Already wishing for warmer weather … and it’s not even officially winter yet? With summer several long months away, it’s time to ditch the layers and beat the winter blues before they start with a tropical beach getaway. Imagine yourself sinking your toes into sand instead of snow boots. Sipping a frozen margarita instead of hot chocolate. Trading in your coat for a swimsuit. If these ideas sound tempting, why not make them a reality? Get away from the chill and spend winter in the beach paradise of your choice, where the temperatures are always just right.
If pristine beaches are your thing, then an exotic trip to the Bahamas may be just the escape you need. Boasting over 2,000 islands and cays, the Bahamas has a little something for everyone to enjoy, from exploring the capital city of Nassau for a unique blend of modern history to taking a swim alongside the spectacular Pink Sands Beach of Harbour Island. With a flight that’s less than an hour from Miami, FL, it’s an international vacation that only seems worlds away. Feeling brave? Get up-close-and-personal with reef sharks during a Shark Dive Adventure or hang out with less threatening aquatic creatures with a SNUBA tour, which combines snorkeling and scuba diving techniques into one unforgettable experience.
Why tame your Caribbean dreams when you can answer them? This oasis of islands beacons with palm trees, cool ocean breezes and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Grab your flip-flops and set out for exotic destinations like the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana, Jamaica’s Montego Bay or Puerto Rico’s San Juan. Surrounded by cultural sightings, natural wonders and breathtaking views, there’s so much to see and do in the Caribbean. Soar through the jungle on a zip-lining adventure. Explore the Jamaican coastline on a horseback beach ride. Or choose to take in all in as you kick back and do nothing at all.
Mexico & Central America
For a relaxing international escape that’s not too far away, just hop the border and head to Mexico or Central America! Enjoy the all-inclusive experience at luxurious resorts in places like Riviera Maya, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Belize or Costa Rica, while surrounding yourself with turquoise waters and white-sand beaches. Want to come back with more than just a nice tan? Add in a few excursions to your vacation for unforgettable memories (and some awesome photos and videos, too.) History buffs can’t miss a tour to the Mayan ruins at Tulum, while nature lovers will appreciate a snorkel adventure in Cozumel to the second-largest coral reef barrier in the world, and the possibility of swimming with peaceful sea turtles!
Turks & Caicos
Does somewhere sunny and 75 fit your style? You’ll find it within the more than 40 islands that make up Turks and Caicos. Explore over 230 miles of white-sand beaches and arguably the world’s most gorgeous coral reefs amid these tropical isles that are just begging for relaxation. Here time practically stands still, as you whirl away your days sunbathing, whale watching or simply floating atop the signature crystal-clear waters that make this beach destination so popular … while never overpopulated. Get out and see what’s under those turquoise waters during a catamaran and snorkeling tour or as you soak up the sun on a glass-bottom boat.
For an international vacation that features all the conveniences of a local stay, the U.S. Virgin Islands have it all. Skip the line to renew your passport and jet straight over to paradise, where neither language barriers nor currency exchanges exist. Set between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find three main islands to explore — St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix — along with dozens of smaller surrounding islands. Indulge in truly breathtaking views, as you enjoy a kayak, hike and snorkel tour, hang out with sea lions, or cruise through a lagoon on a stand-up paddleboard.
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