In December, the thought of a White Christmas, frosty nights, and glistening icicles is part of the charm that accompanies the holiday season. However, by the time the new year arrives, the thought of snow turns from magic and wonder to fear and dread. Rather than walking in a winter wonderland, you have to face the wrath of snow and ice. If you find yourself yearning for the days of summer, you are not alone. Below you will find a few budget-friendly options that will help leave the snow behind and allow you to dip your toes in the sand.
The Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are known for their white sandy beaches and bright turquoise waters. The largest island, Grand Cayman, is a popular destination when it comes to shopping, dining, and beach resorts. The biggest island is a great spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. A popular tourist attraction is Stingray City, where you can swim along with stingrays.
Feeling more adventurous? Travel to the smaller islands. Cayman Brac is a popular destination for deep-sea fishing excursions. Meanwhile, Little Cayman is the home a variety of wildlife from iguanas to red-footed boobies.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Although Cabo San Lucas is known for its nightlife, there are plenty of activities for travelers looking for a more relaxing vacation. Settled at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, this resort city offers jaw-dropping scenery. While vacationing to Cabo San Lucas, you’ll never fun out of things to do. With just one walk down the beach, you find a number of activities ranging from jet-skiing, banana-boating, parasailing, snorkeling, kitesurfing, diving, and even horsebackriding. When visiting, travelers often seek out the Cabo Arch. This rock formation offers a great opportunity for a photo shoot to capture the beauty of the land.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay captures the essence of summer in one city. This city in Jamaica is ideal for anyone looking to relax. Spend your getaway relaxing in a hammock, listening to reggae music, and strolling along the waves with a drink in your hand. December to April marks Jamaica’s dry season, making it ideal for those in North America looking for an escape.
If you are looking to stay in the United States, have no fear, for the Islands of Hawaii can offer you a tropical getaway. Travel and Leisure named Maui one the World’s Best Islands in 2018, and for good reason. The second largest island in Hawaii offers a diverse landscape, from beaches to mountains. Travelers can spend one day scaling the side of a volcano and the next day surfing at one of the many beaches. Visiting Maui during the winter months also means that you can witness the migration of humpback whales.