Now that we’ve passed the daylight savings mark and the holidays are starting to bear down upon us, each of us must come to terms with one simple fact. The weather is going to start getting cold, and we’re all going to want to find ways of escaping that cold weather.
Sure, that first snowfall of the year is great. And the second one is pretty cool, too. But what about the third, and what about the fourth? And what about those days where it gets just above freezing and that winter wonderland turns into a giant, gross slush pile?
Well, maybe things never get that bad, but all of this brings up a good point. Don’t you want a place to escape to this winter? Don’t you want to know about a place you can go where the weather stays warm and you can get a taste of that summer living even when the calendar says December, January or February?
If so, then you’ve come to the right place. On the list below, we’re going to share our picks for the 20 best places you can head to this winter in order to escape the winter doldrums and get some much-needed vitamin D! Let’s take a look…
1. South Beach in Miami
When it comes to favored destinations in the United States for getting some sun during the winter months, South Beach is right at the top.
2. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you’re looking to have some fun while you’re soaking in that sun, then Cabo could very well be the place for you!
3. Santorini, Greece
Not only will you get plenty of sun during a visit here, you’ll also have enough beautiful pictures to fuel your Instagram for the next year.
4. Mykonos, Greece
While Santorini is all well and good, don’t sleep on Mykonos, which is definitely a bit more popular with the younger crowds.
You can bet that it’s always hot and sunny in Dubai… Perfect for checking out one of the planet’s most unique cities.
6. Rio de Janeiro
After you’ve spent enough time checking out Ipanema Beach, it’s time to head up to Christ the Redeemer!
7. Gran Canaria
Part of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria offers a wealth of possible experiences, from soaking rays on the beach to epic hikes.
Also a part of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote always captures travelers’ imaginations due to its unique landscape.
9. Kauai, Hawaii
If the winter doldrums are really getting you down, then why not book a trip to a literal paradise on Earth?
Who wouldn’t love to cure those winter doldrums by sipping local Barbados rum on a secluded beach?
11. Amalfi Coast
If you want to combine your beach-going experience with some fine Italian fare and culture, then look no further than the Amalfi Coast.
12. The Gambia
While this country may be tiny, it’s definitely big when it comes to heat with temperatures that average at about 86 degrees.
13. San Diego, California
Right at the bottom of California, you’ll find an incredible city with much and more to offer and where the weather is almost always perfect.
14. Los Angeles, California
If you’re looking for a bit more excitement out of your California experience, then you can always hob nob with the hoi polloi of L.A.!
There are some great beaches to be found in Morocco, but you may wish to spend your time throwing yourself into the local culture instead.
You’ll love the wonderful blue waters of Malta, an island that gets sunshine 300 days out of the year.
17. The Dominican Republic
From great local culture to stunning resorts and sun-soaked beaches, the “D.R.” truly does have it all.
18. Cape Verde
Sitting off the coast of Senegal, the weather in Cape Verde is always super warm – perfect for getting some much-needed Vitamin D.
19. Costa Rica
Make sure you plan some days of activities when you visit; in particular, look into the amazing zip-lining opportunities.
When it comes to finding year-round awesome weather in Europe, most people bank on this wonderful destination.