Hottest Destinations for Winter Escapes

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When most of us are stuck in winter’s freezing grip, it’s a relief to know there’s somewhere warm and breezy to escape to. Our guide to the top warm-weather destinations will help you find the perfect beach based on your interests. Without wasting any time, you’ll be ready to head off to where beaches, warm waters, and outdoor adventures await. Visit Galahotels and book your rooms with prices 70% off and pay with 3D Secure Payment, earn 3% Member Rewards on your every booking. Best Rate is guaranteed!

After reading this countdown, be sure to pack your swimsuit and suntan lotion, and leave the coat, turtlenecks, and gloves at home!

1-Florida

Florida is made by nearly 1700 islands and its hard to choose which one to stay. Put Key Largo on your list since it is the only coral reef off the mainland US. Also put Key West, there is always something to do in Smathers Beach from volleyball to Jet Skiing.

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2- St. Martin and St.Maarten

It’s like visiting two countries in one on this sun-soaked, half-French and half-Dutch island. Thirty-seven beaches include Cupecoy and its dramatic sunsets; the windsurfing-friendly Orient Bay; and surfer spot Mullet Bay, where the beach scene is refreshingly tranquil.

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3- Maui, Hawaii

Maui offers some of the world’s loveliest drives, such as The Road to Hana, lush with rainforests and waterfalls, and a winding tour through Haleakala National Park to the world’s largest volcano, with breathtaking overlooks along with the twists and turns. Wai’anapanapa State Park, not only consists of pristine waters and a black sand beach, but also stunning fresh water caves and cliffs crying out for jumping.

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4- Los Cabos, Mexico

If you crave a little nightlife with your beach scene, you’re in the right place. The tequila flows at the Sammy Hagar-owned entertainment complex Cabo Wabo. Visit this beauty from December through April for gray whale season. A boat ride around El Arco, a natural rock formation that resembles an arch, is a great idea for a sunset cruise. Also, posing under this natural arch is a must!

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5- Honolulu and Oahu

Paradise found is the beach in Kailua in Oahu, an expanse of white sand, gentle tides and several small islands within reach of an easy kayak paddle. The vibrant nightlife of Downtown Honolulu is a refreshing break from solitude. The famous Waikiki Beach made its name on surfing and is a great place to hang ten. Diamond Head, heiress Doris Duke’s opulent Cliffside estate, is an architectural marvel worth a gander.

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6- Jamaica

Everything’s “irie” in one of the friendliest, mellowest islands in the Caribbean. Reggae music was born here, and Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay draws music lovers from all over the world, while Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios are always well worth the hike. Seven Mile Beach in Negril seems like an endless expanse of heaven. Stress glides off the body upon landing, making it the perfect place to unplug.

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7- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has the most Blue Flag beaches, which meet strict environmental standards, of the entire Caribbean. Of the ten beaches in Punta Cana, Playa Juanillo and Playa Punta Cana beach are among the favorites of frequent visitors. Waters full of dorado, wahoo, and marlin attract anglers while rappellers plunge deep into Fun Fun Cave and history buffs beeline to the House Museum of explorer Ponce de Leon.

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8- Aruba

The fine, powdery white sand on the roughly 20 beaches edging this island include Eagle Bay, which even has free wifi, making it the ultimate remote office. Lovely Palm Beach always ends up on “top beach” lists and Arikok National Park has petroglyphs within caves from ancient cultures. There’s also a fair amount of wildlife: Pet a fuzzy nose at the Donkey Sanctuary and spy on some flyers at the Bubali Bird Sanctuary.

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9- San Juan, Puerto Rico

The cultural offerings in Puerto Rico’s capital are unparalleled in the Caribbean—from the historic forts and cobblestoned streets in the Old San Juan neighborhood to the terrific collection at theMuseo de Arte de Puerto Rico. The gold sand on Ocean Park beach provides a relaxing stretch for sunbathing while the big resort hotels line Condado Beach. Stand-up paddling in Condado Lagoon is all the rage. And don’t forget: no passport required for American citizens.

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10- Cayman Islands

The three islands that make up this chain are Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, andLittle Cayman. Grand Cayman is where most of the action is, and home to a thriving food scene, with chefs such as Eric Ripert, Michael Schwartz, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Crescent-shaped Seven Mile Beach is a haven for sun worshipers and snorkelers. Get up close and personal with stingrays at Stingray City.

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