Cure the winter blues with these unique warm destinations

  • Morning view of Amalfi cityscape on coast line of mediterranean sea, Italy

    Amalfi Coast, Italy

    Off the western coast of Italy, on the shores of the Mediterranean, the Amalfi Coast gives visitors natural beauty and culture as vibrant as the sea.  Built into the steep coastline are enchanting villas, terraced vineyards and orchards, and ancient cathedrals. The Amalfi Coast is perfect for the traveler looking for warm Mediterranean weather paired with culture and incredible Italian cuisine.  Because of its stunning landscapes and the historic sites, the Amalfi Coast earned UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997.

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  • San Pedro was once a sleepy fishing village until it was granted status as a town in 1848

    Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize

    As the largest town on Ambergris Caye, San Pedro is for the traveler who enjoys island life with a little bit of adventure. The town is a popular place for divers to explore the waters and observe nurse sharks, stingrays and moray eels. If staying on land is more your style, Bacalar Chico National Park offers hiking, wildlife viewing and is also home to the Chac Balam Mayan ruins. Wherever adventure takes you, San Pedro has plenty of seafood restaurants and beach bars where you can blissfully end your day.

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  • Large rock formations on La Pedrera landmark beach, Uruguay, South America

    La Pedrera, Uruguay

    Just because the calendar says December doesn’t mean it’s winter all over the world. For the Southern Hemisphere, our cold and blustery winter is their warm and sunny summer. While the days are growing shorter in the United States, the days are getting longer in La Pedrera, Uruguay. In this rustic seaside village, winter means al fresco dining, day trips to rocky beaches, and immersing yourself in the South American lifestyle.

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  • Night view of Madeira from Funchal

    Madeira, Portugal

    Europe is not the first place to come to mind when searching for a winter getaway. Much of the continent experiences cold and wet winters. But Madeira, Portugal, an island located west of the shores of Morocco, is one of the few European destinations not located on the Mediterranean that experiences a pretty mild winter. With temperatures hovering around the 60s, it’s a pleasant experience hiking the cliffs of Cabo Girão, strolling through the Madeira Botanical Garden and exploring the São Vicente Caves.

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  • Handmade carpets and rugs in the streets of Morocco

    Marrakesh, Morocco

    For travelers who are more about exploring and less about laying on the beach, Marrakesh is a vibrant place with a rich culture that you’ll find stimulating. From photogenic mosques and palaces to the labyrinth of marketplaces (souks), there’s plenty to explore in one of the most visited places in Morocco.

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  • Relax on the beaches of Jamaica

    Montego Bay, Jamaica

    White sands grace the shores of Montego Bay’s beaches, which will keep you warm throughout the rest of winter. For the traveler who enjoys the perks of the all-inclusive resort, Montego Bay is one of Jamaica’s most luxurious and most popular vacation spots. Popular excursions available in and around the area range from riding quads to scuba diving in the azure waters of the Caribbean.

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  • Watch the sunset as long tail boat float in the Andaman Sea

    Phuket, Thailand

    A tropical paradise floating in the Andaman Sea, Phuket offers travelers the delights of pristine nature and a blend of Asian cultures. On just one island, visitors can experience stunning beaches with crystal blue waters, mountains, rainforests, a nuanced cuisine specific to Phuket, as well as 29 Buddhist temples. The rain season in Thailand ends in late October, making the winter months the preferable season for visitors. So whether you’re slowing down at a luxurious resort or hitting the nightclubs and bars of Patong, Phuket is an exciting getaway that will make you forget that it’s winter.

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  • Stroll the streets of the Quito's historic city center

    Quito, Ecuador

    Sitting on the equator, Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, is in a state of perpetual summer. And it's another winter escape that is rich with culture, with a history dating back to the ancient Inca civilization. Quito’s historic city center is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, accented by cobblestone streets lined with a blend of colonial buildings and European cathedrals built on an Incan foundation. It’s the largest city in Ecuador, but just outside of the city are stunning landscapes, wild nature and the Andes mountains.

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  • Aerial View of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel.

    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    San Miguel de Allende is a little slice of Spain located in Mexico’s central highlands. The neo-Gothic church, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, is the centerpiece of the city and is only a sample of the vibrantly colored architecture you’ll find in this cultural hub. This is another winter getaway that’s for the traveler who wants to trade in routine for a truly unique experience.

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  • Ancient Mayan ruins sidle up to the Caribbean in Tulum, Mexico.

    Tulum, Mexico

    Located on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Tulum is known for its beaches as well as its Mayan ruins, some of which can be found right next to the beach. Aside from exploring Tulum’s ancient heritage by visiting the Mayan ruins in Parque Nacional de Tulum, the city has, in recent years, become known as a culinary epicenter. With influences from Yucatecan ingredients and locally-sourced seafood, Tulum is the perfect destination for the foodie traveler.

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