Don’t put away your warm-weather clothing and sandals just yet; plan that winter vacation around sandy beaches and sunshine and soak in that last bit of vitamin D before the long winter.
Pack up the kids, beach bags and sunscreen and escape the winter winds with these always reliable beach towns.
With historic landmarks, family-friendly beach resorts around every corner, incredible nightlife for the adults and stunning beaches for everyone, San Juan is an easy go-to for snowbirds. Visit Puerto Rico’s capital city in the winter for all the same great history, culture, food and warm weather you get in the summer, but without the crowds or sweltering days.
A real obvious choice, sure, but you can’t make a list of winter-ready beach towns without mentioning at least one Hawai’ian island — and why not make it the one with an iconic beach. Stay in Honolulu for easy access to everything, or venture out to one of the lesser-known beach towns. Enjoy the world-famous waves of Waikiki beach, incredible sunshine and breathtaking natural beauty — completely snow free.
Myrtle Beach is a resort town on South Carolina’s coast, famous with golfers and beach bums, and we are willing to bet your family has at least one of the two. Hit the boardwalk in winter, lounge on the beach and ride one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheel, Sky Wheel, while your winter jackets hang in the closet.
About 90 miles north of Cuba, off Florida’s peninsula, Key West is a bubbly, fun Florida island and the perfect departure from a cold northern winter. Enjoy island life and slow down a bit between family meals, diving excursions, snorkeling and a slew of warm-weather activities the kids can enjoy.
Another southern island you should know, South Padre Island is well-known in the nature-loving world, with sea turtle rescues and nature preserves. This locale is a great stop for animal lovers and beach seekers alike, with plenty of opportunity for wild diversions.
Of course, check the weather before you go and plan for winter delays from your hometown, but for the most part, these cities are some of the most trustworthy beach towns for your winter family travels.
THE START OF A JOURNEY. Apprehension mingles with excitement. What lies ahead? Standing on Scotland’s west coast, we know the bare bones of what we’re facing: 134 miles of hiking, a coast-to-coast traverse of the country. But what will we see along the way? Who will we meet? How wet will we get?
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
Alphabet and acronyms aside, it’s important to carry relevant “In Case of Emergency” information with you when you travel. The ABCs refer to some of the data which should be available: A: address; B: back-up documents; C: contacts.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
MULTIGENERATIONAL TRAVEL IS NOTHING NEW; travelers have taken their kids on vacation for, well, generations. But as our lives and our kids’ lives — and even those of retired parents — become busier, the urge to gather everyone together for shared vacation experiences emerges as a top travel trend.