Are you already starting to feel the winter blues? I am. I am already dreading the snow showers, the sleet and the rib-ripping wind chills. I am thinking like, how about a quick getaway to somewhere where it is not 20-degree Fahrenheit, where I do not need to put on two layers of jackets and where the trunk of my car has more fun stuff other than a snow cleaning brush! A warm destination would be just perfect! Come lets plan this out, a few places that are pleasant and warm but wait, not too harsh on the pocket as well! All these destinations are will not burn a hole in your bank account, the average hotel stay is around $150 a day, flight fares vary from $300 to $500 per person and a meal would be around $25 to $30 for a person. Not bad!
What's not to love about Cartagena! It has beaches, beautiful old buildings, rich cultural history and the best of all the weather is just fine, not too warm with the mild ocean breeze. And guess what, when it starts getting really rough in the US, the weather gets just perfect for a visit, January to March, say the locals, is the best time to plan this visit. Go explore the local food, the architecture and the cobbled streets of Cartagena.
# 2 Puerto Rico
Planning a trip to Puerto Rico? Culebra and Vieques should be there on the list. The pristine beaches are a sight to behold, really! The best time to visit is around the peak winter season, just right to escape the brutal winter. The temperature in December is around 85 degrees, well, can you beat that? Did you know the city offers free hop-on hop-off trolley rides, don't miss it for anything! And the best part, San Juan is just under four hours from New York and flights are not expensive either.
This place seems just out of a postcard. Unspoiled acres of natural beauty, miles of beaches, old colonial forts and local markets. What more do you ask for on a holiday? And what you should not miss when in Guadeloupe? Scuba Diving, of course! And also, the ride in the glass bottom boat around the breathtaking island of Basse-Terre. Although Guadeloupe is pleasant throughout the year, the best time to visit would be from December until mid-May and expect it to around higher 80s.
Ok, unlike the other destinations on this list, don't go there before late March or preferably in April. You want to be in the water, right? If you go earlier, the water might be a bit too chilly for a nice swim! And about what to do in Destin, the list is pretty big. There are beaches, boat cruises, state parks [the Henderson state park is well recommended]. Want a calm evening? Take a walk along the Harbor Boardwalk against the backdrop of the setting sun, invigorating!
#5 Grand Cayman
So, you can visit here anytime, it is great around the year! Especially from March till mid-May, it’s warm and pleasant in the mid-'80s. Grand Cayman is more than the seven-star all-inclusive package resorts. There is more about its culture, food, unadulterated beaches which you could explore. The Stingray City, the Artificial Reef, the Mastic Trail, The Bloody Bay Marine park would be on my to-visit list. And if you are all in for a glitzy resort, throw in the visit to the Seven Mile Beach on the itinerary!
Ok, I know you want to travel somewhere warm during winter, but if you want to visit the Klein Knip or the Kokomo beach of Curaçao but on a budget, I would suggest trying the summer months, hotels, airfares, sightseeing is considerably cheaper around this time as compared to when the season peaks. What's special about Curaçao? It’s a beach-lovers paradise with awesome crystal clear water and if you happen to have an interest in marine life, Curaçao, it is for you! What you would immediately take notice of at Curaçao, the colorfully painted houses and the food trucks!
#7 Mexico City
Castles, museums, art, history, state parks, cathedrals, which ones would you want to see? I guess it's impossible to cover all in just one trip. Well, that's a good enough reason to come back to Mexico City! And wait, don't forget the bike tours by locals, the Guadalupe Shrine tour and the yummy Mexico City street food tour. And when you get off touring, stuff yourself with delish enchiladas, tacos, churros, tostadas and many more. The best time to visit? When the winter starts getting too harsh in places like New York, Mexico City starts getting better because of its very mild winter, wow how nice is that!