The long, dreary days of winter can leave your feeling down in the dumps. If the gray skies and chilly temperatures have you feeling low, why not plan a vacation? If you are dreaming of winter getaways, explore these sunny destinations sure to chase away the blues.
Located on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize is a gem for scuba divers and history lovers alike. The country holds ancient Mayan ruins that are easily accessible for exploring.
Known as the epicenter of the ancient Maya world, Belize once was home to more than 2 million Mayas. Sacred temples, pyramids, advanced science, agriculture, mathematics, palaces, and awesome structures are their legacy. Without the use of iron or the wheel, the civilization reached its zenith at the time when Europe was in the Dark Ages. -Belize.com
The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the second largest barrier reef system in the world. Visitors come from around the world to snorkel and dive in the beautiful turquoise waters here. Winter getaways here are sure to help you feel refreshed and recharged.
December marks the start of the dry season in Costa Rica, making it the perfect time to visit. The country is one of the most biodiverse areas of the world, containing 5% of the world’s species. It’s also home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s no wonder that Costa Rica has been one of the world’s top-ranked vacation destinations for years. Visitors flock here for the surfing, beaches, wildlife, and amazing culture.
For sun without leaving the United States, you can hop a plane to Miami where temperatures hover in the mid-70s throughout the winter. Relax on beautiful beaches under swaying palm trees and enjoy the unique Cuban influenced culture. Be sure to explore the colorful Art Deco District while you are in town. Winter getaways in February can take advantage of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
For winter getaways a bit further abroad, take a trip all the way to Melbourne, Australia. December is the height of summer in the southern hemisphere so there is plenty to do. Enjoy the many beautiful beaches that surround the city. When you’re ready to explore, check out Melbourne’s thriving cultural and foodie scenes. While you’re there, plan a short road trip to see the iconic Great Ocean Road then finish off your vacation with an evening at Philip Island National Park to see the famous nightly penguin walk.
The Maldives are a chain of 1192 islands located south-west of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian Ocean. This tiny country is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and resorts in the world. With crystal clear water and plenty of marine life, the Maldives is perfect for underwater exploration, from beginner snorkeling to expert scuba diving. When you’re finished exploring under the sea, relax on the pristine beaches, where you’ll find none of the crowds that plague other island destinations.
When planning your winter getaways, be sure to take advantage of the mild weather in LA as you explore Hollywood and beyond. Winter is the perfect time of year to visit one of the many theme parks in the area as the crowds and lines will be significantly less than in the summer. You’ll also want to take a trip to Rodeo Drive to do some luxury shopping, and a road trip to beautiful Malibu is only a short drive away.
No matter where you escape to, winter getaways are the best way to get rid of those pesky winter blues. For more winter travel ideas, explore Five of the Best Eco Luxury Resorts Across the Caribbean.