Tired of letting it snow? If the icy cold has you dreaming of escaping to a seaside paradise, these five warm-weather cities will have you trading scarves and boots for tank tops and flip-flops. Whether you are thinking of a vacation home or you’re considering a permanent move, these destinations might just inspire you to leave behind frightful winter weather for something much more delightful, like sinking your toes into sun-baked sand.
Folly Beach, South Carolina
Known as the “Edge of America,” South Carolina’s beach town has stunning sunsets, quaint shops, and the perfect laid-back atmosphere. Folly Beach attracts visitors year-round for its calmness and consistency. From surfing and fishing to riding golf carts around town, you’ll feel like a local in no time. With quick access to all of downtown Charleston’s flair, you’re guaranteed to find incredible restaurants, beautiful streets with historic homes, and peaceful views of the Atlantic Ocean.
South Padre Island, Texas
An ideal warm weather escape, South Padre Island attracts “Winter Texans” every year! With beautiful temperatures averaging in the 60s-70s, your winter vacation on the Gulf Coast will be the envy of all your friends. You can enjoy dolphin watching, fresh seafood restaurants, paddle-boarding, and so much more. Learn about the island’s sea turtles at Sea Turtle, Inc., the island’s turtle conservation facility, hop on a dolphin cruise, or take sandcastle building lessons (yes… you read that right)!
Carlsbad is San Diego’s small-town next door neighbor. With five different beaches, three unique lagoons, hiking trails, and various music festivals, you’ll find the perfect getaway in this city! It’s also a popular destination for golfers, with famous courses at the Omni La Costa attracting many celebrities and sports legends year-round. This is the perfect trip to take with young ones as LEGO Land is nestled in this village city. With quick access to San Diego and Anaheim, you’ll have picturesque Pacific Coast highway views all vacation long.
Laguna Beach, California
This Orange County dream is known for its unique cove beaches, hiking views, and being home to California’s oldest art museum. We featured one of these stunning beaches in our 10 Secret West Coast Beaches for a Socially-Distanced Vacation list back in July, and now we’re ready to explore it in the cooler months! Laguna Beach is the exclusive home to artists, filmmakers, and environment protection activists, making the city a funky, one-of-a-kind artist hub. In the early winter months, the annual Sawdust Art Festival is a favorite among holiday shoppers. With 80 miles of coastal living just 50 miles from Los Angeles, this is the perfect getaway for any California dreamer. If you go in February, you’ll catch the annual music festival!
Key West, Florida
Finally, the southernmost point in the country is our last dreamy destination! Key West is known for being home to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, vibrant nightlife and of course, key lime pie. In this tropical climate, you’ll have the option to take a champagne cruise around Key West, try your hand at snorkeling, or take a bicycle tour around Old Town. Make sure you end your days watching the sunset from Mallory Square and take a stroll down Duval Street.
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