After the festivities of Christmas and New Year’s are over, the winter season can get a bit glum. The weather is frigid, the nights are dark and leaving the house is an undertaking of mammoth proportions as you struggle to get everyone in the family bundled up and ready to face the elements.
Sound like your life? Then it sounds like a warm-weather getaway is in order. Here are eight warm destinations perfect for winter travel, thanks to affordable flights and hotel prices. There is plenty to do, see and enjoy for every traveler, regardless of what you love.
If you have your sights set on Mexico this season, avoid some of the pricier, tourist-laden resort towns and go with a lesser-known destination that still offers all the luxury accommodations and amenities that you might desire. Mazatlán, on the Pacific Coast, is a good option.
There’s a huge boardwalk, great fishing opportunities, plenty of history, nightlife and more. The city was a big destination for the stars during the Golden Era of Hollywood. So, channel your inner Gary Cooper and experience all that Mazatlán has to offer.
While the Northern Hemisphere is knee-deep (give or take) in snow and ice this season, the Southern Hemisphere is soaking up the sunshine. If you live on the West Coast of the United States, escaping to Auckland in early 2020 is an especially good idea, as you can easily find direct flights to the destination from nearly any of the West Coast’s major hubs.
If you’re lucky, you might even be able to use your credit card miles to pay for the (sometimes pricey) flight. Then, once you’re in Auckland, you can balance out your travel budget by enjoying the plenteous free entertainment the destination offers.
As the Bahamas continues rebuilding following Hurricane Dorian, you’ll find plenty of hotel deals across the islands. The deals don’t only stick to the various islands most directly impacted by the hurricane; for example, deals can also be found in Nassau.
This is a warm-weather winter vacation you can feel good about, as your tourist dollars will help the Bahamas bounce back from near devastation. If you’re worried that the Bahamas isn’t quite ready to receive guests yet, no worries. Tourism officials assure that The Bahamas are open for business. The best way to support the destination is to spend your money staying and playing there.
4. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is another Caribbean destination providing wintertime travelers with great deals this season. If you take JetBlue in particular, you’ll find that you can save considerably on airfare. Don’t just stick to San Juan during your visit. Though, it certainly has enough culture and history to keep you entertained for a very long stay.
Experience the other amazing destinations across the island, from Rincon to Aguadilla.
5. The Canary Islands
If you’re into the idea of a European vacation, but you still want to visit some beaches and get a little sun on your skin, why not consider Spain’s Canary Islands? These Mediterranean islands get balmy temperatures in the 60s in January and they’re tourist hubs for many European travelers. You’ll have no problem finding accommodations, whether you prefer a ritzy, 5-star hotel or an Airbnb with a local vibe.
Because of the heavy British tourist population, you won’t have any trouble if all you speak is English, either, particularly on the largest island, Tenerife. Still, even though the destination is well acquainted with foreign visitors, you’ll want to have a credit card with international perks in your wallet, as well as the necessary international travel insurance.
6. Fort Lauderdale
Many people travel to Fort Lauderdale for one of two things. They’re either catching a flight to another destination, such as one in the Caribbean or South America, or they’re boarding a cruise. However, missing out on staying in Fort Lauderdale can be a huge loss.
The city offers so much as an international beach destination. There are plenty of luxury hotels to choose from, luxury shopping, nightlife and more.
If you want to visit a warm-weather destination this winter, but aren’t quite ready to jump straight into swimsuit weather, try Savannah. The Southern staple offers mild temperatures in the low 60s. History abounds, as does soul food. Plus, Savannah is a great destination to visit if you like haunted attractions or spooky locales.
Many of its most historic and culturally relevant structures are rumored to be haunted, including some of the most popular hotels and restaurants.
Destin isn’t the most popular Florida destination, but it’s definitely worth considering. Its location on the Gulf Coast means amazing, white sand beaches, mild temperatures and plenty of outdoor activities beyond the beach. Many visitors enjoy Destin’s golf, fishing and parks.
Plus, it’s not difficult to find deals on flights into nearby Tampa, after which you’ll want to rent a car at the airport, to better explore all Destin offers with ease.