When it drops below 30 degrees, we know that winter is nigh, and while some people can stand the bitter cold, we know we'll be begging for some vitamin D and warmth by January. And not just the kind you find in the vitamin aisle—we're talking real deal, with the sun on your skin until you're glowing with freckles.
In anticipation of the coldest months of the year, we created a travel list of all the lovely warm destinations to visit during the winter when we need to defrost. Scroll to see the 11 dreamiest warm places to visit this winter. If you book them now, you'll definitely thank yourself later, and if you don't, at least you'll put yourself in a Tahiti state of mind. Bye-bye blizzards, hello balmy bliss.
Let's start with a place that resembles paradise more than any other: Bali, Indonesia. Whether you're in the mood to lounge on a pristine white sand beach, take in the mesmerizing patterns created by the rice paddy fields, head out on a snorkeling expedition, or explore volcanoes and ancient ruins, you'll find your vacation match here. It's surrounded by rice paddy farmlands, green hills, and volcanoes, making the backdrop for your vacation truly breathtaking.
If you love the tropical vibe of the islands, then you'll love the buzzy spot situated right above the Caribbean Sea: Bermuda. It's known for its unique pink sand beaches and calm, turquoise waters. In our eyes, Bermuda is a picture-perfect vacation town. When you're not dozing off on the beach, make sure you explore the caves and swim with the pigs in Hog's Bay.
If you're feeling adventurous, go on a diving expedition throughout the shipwrecks in the Bermuda Triangle. Fun fact: Bermuda has the most shipwrecks per square mile than any other place in the world.
Palm Springs, California
Hello, desert sanctuary. Going to Palm Springs in the middle of winter will feel like the warm embrace you've been looking for. This Southern California retreat also happens to be a mecca for midcentury-modern design aficionados, and it's chock-full of incredible antique shops and flea markets. The surrounding landscape is one of the most photogenic in the world, too.
You'll likely never see water more clear and rock formations more magical than the ones in Seychelles, so take it all in. Located between Madagascar and Kenya, this string of islands is one of our favorite places to kick back and get a tan. There isn't a lot to do in Seychelles because the big claim to fame is the beaches, but we have one recommendation: Anse Georgette. It's a secluded beach well-known and loved to locals, so it will never be crowded.
Located on Oahu's south shore (one of the major eight islands in Hawaii), Honolulu is paradise. The palm trees, Waikiki Beach, and nearby Diamond Head crater set the beachy city apart from any other American metropolis. There are endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and historical excursions, and it's easy to explore the other parts of the island, too, if you rent a car.
If you want to take a little adventure, book a snorkel cruise on a catamaran to see the biggest sea turtles you'll probably ever encounter. Some of them can weigh up to 350 pounds!
Harbour Island, Bahamas
Harbour Island is another one of those unbelievably charming locales that's almost too pretty to be real. It's a small island (three and a half miles long and just a mile and a half wide) awash in pastel buildings and golf carts, whimsical pale pink sand beaches, and lovely shades of topaz in every direction.
Head to the Scottsdale if you want to experience a cool, up-and-coming downtown scene as well as a classic Western town. There are plenty of photogenic cacti, endless resort activities, world-class hiking (make sure to do Cambleback Mountain), and even better desert sunsets.
Reader, meet Nirvana. The beautiful island nation of Mauritius off of the East African Coast is worth exploring for so many reasons, but if we had to pick one, it would be the SALT of Palmar, a boutique hotel showing us how sustainability is done. Whether you go for a few nights or just for dinner (their whole menu is locally sourced), you won't regret it.
Head to the other side of the world for some much-needed fun in the sun. Sydney, Australia, is a surfer's paradise that also happens to be a design and style hub. Check out the Bondi Icebergs, a set of historical infinity pools overlooking (and sometimes spilling into) the ocean, and then get your shopping fix in the neighborhoods of Bondi and Cremorne.
Nature lovers, design fans, and big-time foodies won't be able to stop smiling in this Mexican oasis. Tulum is the ultimate Mexican beach experience, where you can surf, scuba dive, and go swimming in the vivid blue cenotes (huge natural pits or sinkholes). Because it's pretty near the equator, the sun will shine a lot stronger than it would on any beach in the U.S., so don't forget the SPF. We promise you'll still leave with a tan.
Miami Beach, Florida
Miami is easily one of the coolest and most beautiful cities in the country. There's a reason so many people flock there in the winter months, too. It's basically the perfect balance between a laid-back, fun tropical locale and a bustling urban metropolis—especially if you stay in Miami's South Beach area.
From world-class shopping to beachside lounging, colorful Art Deco architecture, authentic Cuban cuisine, and a bustling art scene, there's no shortage of excitement and beauty in this Sunshine State locale.