Winter can be a real bummer. It’s right around this time of year that it starts feeling like you’ve been wearing a coat, hat, and scarf for-eh-ver. I’m also not a huge fan of the dark nights. Thank goodness for warm weather getaways.
These are some of my favorite spots year ’round, but jetting off in January and February and reminding your skin what sunshine feels like is oh so important.
While Miami’s beaches might not be my favorite, the shopping and dining really is. There are so many incredible restaurants to choose from and the cutest boutiques carrying pieces that will no doubt have all your gal pals asking, “where’s that from!?” If you’re looking for a warm weather vacation that combines beaches and cocktails with top notch cuisine, great shopping and an amazing nightlife, Miami is your spot.
I really fell in love with Tulum when I visited. It has everything you could possibly want from a warm weather getaway: an incredible beach, beautiful crystal clear waters, great seafood and gorgeous boutiques to blow all your money on. Tulum has some of the best “beach chic” shopping I’ve ever come across. There are designers from all over the world and particularly beautiful pieces from around Mexico.
Noosa is a beautiful respite from the big cities along the East coast. The beaches remain a haven, the shopping is unique and funky and the restaurants cater to the ever growing population. It has year round warm weather and easy access to surrounding beach towns for even more reclusion.
Caya Coco, Cuba
Aren’t you tired of hearing people say “now is the time to go to Cuba!” Me too. I think anytime would be a good time to sit on a while sand beach drinking mojitos (did you know they were from Cuba?) and hanging out with pink flamingos. Caya Coco is a little island near the middle of Cuba which you can access via a bridge. There are a few beach resorts there, but mostly just sand and sea. If you want to get away from it all, this is an ideal spot.
Where to Shop: The market at El Senador
Where to Eat: Most hotels in this area are all inclusive – you can also dine at the different restaurants at other hotels.
Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia
While most of the neighboring islands are known for their backpacker parties, Koh Rong Sanloem is a complete island paradise. Whether you’re looking for a romantic spot to hang with your beau or a winter escape with the girls, this easy to get to island is utter paradise. There are beautiful villas, beachside huts or hotels that are completely luxurious. This is the spot to come to leave it all behind (so no shopping, only a few seafood and local food options available).
Where to Eat: Cita in Saracen Bay and the Drift in M’Pai Bei
This Caribbean island is one of complete and total luxury. It’s not even right how pristine the beaches are and how turquoise the water is. It is truly a paradise and the hotels, restaurants and shopping on the island fit right in.
Gili Meno, Indonesia
The quieter of the famous “gilis” near Bali, Gili Meno is a true escape. This is the place to relax all day in a hammock and swim with sea turtles. Just off of the island is the scuba area known as the Gili Meno Wall. It atracks turtles from all over to munch making this island the unofficial sea turtle capital of the world.
Where to Eat: Sasak Cafe and 1674 Restaurant
Mexico City, Mexico
How could I leave my new home out of this list? As I look out the window the sun is shining on my face. Although it’s not beach weather, the average each day is about 65 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s tons of amazing boutiques, so many beautiful art galleries and museums and seriously good food. I mean some of the best food I’ve EVER eaten. The boutique hotel scene continues to grow and there are tons to choose from.