There are so many gorgeous beach getaways and warm winter vacation locations in the United States. Since flying isn’t an option for many at the moment, why not pack the car, rent an Airbnb, and head towards warmer weather.
Southern California is a great bet for a warm winter vacation; San Diego. Laguna Beach and Palm Springs are all wonderful choices. Additional locations offering some warm days and sunny skies are Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Alabama.
Find your perfect winter vacation ideas in the United States!
In this post, you’ll find some of my favorite warm-weather winter vacation ideas and beachy locations! If you are ready to trade snowy cold weather for sun and a mai tai this post is here to help!
Best U.S. Warm Winter Vacations & Best Beach Getaways
There are plenty of destinations in the United States that offer sunny skies and warm weather in the winter. Ready to escape to a sunny beach or where the weather doesn't require layers and layers of winter clothing? is your idea of the perfect winter getaway somewhere the temperature is above 70 degrees? Ready to sip a Margarita under a California palm tree or relax poolside in Florida? If so, I've got some great tips and resources to find great winter vacation ideas and beach getaways in the United States!
The ultimate warm weather vacation in the United States is undoubtedly Hawaii. Heading to one of the Hawaiin Islands is a regular winter trip for many Americans. 2020 will be more than a little different. But, why not start planning your 2021 winter Hawaii vacation? Or wanderlust as you check out our 52 favorite things to do in Oahu.
La Jolla is located just north of San Diego's neighborhood of Pacific Beach. It is a great option for upscale hotels and a beach vacation. This is an ideal choice for families and those looking for a romantic getaway. The weather in winter is still comfortable for kayaking, biking, and exploring the beaches.
Palm Springs is known for its gorgeous weather, blue skies, and year-round sunny days. In fact, Palm Springs averages more than 360 days of sunshine per year. Winter is the best time to visit Palm Springs because summer can be too hot for many. Pack your swim gear, golf clubs and sunglasses and enjoy the sun and fun in Palm Springs.
Florida weather in Winter is beautiful! In addition to relaxing on the beach, Jacksonville offers many water activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, and river cruises. Whether you are up for an independent adventure on a paddleboard or are looking to spend a relaxing day sailing down the river, Jacksonville has something for everyone. This is a great choice for a winter beach vacation in the USA.
Miami is known for its beautiful beaches, art-deco architecture, and the cultural hubs of Little Haiti and Little Havana. December temperatures range between 6°5F to 76°F. With these kinds of winter temperatures, there is no reason to spend any time inside! Here are the best outdoorsy Miami places to visit that will make your vacation even better.
Corpus Christi has a warm, humid climate, and December temperatures hover just below 70 degrees. Known as the Sparkling City by the Sea, Corpus Christi is a wonderful warm winter getaway. Corpus Christi is located on a bay and its beaches are sheltered by Padre and Mustang islands. Padre Island National Seashore known as the home of endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Corpus Christi is also one of the best cities in North America for kiteboarding, windsurfing, kite flying, and sailing.
What about a golf vacation? St. Simons, Georgia is a great choice for mild weather and great golf courses. St. Simons is one of 15 barrier islands off the Georgia coast. With average highs in December ranging from 66°F to 75°F it's a true warm-weather winter vacation. St. Simons has the perfect recipe for relaxation with Southern style.
Explore the 30 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and pristine beachfront of the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. Our guide shares where to stay in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as well as top restaurants and fun things to do. Alabama may not be on your radar, but it should be a top choice for a U.S. winter vacation.
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Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.