If log cabins and cold weather aren’t your thing, you may be wishing for beach towns and sunny skies! You’re in luck: we’ve rounded up our 5 favorite warm weather cities so you can have your toes in the sand in no time! Even though we won’t be visiting these cities for a while, always check local guidelines before making any plans. And, it’s never too early to start dreaming for next winter!
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 flare, you’re guaranteed to find incredible restaurants, beautiful streets with charming, historic homes and peaceful views overlooking 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 in the Gulf Coast will be the envy of all your friends. You can enjoy dolphin watching, fresh seafood restaurants, paddleboarding and so much more. South Padre Island borders Mexico, which means you’ll find plenty of Mexican influence in the island’s culture. 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 golf-lovers destination, with famous courses at the Omni La Costa attracting many celebrities, golfers and sports legends year-round. This is the perfect trip to take with young ones too as LEGO Land is also 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 houses 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 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 life and 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 the home to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, its 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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