When it's warm, we start thinking about our next beach vacation. That's how our lives look from December to March every year when you repeat that cycle roughly 50 times. To help you reconcile your wanderlust, we've compiled a list of the top 10 destinations to visit this winter for you to consider for your next winter getaway. Just because it's a choice doesn't mean only you have to make it. We are here to help you!
Because of its flat terrain, this British Overseas Territory north of St. Maarten has earned the reputation of being a great getaway. As the most popular beach on the island, Shoal Bay provides visitors with a wide range of amenities, including soft sands, crystal-clear waters, non-tourist restaurants and bars, and private resorts (like the Altamer Resort and Zemi Beach House, which are perfect for families).
Winter is the best season to visit Japan, particularly if you want to avoid the summer crowds and travel to Nagano, the island nation's largest ski resort. The northern Alps resort of Hakuba, located just outside the city, is one of Japan's top all-around ski resorts. Indulge your post-skiing soreness by visiting the onsens in the area. Start with Shirahone Onsen, which has milky white water rich in magnesium and calcium, and recharge yourself with bowls of soba noodles, which are popular in this part of Japan.
A glitzy four-day convention (planned for December 1 to December 4 in 2022) known as Art Basel Miami Beach brings many tourists to Miami in the early months of December. Still, there are many more reasons to visit the city in the months leading up to that. Namely? Big-name restaurants like Le Sirenuse (Italy) and Quinto La Huella (Uruguay) have recently opened in the city.
Chile has something for everyone, and it's all within a short distance of one other. Visit the bustling city of Santiago, the adjacent Andes for world-class skiing, the Atacama Desert for stargazing with astronomers, or the beautiful seaside resort of Valparaiso via Chile's wineries. One of America's most beautiful cities, San Francisco, has lollipop-colored houses scattered throughout the city's 22 hills.
Zermatt, encircled by the Alps' most incredible peaks, has 233 miles of routes in four enormous ski areas—some at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet—so snow here persists for a very long season. The picturesque Alpine town of Lenzerheide is at the foot of Switzerland's most renowned mountain, the Matterhorn. It has a cutting-edge lift system and upscale après-ski options for visitors.
Safaris in South Africa take a back place to the metropolis of Cape Town between December and March because of the ideal weather. Cape Town's hotel, restaurant, and nightlife scenes match those of major European and American cities throughout the summer in the Southern Hemisphere. In addition, the wine regions of South Africa, such as Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Swartland, are in full bloom and can be reached in a day's drive.
Bergen is a picture-perfect Nordic town with brightly colored wooden houses, a picturesque port, and panoramic views of the fjords. Even if the city is stunning in the summer, the best time to see the Northern Lights is in the dead of winter. If you're shivering in Scandinavia, you may as well check an astronomical achievement off your list.
Ilha Grande, Brazil
Located in the province of Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande's natural beaches and crystal-clear seas make it seem like a world apart from the metropolis. Ilha Grande's protected jungles are home to monkeys, sloths, toucans, and macaws, as well as an abundance of marine life. Even Magellanic penguins come to the island because of a rare confluence of currents that also draws humpback whales, orcas, and sea turtles to the vicinity.
If you think Prague was gorgeous in the summer, wait till you see it in the winter months: Amid the city's Gothic splendor, you may indulge in seasonal treats like sweet pastries and ham, sip mulled wine, and go shopping. The Old Town, where Prague's largest Christmas markets are held, are only five minutes apart by foot. Besides these delicacies, the needs are a flurry of Christmas songs and lights, as well as typical Czech items and decorations.
The pure Vida lifestyle is simple to embrace when encircled by misty waterfalls, uninhabited beaches, and preserved forests. More than 75% of Costa Rica's land is protected from DEVELOPMENT BY ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. Approximately 20,000 sea turtles congregate on the beaches of Playa del Coco and Tamarindo along the Pacific coast each year during the arribada season to deposit their eggs en masse.
The destinations mentioned above to visit this winter are unquestionably the greatest in the world for a winter trip, but there is a slew of others. Visiting all in one season is impossible, but travelers should see all these sites once in a lifetime because they provide a unique combination of excitement and tranquillity. Make your vacation memorable and rewarding by planning and booking early. Remember to tell us about some of your favorite moments as well.