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Cold Weather Got You Down? Plan a Getaway to One of These Top Beaches

Cold Weather Got You Down? Plan a Getaway to One of These Top Beaches

With the United States experiencing some of the lowest winter temperatures in history, you’re probably about ready to get out of the arctic chill and head to a warm beach somewhere. Lucky for you, so are we. That’s why we did the research and rounded up some of the top beach destinations in the world. And trust us, every single one is more beautiful and warmer than the next.

Get ready to book your ticket – the sunshine is calling.

St. John, US Virgin Islands

White sandy beaches, water so clear you can see right down to your feet, and family-friendly activities galore – whether you're heading out of the cold solo, with a friend, or bringing the whole family along, St. John has everything you could ever want for a warm-weather getaway. From swimming with dolphins to beach-chair-drink-service (we may or may not be packing our own bags as you read this), it’s all waiting for you in St. John.

The best part? No need to renew that pesky passport for this trip. St. John is one of the United States Virgin Islands, so you’ll be visiting a US territory, meaning you can travel passport-free! Whether you want to kayak, snorkel, paddleboard, or simply nap in a waterside hammock, we suggest taking a day to relax at Honeymoon Beach during your stay in St. John. Dreamy.

Anguilla, British Overseas Territory

This destination requires a passport, but it’s so beautiful that you won’t even mind standing in line at the post office to mail out your renewal forms. Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean, is one of the best beach vacation spots, and for good reason – it boasts some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever lay your eyes on. From long, sandy stretches that seem to go on forever, to tiny, cave-covered alcoves reachable only by boat, this British territory offers a little bit of everything that a beach-goer could ever want.

If you visit Anguilla, don't forget to take a trip to the famous area of Little Bay. Accessible only by boat, the aptly named tiny and secluded cove will offer you a solitude-filled beach day to remember.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Located at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana has long been known as a famous beach destination for family fun and tranquil trips alike. Its beachside resorts, coral reef-lined seascapes, and family-friendly activities are all part of the never-ending charm.  

Punta Cana is an especially great option for those who might prefer to indulge in an ‘all inclusive’ stay. Meaning once you’ve paid up front, it’s time to put that wallet away and enjoy every amenity the resort or hotel has to offer!  

South Beach, Florida

Looking to stay stateside for your winter getaway? We get it. Luckily, there's always Miami! South Beach offers the beachside hotels, warm ocean water, and outdoor activities you crave in a vacation. Whether you're planning to shop the day away along Coconut Grove, visit the Wynwood Art District, or just sit with your toes in the sand, South Beach has a little something for everyone.

And no matter where you are in this (very chilly!) country right now, the warm weather of Miami won’t be more than a couple hours’ flight away. Be sure to pack your Cabana Life suits for this one – the bright colors and beautiful patterns are Miami-approved!   

Paradise Island, Bahamas

In the Bahamas, a bridge connects the hub-city of Nassau over Nassau Harbour to the famous Paradise Island. Relatively similar to what you’ll find in the Dominican Republic, you’ll also find that Paradise Island is a place created for resort-seekers. With perfectly manicured white-sand beaches, never-ending views of stunning turquoise ocean, and water-based activities, this destination is perfect for a family getaway or couple’s retreat.  

Paradise Island and neighboring Nassau offer the resort-feel of a tropical vacation, as well as the local experience of a place far from home. Restaurants and shops nearby offer the perfect excuse to dress up and take to the town for a date night. But don’t worry, the kids will be happy too as they enjoy endless seaside activities and resort-led evening fun! Plus, in the Bahamas, you can almost always bet on the weather being 80 degrees and sunny.

Wherever You Go, Stay Protected

No matter where you head off to this winter season, be sure to wear all the right sun protection while you’re warming up those chilled bones! Investing in UPF pieces like the ones offered by Cabana Life will help you soak up the sun safely and keep you from returning home with a painful burn. That way, you’ll be able to sit back and relax, sink deep into that white sand, and swim with comfortable confidence that no matter how bright the sun, you’ll be protected.  

Ready to fly south for the winter? Before you zip up your suitcase, be sure to check out Cabana Life’s selection of sun protective clothing.