It’s no surprise that most people vacation during the summer months, but the winter season can actually be a perfect time for an escape too, especially if you like to experience different climates. Instead of hibernating from the cold this year, try one of these eight places we think everyone should add to their list of winter getaways. Whether you are a sun seeker or a snow lover, we have something on the list for everyone!
With so many activities to choose from, British Columbia is definitely the perfect place for a winter vacation. The best part about this beautiful Canadian province is the landscapes and scenery. From snow-capped mountains, to deserts, rainforests and the Pacific Ocean, BC has it all.
Whistler is one of British Columbia’s top tourist destinations with world class skiing and lodging that make it a must for any ski and snowboard enthusiast. An hour outside of Vancouver, the drive to Whistler along the sea-to-sky highway make the journey worthwhile with incredible views that will leave you speechless. Of course, with so much nature around, you are likely to have some incredible wildlife encounters too. If you choose to explore the BC wilderness you might be lucky enough to see some of the magnificent wildlife including bears, moose and if you venture out onto the Pacific Ocean you might even see a whale.
Colorado is a state best known for its incredible skiing and is home to several world famous ski destinations including Aspen, Breckenridge and Vail. With the crisp air and snowy mountains, it is no surprise that the most popular activities in Colorado all happen on the ski slopes. Cross country skiing is a big sport in Colorado with over a hundred cross country trials and 20 Nordic centers in the state. For travelers that don’t ski, a snowmobiling adventure is another great way to explore the Colorado Mountains. Sleigh rides, hot air balloons and dog sledding are just a few of the fun things you can do off the ski hill. We think it’s pretty safe to say the wide variety of activities on and off the slopes, make Colorado an ideal place for your family’s next winter getaway.
One of the most beautiful and well-traveled countries in Western Europe, France is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Brimming with class and culture that will truly leave you speechless, France holds a certain romance that draws you in. The must see of France is quite easily Paris, the city of love. In Paris you will find some of the most famous historical sites in the world.
The Eiffel tower, the Louvre Museum and the impressive River Seine, are just of a few of the favorite attractions you simply can’t miss when you visit Paris.
With cool weather, high altitudes and plenty of snow, Switzerland truly is a winter wonderland. The snow-capped Swiss Alps attract tourists from all over the world who come to indulge in the unique collection of snow sports and breathtaking scenery. Travelers looking to embrace the Swiss culture may enjoy some of Switzerland’s non-conventional European snow sports such as horse races across the snow and skijoring, which involves being pulled on skis by a fast moving horse.
Along with skiing, climbing, and hiking, you can also enjoy relaxing by the fire in your cozy chalet. And don’t worry if snow sports aren’t your thing, Switzerland is also famously known for their delicious cheese, chocolate, Rolex watches and countless other luxury items. Needless to say whether you’ve come to shop till you drop or eat until your heart’s content, Switzerland has something fun everyone will enjoy.
Between the warm weather and incredible beaches, it’s not hard to see why the Bahamas are a popular choice for a winter getaway. Spread out across 500 hundred miles of white sand and clear blue water, the Bahamas are made up of a diverse collection of small islands in the Caribbean. The crystal clear water is a dream for scuba divers and thrill seekers looking to explore the coral reefs, underwater caves and endless other diving locations found throughout the Bahamas.
Grand Bahama is the most popular choice among tourists with 3 national parks and an incredibly colorful collection of marine life to explore. Andros is another tourist favorite. Home to the 3rd largest barrier reef in the world, Andros is a great place to visit for divers and watersport enthusiasts.
With beautiful beaches, amazing weather and adventure around every corner, Belize is the perfect tropical escape. Located along the eastern shores of Central America, Belize is known for its world class diving. Surrounded by turquoise waters, Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. Dive the incredible blue hole, explore central Americas most intricate cave system or explore the highest waterfall in Central America. There is no shortage of incredible things to do here. Whether your passion lies in scuba diving, archeology, culture or exploring the tropical landscape, Belize will keep you captivated.
Known as the “Island of Enchantment”, Puerto Rico is a gorgeous destination rich in lush tropical terrain and endless beaches. From relaxing on the sand to mountain climbing and deep sea diving, Puerto Rico has something for even the most adventurous travelers.
Alive with culture and entertainment Puerto Rico celebrates many cultural festivals which are great fun full of dancing and flavourful authentic food. The major cities like San Juan, Mayaguez and Ponce each celebrate a unique art scene and host annual graffiti festivals that are great fun for tourists and art enthusiast alike.
Friendly people, incredible food and spectacular scenery are only a few of the reasons Jamaica is one of the most traveled destinations in the Caribbean. The great weather and beautiful vegetation make it easy to enjoy the island – spend the day unwinding on the beach, exploring the famous Dunn’s River Falls or hiking through the incredible Blue Mountains. Visit the resort town of Negril and walk along the golden sand of Seven Mile Beach, swim in the warn Caribbean Sea or take a dip in the Blue Hold Mineral Spring.
The bold and colorful food in Jamaica is another mouth-watering reason tourist can’t wait to visit. Famous for their tangy Jerk sauce and Island rum, there is no shortage of great flavors to indulge in. Learn all about Jamaica’s signature Appleton rum and take a tour of the Appleton estate. Jamaica has great entertainment for all ages, a vibrant nightlife scene and the soulful island sound of reggae music wherever you go.
Whether you are dreaming of a hot sandy beach or a snowy ski hill these destinations have got you covered. So beat the winter blues and book your winter getaway before it’s too late!
Author: Sarah Livsey
Sarah is both the Community Manager and voice of the travel accommodation website, RentbyOwner.com. As the Community Manager Sarah holds the important role of engaging travelers and creating a positive user experience. Her love of travel and her passion to learn new things, offer a fresh perspective to her writing and make for some fun and insightful travel advice.