Let’s talk about some warm winter vacation destinations to visit in January. It’s never too late to plan a vacation, especially after the holidays. It’s actually my favorite time as the holiday crowds have died down which means better deals and less crowded places for me!
So now the big question is, where do we go? With tons of options to chose from, it can get a little overwhelming trying to find the best warm winter vacation destinations to visit in January. Fear not! I have narrowed it down for you with my top 5 favorite destinations where you can enjoy lots of sunshine, beaches, and relax. Perfect way to escape the winter blues.
One of my absolute favorite destinations in the Caribbean for some sunshine, delicious food, friendly people, and just good vibes overall. The Bahamas sees a lot of visitors from the U.S. and Canada and is a popular cruise ship stop. Depending on where you are flying in from, I recommend spending at least 4-5 days here so you can soak in plenty of sunshine at the stunning beaches as well as relax a ton especially after the hectic holidays!
Couple of things to keep in mind, Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas. While you can spend your entire trip there, the Bahamas actually consists of 16 major islands. Nassau, Exuma, and Bimini Islands are some of the more popular ones amongst tourists. The Bahamian Dollar is the official currency, however, the U.S. dollar is widely accepted which is another added benefit making it convenient to travel to the Bahamas.
If you need more reasons to visit the Bahamas, you can read my post here.
This destination is for those who would like to check off a major bucket list destination. The city of Dubai is located in the United Arab Emirates, home to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. The city has so much to offer to everyone, especially for those seeking some warmer weather and experience a different culture.
I recommend Dubai as a winter vacation destinations to visit in January because usually by then the crowds have definitely died down and chances are you can get some really good flight and hotel deals! While you are here, you must try my favorite cuisine in the world, Mediterranean. And for those seeking adventure, check out the desert safari tour or skydiving over the Palm Islands! Woohoo! Dubai is also known for it’s luxury shopping, modern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene.
Another one of my absolute favorites! Well, all of them are my favorites. I went to the Dominican Republic on a solo trip and had the time of my life! Punta Cana is a popular beach destination in the D.R. However, I didn’t stick to just one spot. I spend 5 days experiencing all the different things the Dominican Republic has to offer. The capital city of Santo Domingo is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean and has a lot of history to it. You can also book a tour to the country side where you can learn about making cigars, horse ride in the lush green mountains, and enjoy some delicious local cuisine.
The beach city of Cancun is located in Mexico. Another option as a warm winter vacation destinations to visit in January or anytime of the year. I have been twice to Cancun and loved it both times. As much as I love spending time at the gorgeous turquoise colored beaches, I also like to explore the other areas of the country such as visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.
Since it is a 3+hours drive to Chichen Itza from Cancun and I am not a fan of driving there, I tend to book one of the tours below for convenience. Most of these tours include pick up and drop off to your hotel. You can read my post on the best things to do in Cancun below. These were some of the tours I booked and enjoyed my experience.
Now if for some reason you are unable to travel internationally, sweat not, we have some great options here in our own backyard! How can I not mention the sunshine state of Florida, my current home! Florida is an excellent winter vacation destination to visit in January. Whether, you are looking for stunning beaches, party or enjoy world-class cuisine, Miami is your destination. Now, if you are looking for more of a family friendly vacation and some beach time, then Orlando is the spot. Here you can visit the theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, interact with some live gators (yup!), visit the Kennedy Space Center or drive down to Clearwater or Sanibel Island beach!
Basically, what I am saying is that Florida makes for an excellent winter or summer vacation destination to visit in January or anytime of the year. You can read my posts to help you plan your Florida getaway here.
There you have it. Some of my recommended warm winter vacation destinations to visit in January. The holidays can get a little hectic especially with the crazy crowds and Christmas gift shopping. Therefore, January is a great time to relax and kick in the New Year! I hope you plan a trip to one of these locations soon and have an amazing time!