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Wintertime Getaway: The Top 8 Winter Vacation Destinations

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Wintertime Getaway: The Top 8 Winter Vacation Destinations

Summer isn’t the only time of year to get out of the house and have a relaxing vacation. When the stress of the holiday season hits, you may need to travel in the winter. Continue reading this wintertime getaway guide about the top eight winter vacation destinations to visit.

Warm Wintertime Getaways

If it’s already cold at home during the winter season, you might like to get out of town and find that warm, summertime feeling this winter.

Pro Tip: Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time at the resort. Drive around and explore the area. There’s so much to see and do, and you’ll get a better sense of your vacation destination by going beyond the resort grounds. Ask the locals for recommendations on what to see and do, then rent a car and find hidden gems to make the most of your getaway. Avoid driving snags by securing an international driving license online or from your local auto club before heading to your destination.

Puerto Rico

If you’re looking for a tropical holiday, staying at a resort in Puerto Rico is a beautiful vacation spot. Puerto Rico experiences the best weather during the winter months without the humidity and rain.

It may be more crowded this time of year, but Puerto Rico is a stunning place to visit.

Spain

The winter weather in Spain can vary depending on which region you visit. Spain is the warmest European country. You can still relax by the beach with fewer tourists this off-season.

This won’t be a hot vacation ideal for swimsuits and swimming, but the comfortable temperatures are ideal for walking and site-seeing.

Hawaii

Fewer tourists visit the lovely state of Hawaii during the winter season, which will result in a more relaxing vacation for you. The comfortably warm temperatures will make for a pleasant trip for those who are excited to get away from the cold.

You can go whale watching, scuba diving, and embrace the holiday season on the island.

Key West, Florida

If you’re looking to stay within the United States for a warm winter vacation, Key West, Florida is a gorgeous place filled with activities. You can try snorkeling, boating, jet skiing, and even simply swimming in the ocean. There’s always amazing food and attractions to see no matter the time of year.

Cold Wintertime Getaways

Some parts of the world may have cold temperatures in the wintertime, but the sights are more beautiful than ever.

Antarctica

The best time to visit Antarctica is from November to early March. Winter is the perfect time to visit this lovely continent. There is whale watching and excursions that will create lifelong memories. If you’re interested in traveling to Antarctica, here is some additional travel advice for visiting Antarctica.

Denmark

The weather in Denmark won’t be warm, but it’s one of the most beautiful places you can travel to in the winter. You’ll experience snow-covered castles, visit Christmas markets during the holiday season, try ice skating, and admire the beauty of the town.

Breckenridge, Colorado

If you love cold temperatures and the beauty of the mountains, a great wintertime vacation destination is Breckenridge, Colorado. This town has many options for skiing, fun hiking adventures, and admiring wildlife. You can also visit the historic downtown area to explore the local shops.

Toronto, Canada

Toronto is a dazzling city to visit in the winter season. You can try ice skating and maybe catch a hockey game in the country where hockey was founded! The Distillery District is a town meant for walking to visit local boutiques and admire the unique architecture. There is a Christmas market filled with traditional Canadian foods that will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Remember before you go, pack accordingly, grab your swimsuit (or bundle up with a coat) for the perfect wintertime getaway vacation!

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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