When most of the northern hemisphere is stuck in the cold winter, booking a trip to a warm destination is exactly what everyone needs! Leave behind the big coats, scarves, and boots and start packing the monokinis and cover-ups! Let’s head to the beach at one of our favorite Caribbean destinations!
St. Martin and St. Maarten
It’s like traveling to two countries in one on this sunny, half-French and half-Dutch Island. There are more than 30 beaches, including Cupecoy with its beautiful sunsets, the great Orient Bay, and the one and only Mullet Bay, the spot for the surfers. St. Martin and St. Maarten’s restaurant scene is one of the best in the Caribbean with a combination of local island cuisine and French restaurants.
Nothing can go wrong when you choose one of the friendliest and relaxed islands in the Caribbean. Since reggae music was born here, you can enjoy vibrant sets from the best local performers. If you’re in a more outdoorsy mood, head off to Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios. The Seven Mile Beach in Negril is also a heavenly place to go.
Mexico makes another appearance on the list with a very popular vacation spot. Forget whatever pop culture has been telling you, Cancun is not just for spring break. Archeology aficionados can take a tour and visit the ruins of Chichén Itzá and El Rey. There are also beaches and open air restaurants at Playa Tortugas that are easy places for relaxation and culinary exploration.
The fine white sand on the more than 20 beaches makes Aruba one of the best destinations for those escaping winter. You can have a great time at Palm Beach and check out Arikok National Park, which has petroglyphs from ancient cultures. Also, don’t forget to visit and pet a fuzzy animal at the Donkey Sanctuary or watch the beautiful ecosystem at the Bubali Bird Sanctuary.
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