As the weather around the country begins to turn and the temperatures start to dip, it’s common to want a temporary escape. Even if your destination isn’t a tropical or particularly warm, a change of scenery in the middle of winter is always a good idea.
Though the snow isn’t falling just yet and it isn’t officially winter, now is the time to start planning your cold weather travels. Mapping it out and booking your winter trip early will ensure you get the accommodations you want at the best prices. That said, some of the places mentioned on this list book up several months and possibly even a year in advance, so they may not be available for this winter, but you’ll want to book soon for next year.
From Brazil to Canada, these are the 10 winter destinations you might not have considered, but certainly should. Take a look at this list and book your winter getaway soon.
When it comes to winter getaways in Canada, the destination that immediately comes to mind is Whistler, B.C. Home to two side-by-side mountains, which combined provide the most skiable acres on the continent, it’s easy to see why this top ski spot gets all the attention. For a lesser-known Canadian ski destination, that’s also less crowded, visit Tremblant. This quaint European-style town is built around an impressive ski mountain, but there’s so much more to Tremblant than downhill. The village is infamous for high-end shopping, top-rated dining and exciting nightlife options, all of which are steps from the base of the mountain. Pair those amenities with snow sports like snowshoeing and tubing and it’s clear this mountain town would please any winter traveler.
Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
When the harsh winter weather rolls in, many flee south to soak up sun on Caribbean beaches, but visitors looking for more than a lounge chair with an ocean view should head to the Yucatán Peninsula. Once home to the ancient Mayan civilization, there are plenty of remarkable archeological sites to explore, national parks and preserves to visit and cenotes (natural swimming holes) to dive. Although, with many incredibly beautiful beaches and top snorkeling and SCUBA diving opportunities, the Yucatán still maintains its tropical status.