September rolls around and the cold settles in. The leaves begin to fall off the branches and before you know it, it’s winter. The dreaded cold, snow, and cloudy days can make even the best of us a bit gloomy. If you live in the great North, winter can be the worst season and it lasts twice as long as any other. If you’re not feeling the weather, take some time off from work or school to travel somewhere. It might lift your mood and get your excited for what winter has to offer somewhere else!
What are some good places to travel to in the winter?
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Known for: Most affordable place to visit in the winter
San Juan is one of the best places to visit for a winter getaway. Not only is the weather amazing, but hotel prices are a lot cheaper than any other Caribbean island. You get to enjoy temperatures up to 28-30 degrees Celsius from December to April, and it experiences very little rainfall. The amazing beaches will be the highlight of your trip, as it is one of the most popular destinations for people travelling from all over the world.
You can also get to experience Carnaval de Ponce in February. It’s a week long full of festivities and parades, similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Known for: Best ski resort in North America
If you’re not in the mood for sun, and you just want to enjoy the snow, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the top places to hit up. It is a ski/snowboarding resort with a lot of slopes for everything you need. It is the largest ski resort in North America and it was featured in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. It consists of Whistler and Blackcomb (two of the tallest mountains) and over 39 ski lifts.
Known for: The most amount of beaches available
Miami has constant highs of 22-28 degrees from September to March. It’s one of the best places to visit if you’re in the mood for some sun, a few beaches and shopping. Imagine being able to sun bask on South Beach or Virginia Key Beach. They have 16 beaches that you can visit if you need a lot of options. This is sure to be one of the hottest getaways in the winter. Be prepared for your friends enviously wishing they were you as you post on social media all the amazing pictures of being on a beach in December.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Known for: Best place for a little bit of everything
Dubai is known as one of the place that has everything. If you’re down to enjoy the sun and relax, go by one of the beaches or swim by the dolphins in the lagoon. Dubai is known to have some of the best water parks in the world. If you’re not in the mood for that summer-y weather, you can switch over to their indoor alpine ski resort at Ski Dubai. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like — there’s a 22,500m real snow-covered slope where you can go tobogganing, skiing, and throwing snowballs.
New York City, New York
Known for: Best city view and lights
New York City may not be one of the warmest places to visit in the winter, and we’re willing to bet a lot of people already live there, but we do name it as one of the top 5 places to visit in the winter. It resonates within us as one of the most romantic cities in the winter — from the glamorous lights in Times Square to the skating rink at Rockefeller Square. The city is lit up bright and people are bundled up in their jackets, drinking hot chocolate in a cafe somewhere. If you want to enjoy the winter for its snow, try enjoying it in the Big Apple instead!
What’s your favorite place to visit in the winter?
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