As the days get shorter and nights colder; there’s nothing we’d rather do than take a quick jaunt to warmer locales. After all, who wouldn’t want a healthy dose of sunshine and vitamin D this winter? We’ve rounded up the five best spots for guaranteed sun, adventure, and world-class entertainment. See you on the beach!
Europe’s most reliable option for winter sun is also a wonderland for adventure seekers. The largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, there’s plenty to do from dolphin spotting, to hiking through ancient laurel forests and deep ravines, to sunning on black sand beaches. A must is the trolley train trip up to the summit of Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide. And of course, no trip to Spain would be complete without indulging in tapas and sangria.
With a hot desert climate, Dubai is the perfect escape from the dark winter months on much of the Western Hemisphere. In this playground of the Middle East you’ll find unbeatable shopping, the warm sands of Jumeirah Beach, dune surfing and much more. That’s not to mention epic nightlife and dining options, like sbe’s own Katsuya. Make sure to check out this upscale, yet down to earth Japanese fusion restaurant, headed by Chef Katsuya Uechi, overlooking the beautiful Dubai Fountains and just steps from the Burj Dubai—the world’s tallest building.
Enjoy Miami’s eternal sunshine. With chic hotels, day-to-night pool parties and sophisticated dining, you’ll never want to leave the sunshine state. Book yourself in for the perfect balance between playful and lux at the new SLS Brickell. Take advantage of paddle boarding and beachside bites at Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails Hallandale. And save room for the newest in fresh Italian fare at Fi’lia, led by James Beard Award Winning chef Michael Schwartz, or José Andrés’ Bazaar Mar—both at SLS Brickell.
The town that was inspiration for the iconic surf film “Endless Summer,” feels exactly like that: an endless supply of sun rays, glorious beaches, and bohemian vibes. Our winter is their summer, so you’ll have plenty of 80 – 90 degree days to experience some of the globe’s best surfing. If that’s not your thing, New Zealand is known for action, like cave exploring, stand up paddling, inner tubing, and rock climbing.
Baja California, ME
For a rugged winter getaway, the 1,200 kilometers that make up Baja California’s peninsula is the answer. By day, scuba dive with turtles, explore the area’s many vineyards, check out the consistent surf, indulge in Puertocitos’ natural hot springs. By night, sip margaritas and mezcal, by being serenaded by Mexico’s best Mariachi bands.