It’s winter, but you don’t have to let the chill keep you off the beaches. If you are planning a vacation this season and have no plans of leaving the US, we have lined up some stellar beach options for you to take your pick.
Read on if you are looking for amazing ideas for laid-back, breath-taking and sun-drenched beaches in the US to suck out the chill this winter.
1. San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is short of almost nothing. The Puerto Rican beach is graced with more than 100 state of the art hotels and 4,000 plus restaurants serving the most delicious cuisines in the island. You will be treated to 107 tourists’ attractions with some of the most adventurous sightings.
Even more exciting, you will be enjoying some of the most stunning beaches with calm waters and soft white sands. If you are the cultural kind, the 16th-century colonial history will have you all hyped up as you enjoy a memorable tropical vacation. You can even check out the Fuerte San Felipe del Morro or drink upon the beauty of the stunning buildings that make up the Old Town.
If you don’t like the crowds, you can hit the beaches in the morning and spend the afternoon taking strolls while breathing in the peaceful breeze.
2. Sanibel Island, Florida
If you have a thing for the sea, you will like it in Sanibel Florida. But of course, if you are merely interested with the beaches, you will easily be spoiled for choice. There are some breathe-taking options like the Lighthouse Beach, Blind Pass Beach and the Bowman’s Beach. All of them have sands to envy and sun warm enough to disregard the chills of winter.
If you are new to the area, you can invest in kayak tours and have a naturalist take you through a memorable tour of the beautiful Island. Sometimes the heat is too much but you can always visit the Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream for a delicious service of ice cold ice cream.
3. Hanalei, Kaua'i, Hawaii
Hawaii is at the top of anyone’s favorite vacation destinations. One of its most prestigious islands is Kaua’i which although is still slightly under the radar, has a lot to offer. Bu that’s just what makes it a stellar option for a laid-back vacation this winter.
Hanalei is strategically homed on the North shore and is famous for its picturesque and serene environment. The lush green mountains, beautiful rainbows and fields of taro makes it one of the most magical towns in Hawaii. If you are looking forward to a refreshing swim, we suggest you check out the secluded Hanalei Bay which has some of the finest golden sand on the Island.
If you are not in the mood for swimming, you can always try other activities such as snorkeling, kayaking or take a peaceful hike along the Hanakapi'ai Trail.
4. Laguna Beach, California
California is not only home to some legendary artists but also the most down-to-earth beaches in America. Although art is still at the epicenter of its recreational activities, there are still some amazing beaches which are crowd-free during the winter. With seven miles of coastline, it is hard to miss a beach that doesn’t surpass your expectations.
Some favorite options include the 1,000 Steps Beach which has a perfectly confusing name. The beach is hardly off 9th Street and makes for a perfect destination for boogie boarding or taking in the blissful beauty of the golden cliffs.
Still, you can get off the beaches and let your artistic mind go wild by visiting the Laguna Art Museum, the Laguna Playhouse or feed your soul to the galleries along the waterfront.
5. Grand Isle, Louisiana
The Grand Isle is abuzz with activities during the summer. In fact, more than 14,000 people visit it during the warm season. But come winter and you will hardly see anyone aside from the local residents. If you are looking for a low-key vacation, therefore, you should visit the Grand Isle during the winter.
The best part is, the temperatures are still warm enough to treat yourself to a blissful sunbathing while watching fishermen go about their daily routine.
6. San Diego, California
San Diego is home to many adventures. Travelers call it the American beach village and you will understand exactly why when you visit here. The Pacific Beach for example, is favorite of many beach buffs. The picturesque stretches of white sand and sturdy waves for surfing diehards make it a place hard to ignore.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can get a beach cruiser and take one and half mile trip to South Mission Beach where more adventures await you.
7. St. Simons Island, Georgia
If you have been to Georgia, you most probably are aware of Georgia’s Golden Isles. These are a group of Islands bordering the Southern Coast. The Golden Isles are made up of four Islands and St. Simons is one of them.
The Island is popular for its centuries old oak trees, white sand beaches, cultural landmarks and the popular 99 holes of golf. Although you are allowed into St. Simons Island with a car, we recommend you leave it behind since they will stand in the way of your recreation.
You can, however, rent a beach cruiser and explore the island with its beautiful beaches and other attractions such as the lighthouse and the Christ Church which is said to have been built way back in 1820.
8. Orange Beach, Alabama
Alabama is probably on the bottom of most people’s favourite beach destinations. But that is only because you don’t know the Southeastern state that much. If you ask the locals, they will passionately tell you of the Gulf Coast beaches which are no doubt among the most attractive in Alabama.
The beaches have beautiful sand which is mostly made up of quartz giving it a snow-white appearance and beautiful glitters every time the sun shines on them. The Orange Beach which stretches 9 miles is full of winter adventures.
Your winter vacation doesn’t have to be outright boring. Hit any of the above beaches and enjoy unending adventure and quiet moments while letting off the heat from your hectic life.