Whether the arrival of winter means skiing through the snow or escaping to the warm waters of a tropical island, you’ve got travel options a-plenty. These holiday locales all offer something different because not every traveler expects the same from a wintertime vacation.
Holidays in the Sun
The Spanish Virgin Islands make up an archipelago off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. Vieques offers the sun and warm waters and the chance to bicycle through your vacation destination rather than sit inside your car during traffic jams. The highlight of taking a vacation in Vieques is Phosphorescent Bay that is filled with micro-organisms that produce a flash when surprised by movement. Swimming in Phosphorescent Bay at night offers an experience unlike anywhere else you could go swimming during the winter.
Party Like It’s 2099
One of the craziest places to ring in the New Year is Rio. The culture of Brazil comes alive as millions of people congregate to party and watch stupendous firework displays. When you wake up on January 1, make the effort to visit the enormous Christ the Redeemer statue before looking for that girl (or guy) from Ipanema Beach.
S’no Snow Job
Jackson Hole, Wyoming can’t offer glowing sea creatures or the skimpy clothing of the Virgin Islands or Rio, but for the skier looking for powdery snow, this is a winter travel destination is hard to beat. In addition to skiing, Jackson Hole affords opportunities to visit nearby Old Faithful geyser and the majestic sight of buffalo herbs inside Yellowstone National Park.
Start Your Winter Here
Get a jumpstart on winter vacations by taking in the Winterstart Festival held in long before winter even officially arrives. The Rocky Mountains provides the framework for this Banff, Canada festival that includes concerts of every type of music imaginable, film festivals and dozens of special events.
Want to get away from icy tundra of the north during the winter without leaving America behind? Travel to Art Deco capital of the world, Miami, Florida. Beaches abound with bikinis and Speedos, but there is also a very festive nightlife. You may indulge so much of the latter that you never even get around to the former.
If you really want to see Angel Falls in all its glory, head for Venezuela in early December. This will get you a view of the walls just after the rainy season, but before wintry skies cloud the view.