17 Sizzling Hot Destinations to Escape the Cold

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Now that December has approached, all that you’re probably thinking about is Christmas – and the harsh weather that’s coming our way. The thought of shoveling snow, dry skin and flu season may make you feel blue, but a winter getaway will definitely cheer you up. These 17 hot getaways make a great addition to your winter bucket list.

Central America:

1. Tobago

Waterfalls, private beaches and an affordable destination to visit for the holidays. Tobago has some of the most unique accommodations and dining when it comes to sand and sun destinations. Check out their Sunday School techno parties, Underwater Carnival and Tobago Jazz Experience for the full island vibe.

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2. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

In the capital island of Turks and Caicos, Grand Turk is a highlight for any traveler looking to relax by the beach. Looking for a little more than just the sand and sea? Grand Turk is extremely well known for their rustic and historical past. Stroll through the streets of Cockburn Town for the ultimate Grand Turk experience.

Photo Credit: James Willamor
Photo Credit: James Willamor

3. Dominica

Dominica is a great place to visit if you’re looking for some unspoiled peace and quiet. Though very affordable to visit today, Dominica is still one of the most well preserved islands in the Caribbean. Whether you enjoy a dive in the sea, or hours along the hiking trails of the rainforest, Dominica is bound to be a great adventure.

Photo Credit: Matthias Ripp
Photo Credit: Matthias Ripp

4. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

No island quite says ‘beach’ like the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman. Though it is a unique place to tour, most travelers come to this beautiful serenity for all sand, all sun and all sea. Here you will find the world famous Seven Mile Beach lined with beautiful beach bars and restaurants that will keep you busy for weeks on end.

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5. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix is a very culturally rich islands in the Caribbean that still carries quite a historical presence today. Former history gives credit to Spain, Netherlands, France, Denmark, USA and a few others. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation this season with a little more life in the books, St. Croix will be sure to blow your mind.

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6. Anguilla

With next to perfect weather and a beautiful landscape, there is no reason not to put Anguilla on your list for winter destinations. Anguilla is tucked up in the Northern Caribbean and therefore is not always the most popular of destinations for tourists. Use this to your advantage, as it is a majestic place rich with unchanged culture and beautiful beaches.

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South America:

7. Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Years ago many legends developed from Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and since then it has been known as a magical place for not only the Inca people to visit but people across the globe. If you have an interest in learning about treasure and the beautiful nature, Lake Titicaca is the place to be.

Photo Credit: Stefan
Photo Credit: Stefan

8. Punta del Este, Uruguay

The population is low and the visitor rate is high; Punta del Este in Uruguay is one of the most tropical places to be  if you’re looking for beautiful resorts on the beach front and parties that run into the night. Previous visitors have given the city various names all in relation to ‘Vegas on the beach’. What is a better way to party?

Photo Credit: Ernesto Jorysz
Photo Credit: Ernesto Jorysz

9. Mar Del Plata, Argentina

If you’re one of those travellers who can’t sit still in the sun for longer than five minutes, well then you’re sure not to get bored of Mar Del Plata in Argentina. Situated 400 kilometres from Buenos Aires, Mar Del Plata is one of the largest beach cities across Argentina. This tropical destination offers a great combination and is the best of both worlds.

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Photo Credit: aloys_dharambure

Asia:

10. Hainan, China

When you think of China, you think big. No, in this instance, try and think small, very small. Hainan is the smallest province in China and is a sunshine paradise all year round. Given its very remote and small, this is one of the best islands to explore. Looking to take a break from the beaches and jump into some cycling and hiking? Take a gander at Hainan tourism.

Photo Credit: See-ming Lee
Photo Credit: See-ming Lee

11. Kerala, India

What was once a secret gem of India is now becoming increasingly popular for international tourists. Kerala is its own ‘India’ and is should be no means be compared to the typical ‘hustle and bustle’ of the Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Kerala is an Indian oasis along the river sides and is best known for its remote backwater overnight cruises, trips to the beach and animal interactions. The best part of Kerala is that it is very affordable.

Photo Credit: Emmanuel Dyan
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Dyan

12. Bali, Indonesia

A romantic honeymoon location turned vacation paradise for not just love birds, but families and backpackers all alike. Bali is filled with rich culture and the most picturesque beaches you will set your sights on. It is one of those places you search up online only to realize you’re booking your trip minutes later.

Photo Credit: Kalyan Neelamraju
Photo Credit: Kalyan Neelamraju

13. Galle, Sri Lanka

If you’re planning a longer vacation to avoid all of the cold and treturous winter snow, Galle, Sri Lanka is a great suggestion. It is a new destination for travellers but it one of the largest cities in Sri Lanka and lines the beach coast. Looking for city lights and picturesque sunsets on the beach? You can explore Galle for days without getting tired of the various views!

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Africa:

14. Red Sea, Egypt

If there is one tropical destination to suggest to divers, the Red Sea in Egypt would be the place to go. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced diver, the Red Sea has wonderful dive packages for people all ages and all skill levels. Year round, the Red Sea is a vacation hot spot for travellers who enjoy active vacations and an immense amount of awesome water sports.

Photo Credit: Thom Chandler
Photo Credit: Thom Chandler

15. Canary Islands

Whether you’re travelling through Morocco already or have planned a specific trip to the Canary Islands, it is a beautiful place to be over the holidays. While the islands have a variety of natural activities to enjoy, the trip will be relaxation for your body and soul. Trek through the volcanic mountains, tan beach side with a cocktail or cruise through the city to learn all about their rich culture.

Photo Credit: Azuaje
Photo Credit: Azuaje

Oceania:

16. South Island, New Zealand

Though you can choose to sit by the beach while visiting the South Island of New Zealand, you’re not going to want to. There is so much unique and undiscovered history dating back to the European settlement. Some say you can actually still find charcoal drawings lining the rocks from ancient times. Enjoy the incredible weather and go out and find the archaeologist in you!

Photo Credit: Graeme Churchard
Photo Credit: Graeme Churchard

17. Bay of Islands, New Zealand

This has got to be New Zealand’s most popular vacation destination for travellers across the globe. There are still many smaller islands around the main vacationing spots that have yet to be discovered. Regardless, you could spend hours on the crystal clear water sailing or snorkeling your days away. Be prepared to come home relaxed and rejuvenated. You aren’t going to want to leave.

Photo Credit: Russel Street
Photo Credit: Russel Street

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About the Author: Jenna Davis

I am a 20-something Canadian travel blogger whose home address is as unknown as the next destination I will be visiting. I run my own travel blog at www.giveforgranted.com with a focus on affordable travel and unique experiences. Helping keep our true north strong and free, I have also developed a non-profit organization which supports northern Canadians living in poverty. Give for Granted.

Comments:

  • I did not see ANY prices. If it is an impulse don’t people need a very quick indication of prices? When, from where, type of accommodation. How big is the resort, what is the name, can I do a review of quality and previous opinions. Maybe it is all there – I did not see it in 30 seconds.

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