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Tired of Winter? Check Out These Sunny Destinations
You have mostly recovered from the holidays, and now you are looking at another couple of months of winter weather. You just want to get away. Here are some suggestions from Travel + Leisure magazine:
The Cayman Islands. A favorite of scuba divers and beach lovers, these three Caribbean islands are famous for white sand beaches. Grand Cayman (pictured) is the largest of the group, with plenty of options for food, hotels and shopping, as well as easy flights from the East Coast and Midwest.
Kauai, Hawaii. This lush, garden paradise offers beaches, but also rainforests to explore. It is most accessible from the West Coast.
Andros, Bahamas. Palm trees and beautiful beaches for relaxing, as well as plenty of options for water sports. There are even things to occupy the kids.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A well-known resort at the end of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas has plenty of nightlife, culture, dining and shopping, for when you want to do more than lie on the beach.
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. This beach located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami is lined with high-rise hotels. But in front of the hotels, gorgeous sand and the Atlantic are your playground.
Phoenix. There is no beach, but there is lots of golf and spring training baseball, as well as scenic hikes, cultural sites, and plenty of dining and shopping. Plus, the weather is sunny and much cooler than it will be a few months later.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Coral reefs offshore provide exceptional diving, as well as plenty of amenities, including an airport on Providenciales, the island with the largest population.
Montego Bay, Jamaica. When it comes to winter vacation spots, Jamaica has stood the test of time. If you love Bob Marley, beaches and rum, Montego Bay is the place for you.
Grenada. In 2018, Travel + Leisure named Grenada one of the 50 Best Places to Travel. This former British colony in the Caribbean boasts beautiful beaches, coral reefs and friendly people.
San Diego. San Diego has a reputation for the most perfect weather in the U.S. Winter there is warm enough for exploring the beach as well as the many other attractions the city has to offer.
Little Torch Key, Florida. Little Torch Key is about two-thirds of the way down the Florida Keys, a funky, fascinating string of little islands, or keys, that extend southwest from Florida.
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Another popular vacation spot in Mexico, Playa Del Carmen is located on the Yucatan peninsula. Which means that there are lots of Mayan ruins to explore if you get tired of the beach.
Maui, Hawaii. This island paradise is the second-largest island in the state, and is listed as one of the 10 best islands in the world by Travel + Leisure. In the winter, you might be able to watch migrating humpback whales.
Barbados. There are plenty of beautiful beaches. But there are also many cultural reminders of the island’s earlier inhabitants, including Native Americans, British colonialists, and slaves from West Africa.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Travel + Leisure readers voted this mountain city the World’s Best City in 2017. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its art and cultural offerings.