authentic gyro or soak up the sun on the stunning beaches in either Athens or Santorini and escape to Europe this winter for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

Puerto Rico 

Between the stunning beaches and the scrumptious food, you will absolutely want to venture out into Puerto Rico this winter to escape the cold and embrace the warmth. 

The people alone make the trip well worth it. Puerto Rico is known for having hospitable, kind folks in their major cities that make the whole trip itself. Enjoy the live music, or just converse with some locals to better appreciate the culture of the area. 

Stay in an all-inclusive resort in San Juan to experience the best beaches, best food, and best weather in the country! The beaches have views of the ocean that are crystal blue, with warm white sand, and beautiful coconut trees to create the perfect ambiance. 

Explore Old San Juan and get a taste of the historic city. Check out the unique architecture of fort El Morro, and appreciate the rich past that sits in front of you. Or, simply dine at some of the best authentic Puerto Rican restaurants in the territory. 

Whether you spend your trip in an Airbnb or an all-inclusive, you are guaranteed to have a tropical escape that will supply you with memories to last a lifetime!

Australia 

This is yet another trip that will require some extra funds and extra time, but if you can make it work, Australia is a winter vacation must!

Since American seasons and Australian seasons are nearly polar opposites, our winter is when Australia experiences its summer, making it the perfect time to explore the beautiful continent. 

Regardless of the kind of trip you are eager to experience, Australia will serve as the perfect location to check off all of your needs. Need a tropical beach escape? Australia has you covered. Want a historic, city vacation? Australia will still be the perfect warm climate to explore this winter. 

Sydney is a major city that you need to add to your bucket list. From their historic symphony hall to their incredible beaches, you simply will not get bored. 

Do you have a soft spot for animals and all things wild? Australia is the best location for you to explore. From adorable koalas to buff kangaroos to the many various arachnids, Australia is chock full of incredible creatures that are unique to that region for you to meet and appreciate. 

Tropical Globe Trotter 

Seasonal depression is real and it is important to soak up that vitamin D while you can, so why not take a tropical trip this winter season?

Whether you are eager for adventure or interested in getting some much-needed R&R this winter, you can easily achieve that with any of our above suggestions. Escape to Miami Beach or venture out to Greece this winter season. Wherever you choose to go, as long as you have some warm weather to keep you cozy, you are guaranteed to have the winter escape of your dreams!

 

Sources:

Mexico Cruises

Sunscreen | The Skin Cancer Foundation

"Mamma Mia!" may be mindless but it's a lot of fun, too | New York Times

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