Escaping Winter

Warm Up To These Tropical Vacation Destinations

Victoria Rose, Writer
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Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean winter is ready to loosen its icy grip on us; the cold is just beginning in much of the US. You finally get some down time after a busy year, only to get hit with a bone-chilling winter. Who wouldn’t dream a tropical escape? Here are some vacation spots that roofing contractors can really warm up to.

Travel Back In Time To Cuba

What better way to evade winter malaise than on a beautiful beach? Escape the cold and travel back in time to our first tropical getaway, Cuba.

With the embargo recently lifted, U.S. travelers can experience the island, just 90 miles off the Florida Keys, for the first time in 50 years. A visit really will feel like a trip back to the 1960s — WiFi, cell signals and credit card machines are difficult to come by.

Whether you are an avid Airbnb-er and want to do as the locals do or would prefer an all-inclusive resort, you have many options to choose from. One all-inclusive resort to check out is Iberostar Varadero, a five-star beachfront resort with lavish pools, nightly authentic Cuban cultural performances, relaxing spa services and children’s activities. Winter rates for a standard room for two adults is about $370 a night. Whether you are a cigar aficionado, a beach enthusiast or a traveler in search of a new adventure, Cuba is a great option.

Enchanted Paths Of Costa Rica

From December to April, Costa Rica offers exceptional weather. Travelers can expect tons of sunshine – perfect for lounging seaside or exploring lush rainforests. For those looking to connect with all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer and emerge into the local wildlife, Costa Rica provides unforgettable scenery, activities and beaches.

There are numerous breathtaking properties to reside in during your stay from resorts to beachside houses to tree houses up high in the treetops of the jungle. One of the most unique luxury mountain lodges located in Costa Rica is La Paz Peace Lodge, located at La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park. The Peace Lodge was featured on the Travel Channel and placed fourth in the Best Resort Category for all of Central and South America. Rates for a standard double-occupancy room start at $335 per night. A trip to this spot would be a remarkable way to forget the winter annoyances. Volcanoes, ocean, rainforests, waterfalls, wildlife — Costa Rica has it all, except for the snow.

Sail Away To The BVIs

Just a 30-minute plane ride from San Juan, the British Virgin Islands are a dream come true for ocean lovers. Commonly known as the “sailor’s paradise,” the islands are a major sailing destination.

Visitors can explore more than 50 islands, including Tortola, Cane Garden Bay, Anegada and The Baths. Each offers its own special attractions, but all feature turquoise waters that are perfect for sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kiteboarding, surfing, fishing and relaxing by the shore.

One way to tackle this bundle of islands is by chartering a sailboat. A wide range of vessels are available and prices vary by type and size of the boat. Your captain awaits!

Mayan History Near The Sea

If you’re looking for a magical experience in paradise, the Mayan city of Tulum delivers. Located on Mexico’s Yucatan coast south of Cancun, Tulum is renowned for its archaeological ruins dating back to the 13th century. The only Mayan city ever constructed near the ocean, Tulum offers impressive views of astonishing beaches and beautiful surrounding jungles.

Ahau Tulum, an incredible oceanfront resort, is sure to banish the winter blues. Winter rates for an oceanfront junior suite start at $282 per night for double occupancy. Your beachside hammock is calling your name.

Temptations From Turks And Caicos

Home to the third largest barrier reef system in the world (the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is first), Turks and Caicos offers clean beaches, crystal-clear cerulean waters and soft white sand.

If you’re a fan of conch, stunning sunsets, water activities and the occasional humpback whale sighting, this is the spot for you.

Located on Providenciales, Villa del Mar is just steps away from Grace Bay Beach, internationally recognized as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. Rates for a one-bedroom with den start at $380 per night. If this doesn’t shake the winter doldrums, we don’t know what will!