According to USNews, winter is the perfect time to visit Kauai, Playa del Carmen or St. Martin (and St. Maartin). These islands are the top 3 winter vacation hotspots. Whether it’s a relaxing island breeze or a late night on the town, these winter vacation destinations have a little of everything.
Famed for being the most scenic winter vacation spot in the Hawaiian island chain, Kauai is worth its somewhat high winter price tag. Usnews.com suggests that finding a package deal will offset the price of Kauai’s busy season. When the rest of the world gets cold, Kauai stays warm and inviting. Go for a dip in the sparkling blue waters or relax under a swaying palm tree, because Kauai is truly on island time.
Playa del Carmen
Replacing the ever so popular Cancun, Playa del Carmen is an A-lister winter vacation destination. With tendy beach huts and crystal blue waters, Playa del Carmen is as beautiful as it is chic. For the traveler that is looking to party the night away, the beach resorts are the place to be. For the traveler who is looking for the quaint village feel, find lodging inland. Inland you can enjoy authentic restaurants, shopping and the local sites. Always make sure to keep safety first. Whenever enjoying the splendors of a foreign country, always be cognizant of the surroundings, and only go with reputable excursion groups if going outside of the city.
St. Martin (and St. Maartin)
St. Martin is actually a two part island including St. Martin, the French ruled side and St. Maartin, the Dutch ruled side. The French side is known for its amazing restaurants and wild, little clothing beaches. The Dutch side is known for its party scene with clubs, casinos and bars. Usnews.com advises to watch your restaurant bill carefully as most of the island restaurants include a 15 percent tip with the bill. Also, do not call from one side of the island to the other, as it is highly expensive. It is considered an international call. If needed, e-mail to the other side to keep expenses low. Ditch the car rental during this trip, as buses run everywhere on the island and cost only $1.50 USD, one way.