Best Beach Vacations to Escape Winter Woes
One thing that keeps us going through these long, dark, cold winter nights is the knowledge that Christmas will soon come around! However, after the holidays are over it’s back to reality and enduring the rest of the chilly months. Make sure you have something else to look forward to after Christmas by booking a vacation for springtime or summer. There are plenty of good deals on beach holidays and city breaks to take advantage of at this time of the year. Take a look at these best beach vacations for inspiration to escape your winter woes!
Visit Greece’s biggest island and uncover ancient history in the most serene settings. You’ll find incredibly beautiful white stretches of sands and sapphire seas at family friendly Heraklion, Blue Flag Chania and 7km long Rethymnon. Visit the Palace of Knossos, Hania Old Town and Moni Arkadiou monastery to discover the island’s long past. Temperatures start to rise to 68°F in April, so you could be there sooner than you think!
One thing that Mexico does especially well is offer a fine array of beach holiday locations! Head to Mexico’s west coast to enjoy time spend along the Pacific Ocean. Puerto Vallarta was a favorite with the original Hollywood set, including Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. This is probably due to its mix of a traditional Mexican old town and cosmopolitan dining and bars. Los Muertos is the most popular beach spot but there are plenty of quieter stretches surrounding it.
If Puerto Vallarta sounds like it’s up your alley, the best way to experience it is through a vacation rental. With all the comfort of a home, but the luxury of a hotel, also at affordable prices, rentals are growing in popularity, particularly in Mexico. A lot of rentals are right off the beach, providing you easy access to a picturesque sea side vacation.
Thinking of the island of Mauritius might conjure up images of heaven on earth, a favorite with newly weds looking for luxury — so why not make your images a reality?! The island receives sun all year round, perfectly glowing on its turquoise lagoons and dusty sands. There are many small villages waiting to welcome guests, including Le Morne, Belle Mare and Anse La Raie. This is the spot for peace and tranquility and thus qualifies it as a candidate for best beach vacations.
Fancy some Caribbean fun? Barbados is happy to accommodate! Just picture yourself lying on the beach, cooled down by the shadow of coconut palms and the rum cocktail that you’re sipping on. Temperatures are high all year round due to its tropical settings, making it a perfect place for winter sun. St Lawrence, Maxwell and St James are all highlights.
The Dalmatian Coast that surrounds Croatia startles travelers with its crystal clear waters, white cliffs and beaches that are clean as a whistle. Split not only offers great access to the coast, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site with heaps of fascinating history to track. Explore the Diocletian’s Palace then relax on the huge beach at Tucepi.
No best beach vacation list is complete without a mention of Spain! The Canary Islands include Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. Tenerife is the biggest of the islands, with a mix of lush green spaces and famous resorts such as Playa de las Americas. It is also home to Mount Teide National Park, a volcanic park to explore.
Once you book a beach holiday vacation, you can start planning for and dreaming about everything that you’re going to do there — which is likely to include a lot of sunbathing and relaxing. If you are a sun goddess like me, the beach vacations can’t come soon enough!
This post has been published in collaboration with Seaside Mexico Vacations.