Every year winter rolls around and seems pretty benign at first.
Then the first snowfall hits and the cold winds pick up and you start wondering, why you have chosen to stay in a frozen tundra? You know, without a doubt, that there is sun somewhere behind the gray clouds hanging above you. Here are a couple of tropical getaways that promise to show you their sunshine.
Costa Rica -December marks the start of dry season in Costa Rica. With dry season come 70-degree temperatures and a lot of sunshine. Hiking, exploring lush rainforests, touring country sides or surfing in the beautiful turquoise waters, whatever warm-weather activity you desire it awaits you in Costa Rica.
Puerto Rico – The best thing about Puerto Rico is that you do not need a passport to go. Okay, that might not be the best thing, but it certainly can make it a draw for U.S. citizens seeking a tropical getaway. Less than three hours away from Miami by plane, this island feels like another country but it is actually a territory of the United States. Puerto Rico has a rich cultural identity and is known for its beautiful clear waters and its 20-foot waves for the surfer in your group.
Key West makes an ideal winter getaway for people looking for warm weather, snorkeling, scuba diving, and daiquiris on a chill afternoon. The city has a great laid-back atmosphere and a real “be here now,” philosophy. If you tire of lounging on the beach and drinking your favorite cocktail, you can always head over to Ernest Hemingway’s former home and take a tour of the historic landmark.
Queenstown, New Zealand. If you are an adventurer and a risk-taker, then Queenstown is the city for you. Mountain biking, bungee jumping, rafting, skydiving, skiing, snowboarding, all of these activities are but a short distance from your hotel. The pace of the city is one that can keep up with you whether one a high-flying adventure or chilling out with a nice bottle of wine. Whatever you are feeling in the moment, this town is ready to feel it with you.
Take some time to investigate one of these cities. There are great tour packages and discount opportunities available for most of them and they are just a mouse click away.