No matter what the weather’s like in your hometown right now, there’s a beautiful beach out there with immaculate sand, pristine water, and sunny skies for you to enjoy. So choose a destination that fits your budget and your time schedule, pack your bikini and sunscreen, and enjoy one of these winter getaways soon.
Pick an island, any island, and you’re practically assured of getting balmy daytime temperatures in the 70s, along with equally comfortable water temperatures that are ideal for surfing, swimming, or snorkeling. Throw in the always laid-back island atmosphere, tantalizing cuisine, and amazing natural scenery, and you’ve got one of the top winter vacation destinations in the country.
The Sunshine State is home to a variety of beaches that appeal to all age groups and interests. Families will love Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, with its numerous attractions aimed at children and its proximity to Busch Gardens in Tampa. Singles and couples looking for fun on and off the water will want to check out Key West, Sanibel Island, and South Beach for a mix of romantic ambiance and nonstop nightlife.
While visitors to Mexico can’t go wrong with the usual suspects like Cancun, Cabo, and Cozumel, those of you wishing to avoid crowds will be interested in smaller resort towns that are well off the beaten path. Huatulco and its nine gorgeous bays, Costalegre and its budget-friendly accommodations, and Isla Holbox and its exotic wildlife are just a few of that country’s hidden gems.
If you prefer all-inclusive island resorts where relaxing on the beach with an umbrella drink in hand is the only activity on your itinerary, then pack your bags for the Caribbean. From Nassau in the Bahamas to Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, the US Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Anguilla, the Caribbean is littered with endless options that will allow you to get your fill of sand and sun.
There’s no need to wait for summer to put your favorite bikini, one piece, or tankini to good use. Book a winter getaway to a top beach destination now and you’ll be working on your tan in no time!