Trying to escape the cold this time of year? Has it recently snowed where you live? If you are looking for a warm travel destination with a sunny beach overlooking the sea, well then look no further. We have for you the Top 10 Beach Destinations for Winter Travel.
The Florida Keys
Starting off the list is the 1,700 island string stretching off the southern tip of Florida making up an archipelago known as the Florida Keys. Not too far from the famous, beach destination of Miami, the Florida Keys makes for the perfect getaway during the colder times of the year. Chief among the keys you should consider visiting would be Key Largo. The largest of the Florida Keys, Key Largo is located in the upper part of the archipelago which is home to the only living coral reef off the mainland US. Another of the keys you should consider travelling to is Key West. A little sandy island city and Florida's southernmost point, Key West is known even more for its coral reefs and destinations for diving and snorkeling than for its beaches.
Also off the coast of southern Florida are the world famous Bahama Islands. This coral-based archipelago in the Caribbean is made up of 700-plus islands and cays ranging from the uninhabited to packed tourist destinations. The northernmost islands, Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island, are home to many large-scale resorts. They are among the best known in the world for scuba diving and snorkeling sites which include the massive Andros Barrier Reef, Thunderball Grotto (used in James Bond films) and the black-coral gardens off Bimini. This archipelago is also an ecological oasis boasting the clearest water on the planet. The people of the Bahamas are also very friendly folk which will make your visit to the Bahamas just breezy.
Aruba is a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela that has dry, sunny weather and 20 fine, powdery blonde beaches. Edging this island include Eagle Bay, which even has free WiFi, making it the ultimate relaxation destination. Constant trade winds bring cool breezes and cause the divi-divi trees to slope southwesterly. European influence shows in architecture that features Dutch gables painted in tropical pastels. It’s also evident in language, with English, Dutch and Spanish spoken alongside the local tongue, Papiamento. Did we mention free WiFi on a beach?
Puerto Vallarta is one of the two most picturesque Mexican beach destinations on our list. The Mexican beach resort city is located on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas, a bay on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, within the Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit. Puerto Vallarta features historic white-washed buildings and cerulean seas set against a rugged mountain skyline. Visitors can indulge in a variety of water sports, like scuba diving with manta rays off Islas Marietas, boating around Los Arcos' reefs, and parasailing off of the popular Playa Los Muertos.
Looking for a warm-weather escape away from the States but not necessarily apart from the States, look no further than the capital of Puerto Rico: San Juan. With average temperatures in the 80s year round, you’ll always be able to enjoy the pristine white-sand beaches and outdoor amenities. Puerto Rico’s capital also offers cultural experiences unparalleled among the Caribbean islands. You can find historic forts and cobblestone streets in the Old San Juan neighborhood, the prodigious collection at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico to the gold sands of Ocean Park beach providing a relaxing stretch for sunbathing while the big hotel resorts line Condado Beach. And don’t forget: no passport required for American citizens.
You've probably heard of Cancún, the infamous tourist destination in Mexico; the go-to destination of spring-breaking college students. Cancún is a city in the southeastern Yucatán Peninsula of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Despite its reputation as a reckless party destination, don't let that deter you from visiting just to relax. Also know that there’s much more to do and enjoy here than just the beaches. There are the ruins of Chichén Itzá, which are the ruins of a large pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan people, and El Rey, an excavated Mayan ruins site dating back to 250 A.D. It is comprised of 47 buildings, including a pyramid-shaped temple. The beach and open air restaurants at Playa Tortugas make it a great place to linger. To feel even more removed, remote Isla Mujeres sits just a ferry ride away.
Pattaya is a resort city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Bangkok and known for its beautiful beaches. This region is warm all year round was a just small and quiet fishing village not too long ago. Now the city is a famous tourist destination lined with resort hotels, high-rise condos, shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs. Nearby, hillside Wat Phra Yai Temple features an 18m-tall golden Buddha. The area also features several designer golf courses, some with views of Pattaya Bay. If you stay a bit longer in Pattaya and you might even be able to experience Songkran, the annual Thai water festival. Another popular festival, Loi Krathong, is a beautiful light celebration where the people set afloat small, candle-lit lanterns onto the water and also release small, candle-lit hot air balloons into the sky.
If you don't want to travel to a foreign country (if you're American) to experience world famous beaches, then don’t worry, we have them! The 50th US State, Hawaii is situated very cozily in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and comes very close to true paradise. Of the 6 main islands, Oahu has Hawaii’s biggest city and capital, Honolulu, home to crescent Waikiki Beach. The Big Island officially named Hawaii, has terrain spanning from colored-sand beaches at Papakolea (green) and Punalu’u (black) to lush rainforest and active volcanoes. If you have the time you should also try to experience the beautiful island of Maui.
Another a beach destination in Thailand is the rain forest covered and mountainous island of Phuket. With average temperature almost always hovering around 90 degrees all year long, Phuket is home to some of Thailand’s most popular beaches. Phuket’s beaches are mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Many of these are located along Hat Patong, Phuket's most developed beach. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos.
Last on our list: Rio de Janeiro. This huge seaside city in Brazil, which is the second largest in the country, is famed for its breathtaking landscape, its laid back beach culture and its annual Carnival. Rio is also world famous for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. This Brazilian city is the home of the 38m Christ the Redeemer statue. It sits atop Mount Corcovado and is a Wonder of the World. Also popular is Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars tourists can take to reach its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns). Its raucous Carnival festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers. It is considered the world’s largest and most popular.
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