Here’s a list of 8 warm weather escapes that you might want to consider this year in order to remain warm and happy while the rest of your friends go crazy over some frozen water falling from the sky.
1. Martinique, French Caribbean
If your idea of a perfect Christmas includes palm trees, delicious cuisine, sandy beaches and the unhurried french pace of life – Martinique is the perfect place for you. Here you’ll be able to swim in the Caribbean see and enjoy hot summer temperatures while most of your friends and relatives bundle up in the freezing cold of winter.
2. Negril, Jamaica
When most people think of Jamaica they think of Kingston or Montego Bay. But if you want a vacation that will leave you feeling warm, calm and truly relax we suggest going to Negril. This city is way less touristy, so you’ll have a chance to just chill and enjoy the view.
3. Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena is the perfect winter getaway for those who find beaches to be boring and want more of a cultural experience. Here you’ll be able to walk the old cobblestone streets, visit historical sights, enjoy the beautiful old architecture, shop at high-end stores, eat some truly delicious dishes and just live your best life.
4. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi is meant to be just as mind blowing and luxurious as Dubai, but a bit calmer, with a slower pace of living. Here you’ll be able to see the intricate mosques, enjoy the wonders of Emirati cuisine and if you wish you can always hire a quadricycle and ride around the sand dunes in the desert.
5. Wellington, New Zealand
December might mean the start of winter where you’re from, but in New Zealand that’s the beginning of summer, which makes it the perfect time to visit the county. New Zealand is unique in the sense that you get to choose what you want to experience. If you stay in the city you’ll feel like you’re in a bustling megapolis, but at the same time you’re never too far from nature and wildlife, and the nature of New Zealand is mesmerizing. Plus, it’s a dream destination for Lord of The Ring and Hobbit fans.
6. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is such an awesome place to visit, especially in the months of December through February. This city has a lot to offer, so make your vacation a long one. There’s a vibrant night scene here, lots of cultural and historical sight, more than enough nature that will take your breath way, not to mention incredible restaurants that will make foodies drool and vineyards that will make you want to stay forever. Oh and did I mention you can go and see actual penguins at Boulders Beach?
7. Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is a tropical wonderland to anyone who wants to get away from the winter blues. There’s so many gorgeous resorts here. There are Buddhist attractions to visit, national parks to wander through, SPA treatments that will make you feel like a whole new person, a plethora of delicious fruits to try, beaches to sunbathe on and crystal clear waters to swim in. What more could you want?
8. Maui, Hawaii
Maui is the second largest island in Hawaii and it has a lot to offer to visitors during the winter months. The diverse landscape of this island offers you a choice of being active and hiking up nature’s trails or relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun. The nature here is so beautiful you’ll want to weep and the best thing about coming here in the winter is that you might get to see humpback whales.