Have you been working hard and need a relaxing vacation to get away from it all? Perhaps it’s getting to that time of year again where the leaves start changing colors and the temperature outside starts dropping. Whatever your situation, there are some top warm weather destinations you should know about. They offer fun in the sun and may also give you historical or cultural sites to visit in between margaritas on the beach or snorkeling above coral reefs. The following are ten of the top warm-weather destinations that will have you refreshed and ready to face the world again.
If you’re already in the U.S., Palm Springs is an easy destination to reach. Located in the Sonoran Desert in Southern California, it’s certainly not lacking in the warm part of top warm weather destinations. Its aerial tramway will give you a scenic ride viewing picturesque canyons, and you can go hiking or horseback riding through Indian Canyons nature preserve.
Tahquitz Peak offers hiking trails and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. If the heat becomes a bit much, you can check out the Palm Springs Art Museum or cool off at an aquatic park with water slides. You definitely won’t get bored in Palm Springs with its varied attractions and destinations.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California, this is a more laid-back destination than Palm Springs. You’ll love snorkeling off Lovers Beach or Playa del Amor, or just laying back on their beautiful sands catching some rays. If you get bored at the beach, you can take a tour on an ATV or go ziplining at Wild Canyon Adventures.
At the end of a day filled with beaches, water sports, and other adventures, you’ll get to sample the nightlife. There are many outdoor restaurants and bars offering every imaginable variety of food and drink. You’ll return from a Cabo San Lucas trip fully refreshed and energized.
Key West, Florida
Given its location, Key West offers beaches on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines. This is the only one of the top warm-weather destinations where you’ll be able to visit the anchored concrete buoy that marks the southernmost spot in the United States. Key West is famous for its coral reefs where you’ll enjoy their beauty while diving and snorkeling.
When you’ve had your fill of fun and sun on the beaches and in the water, you can experience many of the shops, restaurants, and bars that line Duval Street. You can also experience some history in Key West by visiting The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and the Truman Little White House.
A visit to this French Caribbean isle will enable you to experience the best of French culture and the beauty of the Caribbean. As you can imagine, there are plenty of culinary delights to excite your taste buds. This is the Caribbean though, so the beaches and the water will probably be happily occupying most of your time. You can do it all here with snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, and paddle boarding. Its capital, Fort-de-France, is also the largest city. Its narrow streets, steep hills, shops, and cafes have a distinctive look that would be right at home on a postcard.
The warm temperatures and beautiful turquoise waters draw tourists from around the world to this lush paradise. You’ll avoid most of the tourist crowds here at Negril, which is on the western part of the island. While the beaches are beautiful and the water sports plentiful, you can also find plenty more to do. Check out the Negril Lighthouse, or if you have kids, take them to the Kool Runnings Water Park.
If you’re looking for some food and drink, you’ll want to check out Seven Mile Beach with its many restaurants and bars. For some five-iron action, the golf courses don’t disappoint.
The British territory of Bermuda offers fall temperatures in the 70s. It’s a shorter flight for U.S. residents in the Northeast than islands such as the Bahamas or the Caribbean. Front Street features a lot of the hustle and bustle of this capital city of Bermuda with brightly colored shops and cruise ships docking right next to the street. The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is a popular tourist destination with its whale tours and other attractions. After exploring its beaches and bright blue waters, you can check out the architecture of the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity and pay a visit to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Both of these landmarks were built in the 1800s.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
For some fun in the sun, it’s hard to beat Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The largest of the Canary Islands, located off the west coast of Africa, Tenerife is famous for music, dancing and colorful costumes during pre-Lent festivals. This Spanish island is dominated by a dormant volcano, but it’s best known for plentiful beaches and resorts. The sand on these beaches vary in color and Alcala and Los Gigantes beaches are two of the best.
This island is easily one of the top warm-weather destinations on Earth. This second largest of the Hawaiian Islands has a diverse landscape, which opens up the types of fun you can have. When seeking a diversion from lounging on the island’s 30 miles of beaches, there are trails to hike inland at Haleakalā National Park.
For some of the most picturesque snorkeling in the world, a partially submerged volcanic crater formed the inlet of Molokini. The black lava sand and tidal caves of Waianapanapa State Park are other destinations you won’t soon forget.
This Central American country is a diver’s paradise. Its Caribbean shoreline has a massive barrier reef that’s home to an incredible array of sea life. It’s also known for the Great Blue Hole. This is a huge offshore sinkhole famous for the variety of species in it.
As gorgeous as the beaches and waters of Belize are, the attractions do not diminish as you move inland. The cultural richness of this country is astounding. You’ll enjoy the Ancient Mayan archaeological site of Xunantunich with its tall stone structures shaped like pyramids. This is only the tip of the iceberg of Mayan sites in Belize. After you’ve done some diving, snorkeling and historical site explorations, you’ll be glad to know that Belize is also known for people having a good time, so you’ll be able to indulge in plenty of tropical drinks.
With over 700 islands in the Bahamas, it can seem hard to pick one to see first, but Andros should be on your list. The visual purity of its sand and beaches is reminiscent of pictures on postcards that depict a tropical paradise. There’s also plenty to do here whether you’re interested in relaxing on the beach, engaging in water sports or trying your hand at other adventures. There are also fun things for kids to do, so this is one of those top warm weather destinations that are family friendly.