Top warm places to escape this winter

Capurgana, Colombia

Co-authored by Chan and Ilia.

Winter is upon us {applicable to those who live in the northern hemisphere). Welcome to sub-zero temperatures, snowstorms, gray skies, short days and long nights. Prolonged winter season can be depressing to mental health. You yearn for the winter to be over soon but it won’t end soon.

If you are one of those lucky person who can take a break to escape the winter then we have some recommendations for you depending on how much break you have in your calendar.

1. Aruba

Aruba is a destination for couples and beach lovers. Whether you are getting married or spending your honeymoon or just doing some reflection, Aruba is a perfect destination. In fact many beaches will offer you the privacy and cleanliness you are looking for in your beach vacation. Aruba is part of Netherlands and is slightly more expensive that other Caribbean islands. The best way to discover Aruba is to rent a car and hit the different beaches.

Recommended Activities: Go to Eagle beach and Little beach.Butterfly and Ostrich farms are worth visiting when you are in the island.

2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

If you are looking to celebrate Christmas and New Years Eve in an island with white sandy beaches, turquoise water and hot sunny weather, then look no further than Dominican Republic. It is very close to North America. There are many flight and resort deals available during the winter season. There are many all-inclusive resorts that comes with unlimited food and water activities.

Recommended Activities: Beaches, Snorkelling, Horseback riding on the mountains and beach, Imagine Punta cana Cave club.

Punta cana beach, Dominican Republic

3. Puerto Escondido, Mexico

The beaches in state Oaxaca are considered to be the most pristine on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It’s a popular surfing destination thanks to the big waves. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town Puerto Escondido now offers a wide range of attractions for tourists. The best way to reach it is by plane from Mexico City.

Recommended Activities: visit Zicatela beach (even if you don’t surf there are many restaurants right on the beach with a perfect ocean view), go to Carrizalillo beach to swim or have surf lessons, go further south by bus to the beaches of Mazunte, Zipolite, Puerto Angel and Bahias de Huatulco.

Puerto Escondido beach
Puerto Escondido beach

4. Capurgana / Supzurro, Colombia

I refer our readers to the article we published on the topic of Capurgana and Sapzurro.

Exploring Capurgana and Sapzurro

5. Algarve coast, Portugal

Algarve coast is right on the southwest part of Portugal. It is known for beautiful beaches, craggy cliffs, ancient architecture and scrumptious seafood. Even in the middle of dead winter, temperature here in Algarve coast hovers around 15 degree celcius. Walking along the Ponta de Piedade is beautiful. You will notice many yellow-golden cliff-like rocks that stand up to 20 meters. You can climb down and swim in the ocean.

Recommended Activities: Go Kayaking through the various rock formation, Ponta da Piedade walkway along the coastline, Marina de Lagos, cultural center.

Lagos, Algarve coast, Portugal
Lagos, Algarve coast, Portugal

6. Dahab, Egypt

Dahab is a small town on the southeast coast of Egypt. Known for its beautifully vibrant corals and an abundance of sea life, this hidden gem on the Red Sea’s has the best dive sites. It is cheap to get your diving certificate here. There are some nice cafes and bars mostly owned by British expats.

Recommended Activities: Get a scuba diving certification or atleast a dive, check out the midde eastern restaurants along the beach, snorkeling in red sea.

Camel taking a bath in Red sea, Dahab, Egypt
Camel taking a bath in Red sea, Dahab, Egypt

7. Varkala, Kerala

Varkala is a pretty new tourist destination in India developed recently. It is located on the beautiful cliff and has a nice promenade with a lot of restaurants and souvenir shops. The town itself is considered to be a holy Hindu place where alcohol is forbidden so don’t be surprised when ordering beer in a restaurant if the waiter asks you to keep your bottle under the table.

Recommended activities: Swim and sunbathe, chill out watching sunset and having beer on the cliff promenade, eat seafood, walk about 1.5 hours to Kappil beach (probably one of the few beaches in India where you might see no people).

Varkala beach, Kerala, India
Varkala beach, Kerala, India

8. Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is not really a beach destination however it is a great place to let your guards down and relax. This ancient city in the north of Laos is a blend of well preserved buddhist temples and French colonial buildings. It is located on the banks of Mekong river so the sunsets are stunning.

Recommended Activities: Elephant rides, meet the monks in the morning for alms and check out one of the largest night market in South East Asia.

9. Koh Samui / Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

Koh Samui and Kho Pha Ngan (along with Ko Tao) are a chain of islands off the coast of Surat thani in southern Thailand. They can be best reached by a ferry service that operates between the islands. Both islands are beautiful in their own ways. You can witness some beautiful sunsets no matter where you are in the islands. They both boast food markets that offers anywhere from a fresh fruit juice to coconut pancakes to spicy thai food. Koh Samui is rather big (2nd biggest island in Thailand).

Recommended Activities: Food markets, snorkeling, watch the perfect sunset, cultural activities, Loi Lay Floating bar.

Sunset over Kho Pha Ngan
Sunset over Kho Pha Ngan

10. Tasmania, Australia

And the final pick in our list is a place located in a remote place. I mean it is all the way down under – Australia. Tasmania is remote. You need a few weeks time to properly enjoy your stay in Tasmania. You most probably fly into the port capital -Hobart. From thre you can do a loop around the island clockwise or counter-clockwise. Or if you are short on time I suggest doing Cradle mountain, Wineglass bay and Mount Stuart lookout. If you are beer fan you must visit the Cascade brewery which is the oldest brewery in Australia.

Recommended Activities: Hike Wineglass bay, ride to the lookout on the top of Mt Stuart, beer tasting in Cascade, Lakefront festival,


1 Comment

  • Anda , November 27, 2019

    Great ideas to escape the gloomy winter season, I’ll save this list.

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