As winter’s dark, cold days settle in, most of us find ourselves daydreaming of white sandy beaches and ice-cold rum runners for winter escapes. Warm destination resorts range from sun-drenched luxury spas to budget-conscious beach cottages big enough for the whole family.
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These winter escapes are among the most popular ones you should check out. But, of course, being famous, you know that tourists love going back and forth to these spots.
1. Rincon, Puerto Rico
An informal guest house on the ocean, Beside the Point at Tamboo is a perfect sun-drenched vacation destination for families and couples. A long-time surfer destination, Rincon is located on a peninsula along the west coast of the island. Stick your umbrella in any one of the twelve local beaches or sign up for surfing lessons and learn to ride the waves with some world-class surfers.
2. Long Key, Florida
Lime Tree Bay Resort is nestled on the bayside of this 2-mile-long island paradise. Hammocks sway enticingly as you wander through the tree-filled property. This resort features on-site watersports, shuffleboard, and lots of quiet. Offering kitchenettes and treehouse accommodations, families or couples will find this budget-friendly destination a welcome sun-filled retreat.
3. Turks & Caicos Islands
The Parrot Cay Resort & Spa is a luxury 5-star resort accessible only by boat. Situated on a private island with its mile-long tranquil beach, you’ll find yourself spending long lazy days filled with diving, dining, and massages. It may be only 575 miles from Miami, but it’s a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world.
As one guest from New York shares, “My 4-day romantic vacation at Parrot Cay was over the top in every way. The service is excellent from the moment you get off the plane to when you sink into your soft bed. The facility is amazing. The food is terrific. The staff is extremely attentive and calls to make sure you are happy.
4. Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Located just outside the hopping resort town of Ixtapa, the Amuleto Resort provides a peaceful place for tranquility, relaxation, and reflection. Each of this boutique resort’s five private suites offers infinity pools and exquisite views of the bay from your private terrace. Children under 16 are not allowed (unless the complete resort is booked by the family), making this a romantic adult getaway unlike any other.
5. St. James, Barbados
Sandy Lane is a luxurious golf resort featuring three golf courses, including the well-known Green Monkey, designed by Tom Fazio. When not teeing off, you will find yourself enjoying the award-winning spa services at this world-class premier resort.
6. Rancho Valencia, California
Just off the beaten path and about half an hour outside San Diego sits the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa. Finely manicured gardens cover the property, which features tennis, pools, a spa, and dining. Not far off are Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and Mission Beach.
7. Hopkins, Belize
Charming Hopkins Village is home to the small 27-room Belizean Dreams Resort. Sitting on the Caribbean Sea, guests can have a poolside massage while sipping a cool umbrella-topped drink. The Belize Barrier Reef and Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve are located nearby. As one family vacationer comments, “We had an amazing stay! The staff was friendly and attentive to our every need. This resort is spotless and well-maintained; the restaurant is fun and serves great food. Love the beach bar.”
8. Acapulco, Mexico
The Fairmont Acapulco Princess is built to resemble a 15-story Aztec pyramid complete with terraced gardens. The resort offers five free-form swimming pools and a private golf course. Located right on Revolcadero Beach, their 480 acres are adorned with lush gardens replete with flamingoes and swans.
9. St. Petersburg, Florida
In the style of Key West, the Plaza Beach Hotel is the perfect place for families to return year after year. The staff at this 39-suite resort is extremely pleasant, and the amenities are kept updated and geared toward family pleasure. Sitting right on St. Pete Beach, you can choose between hanging out on the soft, warm sand or at the pool overlooking the ocean. Kitchenettes offer family-friendly budget options, plus there’s a family BBQ area complete with a cabana right on site.
10. St. Mary’s, Jamaica
The couples-only resort idea started here at the Couples Tower Isle Resort. Snuggled into the coastline of Ochos Rios, this newly renovated resort features an all-inclusive package with meals, beverages, activities, and accommodations – for “Couples Only.” You can lounge on the private white sandy beach, play tennis or golf or have a daily couples massage.
11. Puntarenas, Costa Rica
High on a hilltop in the lush natural rainforest is Villa Calletas, offering the discriminating traveler a one-of-a-kind combination of both mountain and seaside resorts. With a private beach for resort guests at its base, Villa Calletas is located 1,150 feet above sea level. It offers canopy views of the rainforest, scarlet macaw fly-bys, and scenic ocean terrace views.
These 11 winter escapes will surely help you forget the coldness of winter.