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15 Tropical Destinations to Escape the Winter Weather

The winter is the time of year is when people start fantasizing about warmer weather and an escape from the sub-zero temperatures that are moving into the area.

It’s not a bad fantasy.

After all, who doesn’t want to feel the warmth offered by the sun’s rays and the enveloping heat of soft sand?

Whether you’re just fantasizing or ready to take action, here are some of the best tropical destinations to visit this winter.


Fiji

The website Goway says not only will you meet some of the friendliest natives in the South Pacific, but you’ll also find plenty to do in Fiji.

The site says going shark diving won’t just offer you a great view of the sharks, but also rays, morays, and fish. Fiji also has some beautiful vistas and gorgeous flowers in the Garden of the Sleeping Giant and at Vuda Lookout.

If water sports are your thing, Fiji is a great place to test your skills.


Vietnam

If you’re looking for beautiful beaches without the crowds, consider visiting Vietnam.

According to Jetsetter, Vietnam’s beaches don’t get the same attention as Thailand’s, but they are just as beautiful.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Jetsetter suggests visiting Phu Quoc National Park, where you’ll see hornbills, mangrove trees, and dugongs.


Bali

While this is considered the rainy season in Bali, it also means there won’t be a lot of tourists in the area. That means you can enjoy all that Bali has to offer without the crowds.

Bali has excellent water sports, including scuba diving and snorkeling, surfing, and whitewater rafting. There are also beautiful temples to visit and explore.

Check out this previous post for details on everything you can experience in Bali.


Canary Islands, Spain

According to the website Iberostar, the Canary Islands are a great winter getaway because they have a subtropical climate that offers mild temperatures year-round.

That means when your hometown is hitting freezing temps, the weather on the Canary Islands is perfect for sunbathing and a dip in the ocean. 

If you’re looking for something with similar weather without the cost of a visit to the Canary Islands, consider a trip to Portugal. You can find details here in this previous post.


French Polynesia

Topping The Blonde Abroad’s list of winter getaways is French Polynesia.

Located in the South Pacific, about halfway between California and Australia, French Polynesia offers stunning views of marine life and gorgeous sunsets.

In addition to snorkeling and scuba diving, you can go hiking, spelunking, and explore lava tubes in Tahiti.

A visit to French Polynesia won’t just help you escape the cold; it will also satisfy the adventurer in you.


Morocco

Just like several places on our list, a visit to Morocco in the winter will help you beat some of those tourist crowds.

While the winter is considered the rainy season in Morocco, the weather is still mild and enjoyable.

Blogger Good Life by Doris has outlined what she calls the perfect 7-day itinerary for a visit to Morocco. It includes a stop in Marrakech, a visit to Ait Ben Haddou, where you’ll get a stunning view of the Atlas Mountains, and Warzazat, a small town used as a backdrop for many a Hollywood blockbuster.


Paros, Greece

You can’t go wrong with a trip to the Greek Isles during the winter months, but Conde Nast Traveler suggests Paros as your final destination.

According to the site, the average winter temperature on the island is between 50 and 58 degrees. Not too cold and not too hot.

When you visit Paros, you’ll enjoy beaches, cave swimming, and island exploring.


The Bahamas

The winter weather in the Caribbean is always pleasant, and it comes with the bonus that it’s not hurricane season.

According to the blog The Travel Triangle, even though you’re visiting in the offseason, there’s plenty to do.

You can take photos at the Pink Sand Beach, swim near Blue Lagoon Island, or explore the Port Lucaya Marketplace.


Hawaii

Say “aloha” to fabulous winter weather. A Hawaiian getaway is just what the doctor ordered to get rid of those winter blues.

Whether you’re stopping by the bustling Oahu or lounging in the sand on Kauai, there’s something for every speed.

Check out this previous post before you plan your next Hawaiian getaway.

Just remember, for 2022, the island has severe restrictions for travelers regarding COVID. Make sure that you read up on the latest rules before booking your flights.


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

According to the site Travel Off Path, winter is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

That’s because not only will you get great weather, but you’ll also avoid the rain and humidity.

Enjoy the beautiful beaches at the resort town during the day, and then take advantage of the vibrant nightlife and delicious restaurants before you head back to your room.


Mauritius

According to Conde Nast Traveler, Mauritius is a great place to visit in the winter because it doesn’t feel like winter.

The average winter temperature on the island is between 73- and 84-degrees Fahrenheit, the perfect weather to enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean while you tan on the beach.

Break up the monotony with some hiking in Anantara Iko, where you can spend hours walking through La Vallee de Ferney.


San Diego

If you’re looking for a winter getaway without leaving the continental United States, then head to San Diego.

Whether you spend some time at Balboa Park and visit the San Diego Zoo or head to the many beaches San Diego has to offer, you’re sure to find pleasant weather.

According to the site Weather Spark, the cool season in San Diego is from the end of November to the beginning of April, when the average daily high temperature is 67 degrees Fahrenheit.


Costa Rica

The site Winter Snow Expert makes a living by telling people where to go when their homes get too cold. The blog says a trip to Costa Rica is an excellent choice for “snowbirds.”

Not only is it one of the safest places in Central America to visit, but many Costa Ricans also speak English, making it a great vacation destination.

Whether you spend your trip hiking through the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, exploring the Stone Spheres, or visiting the San Jose Central Market, you will be sure to get a taste of the culture and beauty of the nation.


Puerto Rico

Discover Puerto Rico says a visit to Puerto Rico in the winter will have you trading in your heavy sweater and boots for shorts and a bathing suit.

Start things out with a visit to Old San Juan before you head west to check out gorgeous beach resorts. After that, find your way to Cueva de las Golondrinas, a cave with a secluded beach nearby.


The Philippines

According to Rough Guides, winter is a great time to visit the Philippines because it’s mostly dry and warm. Temperatures during the winter months rarely drop below 60 Fahrenheit, which means it’s not too warm and not too cold.

Best of all, you won’t experience the rain you often see during other months of the year.

Whether you’re hiking, sunbathing, or finding another way to experience the best the Philippines has to offer, the winter is the best time to do it.


Conclusion

While there are many other places to visit during those cold winter months, these are some of the best places to start.

You can stay close to home or experience an entirely different side of the world. The choice is up to you.


Written by Erika Towne

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