As the snow falls thick outside and the wind tears at your clothes the moment you step out the door, you may be considering making a getaway to a place where you can relax and enjoy the sun without three layers of clothing. Whether you’re ready to book tickets or just want to fantasize, here are ten destinations you won’t want to pass up.
Honduras often features among the ‘most violent’ countries on the planet, but what isn’t highly publicized is that a lot of the crime is concentrated on the mainland in distressed areas and is gang-related. In reality, the island of Roatan is clean, safe and a haven for stressed travelers. Boasting some of the best SCUBA diving in the world, this paradise is also low-cost and offers you the chance to sample plenty of Honduran cuisine. What’s better, Roatan is nowhere near as well-known as some other vacation spots, leaving more beach for you.
I learned all this because I went here for a friends wedding and they had private wedding transportation chartered across all the locations. I was amazed at how clean and safe it was coupled with the fact the beaches were world class but nobody was there!
Riviera Maya, Mexico
If the idea of partying in Cancun is a bit too stressful, the Riviera Maya an hour or so farther south may be more your pace. Relaxed and inviting, this town is known for its world-class resorts, Mayan ruins, zip-lining and cenote swimming holes.
St. John, US Virgin Islands
If you don’t have a passport, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy some tropical sun this winter. In St. John you won’t have to worry about currency exchange and nearly everyone will speak English, making it a breeze to enjoy the island’s world-class snorkeling and hiking. For those who aren’t interested in trying exotic cuisine, fresh groceries are easy to come by. You can also rent a car hassle-free here to explore the over 7,000 acres of gorgeous parks.
St. Martin/St. Maarten
With a French side and a Dutch side, this quirky island in the West Indies offers up a more European flair than many other Caribbean hotspots. The cuisine is exquisite island-wide and there are spots perfect for everything from a family vacation to a romantic getaway. If you like animals, there are tours that specialize in watching whales, dolphins and sea turtles for much of the winter months. No matter what type of traveler you are, St. Martin likely has something for you.
The Greek Isle
Who can pick just one? There 227 islands, almost of which offer us stunning beaches, mouth-watering Greek food and a variety of activities including biking, swimming, shopping and the world-famous nightlife! Pack your smallest bikini, your party dress and your best sunglasses, rent a camera because the most beautiful scenery you have every seen is waiting for you..
Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica
If you want to relax in a tropical paradise where you can enjoy some of the best rum in the world, Jamaica is an excellent choice. You can climb the falls in the afternoon and then relax on the beach in the evening, drink in hand. The live music is also a huge draw to this stretch of sand and is an experience you shouldn’t miss.
Brazil is a gorgeous country with beautiful people, art and architecture. Rio, watched over by an enormous statue of Christ the Redeemer, is an excellent getaway with so many different activities and sights to offer that you may decide to extend your stay! Just don’t expect your high school Spanish to help you here, as the local language is Portuguese.
The Dominican Republic
Just west of Puerto Rico, this island has a ton of Caribbean charm without the huge price tag. You won’t want to miss the unique cuisine or the beach at Boca Chica. Make sure to stop by the Barra Payan, which serves up hot sandwiches around the clock.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Just a short plane ride from Los Angeles, this gorgeous little town is frequented by celebrities year-round. Pristine beaches, a booming night life and world-class golf are all waiting for you!
Can’t find your passport? Tired of struggling with a foreign language? Book a ticket for Hawaii and choose your own form of relaxation. The islands are simply stunning and offer up surfing, hiking, zip-lining and sight-seeing for all ages and skill levels. Go to a luau for authentic cuisine.
Want to get away this winter? Set your sights on one of these gorgeous spots and relax in the warmth of the sun. Whether it’s for a weekend or two weeks, you’ll be refreshed and rejuvenated.