While there are some who love the winter months, most would agree that the cold weather and limited sunlight makes it a rather dreary time of year. Wouldn’t it be nice to escape the winter blahs and soak in the sunshine on a tropical beach, forgoing the parka for a week (or three)?
If you’re looking for an affordable winter escape that won’t break the bank, check out these five travel destinations that will give you good bang for your buck, while also giving you a chance to work on that tan! There’s something for everyone – from the European-at-heart to the sun worshipper to the jungle explorer – so read on to find the place that speaks to you and start planning that getaway!
Just 120 miles south of the tip of Florida, the Florida Keys are a chain of islands with an average temperature of 25.5°C and plenty of things to do to keep everyone happy! Whether you’re into swimming, snorkeling, water sports, kayaking, or surfing, or you prefer to browse art galleries, lounge on the beach, or golf, this is your winter escape!
The cheaper stays are in the northern islands while the ritzier resorts are located farther south. Take your pick from quaint B&Bs, cottage rentals, and hotel resorts! Learn more about the Florida Keys here.
Photo Credits: Florida Keys & Key West Website
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Jutting out into the Caribbean and Atlantic just off the easternmost tip of hte Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is known for its beauitful stretch of beaches and clear water. But that’s not all this popular winter destination boasts. Punta Cana also offers the opportunity to explore historical sites, enjoy a variety of beach activities, try zip-lining, take a jungle tour, and more!
An added bonus is the affordability of this hot-spot. The large number of resorts and beach hotels offers competitive pricing and great rates with all the modern amenities to make your vacation enjoyable and stress-free. It’s also easy to book all-inclusive vacations through travel providers like Sunwing, Air Transat, and TripAdvisor making it a great option for an inexpensive, fun family getaway!
Arizona is popular with snowbirds and for good reason – you’ll find plenty of sunshine, unique activities, and tourist sites to visit! There’s the Grand Canyon to explore, desert trails to hike, and museums and historical sites to visit.
Flights to Arizona can often be found for $200-$300 CAD roundtrip!
Yes, there is an affordable, European winter escape! Lisbon is one of the cheapest cities in Europe and the winter weather is still mild and relatively warm. Plus, winter is low season, making it the perfect time to skip the crowds, take advantage of even lower hotel rates, and get better service!
Photo Credit: George Morina
Flights regularly go on sale, especially through Tap Air Portugal and all-inclusive vacations can also be booked for the low $1200’s CAD – for a 3-4 week stay!
Bocas del Toro, Panama
If you like hot and humid, then Bocas del Toro is for you! Cool off in the Caribbean, explore the mainland rainforest, and visit the local shops and restaurants for a unique experience that’s nothing short of a tropical escape!
You can fly to Panama for around $400-$550 roundtrip and there are plenty of local hotels, AirBNBs, and resorts to choose from.