Christmas and New Years are behind us, the decorations are put away. Now what the next two or three months will be is cold weather, bleak skies, and slippery walkways.
So, no wonder mid January through mid March is the time to escape the cold weather and head to the tropics. If you are entertaining the idea of getting away for a week (or even a weekend), here are some suggestions:
-Cancun Mexico — offering all-inclusive resorts in the moderate to luxury range. This destination is more suited for adults, but there are still some family friendly options in the Hotel Zone for all price points. If you haven’t been to Cancun in the last decade, the biggest changes are the addition of some top-of-the-line luxury resorts.
-Riviera Maya Mexico — still reigns my favorite destination in terms of the quality of the resorts and the best “bang for the buck” in the upscale and luxury all-inclusive market. There are resorts here that range the size ranges (from tiny boutique to huge mega-campus). Plus, you can’t beat the flight times from the US.
-US Virgin Islands — a great tropical choice if you don’t have time time or energy to get your passports before heading south. Resorts here range from 3 to 5 stars, mostly without meal plans. Anticipate needing one connection with your flights each way, so a longer (4 nights or more) stay is best suited.
-Disney Cruise Lines — now with four ships instead of two, your options are double! Winter itineraries depart from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Miami, and Galveston (Texas). If you can travel during a week that schools are normally in session, pricing is pretty good. Spring Break and Easter dates are pretty full (and pricey).
-Tahiti — this is actually Tahiti’s low season and their summer. So if Bora Bora is on your bucket list, maybe this is the year you get to go! If you are looking to travel within the next 3 months, having some flexibility on travel dates, island, and resort will help (since space does book up early, especially with the overwater bungalows in the 5 star resorts). This is an ideal second honeymoon suggestion.
-Hawaii — A little bit of luau, plumeria in the air, and beachfront walks can do wonders to alleviate the winter doldrums. Maui is a great “first visit” choice, but you’ll need to rent a car. If you want to avoid driving, Oahu is your best option. Kauai is a little more adventurous (and by that, I mean more outdoorsy stuff to do). Big Island is where you get to see the active volcano. Stick to one island, unless you have at least 8 days to vacation.
Cabo, Mexico — Cabo is quite popular in the winter. The weather is milder (in the summer, it can get hot), and this is the season for whale watching. Cabo is also known for golfing and nightlife. New on the scene are some great 4 and 5 star all-inclusive resorts. I’m personally staying at the Secrets Marquis Los Cabos later this month — I can’t wait! A great choice for adults wanting a little luxury and to replenishment, and there are also some great family friendly choices.
US Virgin Islands
Now, these are just a few suggestions. There are many others…in the Caribbean, South Pacific, Central America…so just ask!