Now that the holidays have come to an end and the sparkle of the new year has faded, many of us find ourselves falling into the classic “winter slump.” You know the one we mean… a case of the cold weather blues, still in recovery from travel over the hectic holiday, and little to look forward to until the jam-packed summer months.
Luckily, we’ve got a cure for the winter slump, and it includes a beach, a sun chair, and little need for a winter jacket. That’s right… we’re talking about a warm weather vacation.
Here are six trending travel destinations for 2020 that will help you escape the winter blues once and for all and put some sunshine back in your life:
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Malibu has long been a legendary stretch of magical coastline for California’s luxury elite to retreat to. But with sunsets this beautiful and long strands of white beaches, the secret of this beautiful oceanfront town is out. Hear the sound of the waves as you enjoy a fresh seafood off the pier, or check out the local Surf Museum at Pepperdine University. You could also hit El Matador, a beach that’s off the beaten path, for a truly unique cliffside experience.If you can drag yourself away from the ocean, Malibu also offers beautiful hills and canyons filled with trails, waterfalls, and gorgeous wineries.
Accommodation pick: The Surfrider Malibu from Tablet Hotels. This bohemian, yet minimalist boutique hotel offers artistic rooms with private terraces that overlook the Pacific.
Activity pick: Wine tasting at one of Malibu’s 50 wineries or six tasting rooms throughout the hills.
If you’re looking to whisk off on a European getaway that isn’t a typical tourist destination like Santorini or Capri, but is still just as breathtakingly beautiful, look no further than Lisbon. Filled with centuries of tradition and history, and also a gorgeous string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril, this Portugese city is one of the most captivating in Europe. (No wonder it’s slowly making its way onto everyone’s travel rader.)
Accommodation pick: InterContinental Hotels Cascais-Estoril. This gorgeous hotel is set on the Oceanfront of the Atlantic, on the “Portuguese Riviera” — a region full of beauty and history that is an ideal retreat for family escapes.
Activity pick: Visit the picturesque Belém Tower — the ceremonial gateway to Lisbon for Portugese explorers established in the 16th century.
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Named one of Airbnb’s top trending travel destinations for 2020, Cape Canaveral is not just the world famous site of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Although, as the launch site of NASA’s Mars 2020 Exploration Program, that is definitely reason enough to visit in 2020.) It also features 72 gorgeous miles of beachfront, with a ton of delicious restaurants overlooking the water, making it a great warm weather escape for families and space aficionados alike.
Accommodation pick: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort by InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. With easy access from the resort to the beach, plus a four-story waterslide and lazy river, this property will help you enjoy the ultimate relaxing vacation for the whole family.
Activity pick: Visit Jetty Park nestled inside beautiful Port Canaveral and watch cruise ships departing or submarines departing as you enjoy a picnic on the beach.
If you’re looking for a beach retreat that is equal parts filled with historical tours and yoga retreats, the Caribbean coastline of Tulum, along Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, is the place to go. This idyllic coastal town is known worldwide for its white sand beaches, New Age vibe, local Mexican food, and 1,000 year old Mayan ruins. Plus, the hot yoga classes in Tulum are famous among the yogi community, making it the perfect relaxing getaway for those looking to bring some zen into their 2020.
Accommodation pick: Rent a private beachfront home through HomeAway to truly get some privacy, rest, and relaxation.
Activity pick: Dive through the clear blue underwater cave systems of Cenote Dos Ojos (or Two Eyes Cenote) — one of the largest and most extravagant underwater cave systems, at 118 meters deep and 61km long.
Thanks to Hawaiian Airlines’ many non-stop services to both the U.S. mainland and international destinations, it’s never been easier to get away to Hawaii. The island of Oahu is the perfect place for families, historians, or thrill-seekers — you can surf at Waikiki beach, check out the local volcanos, visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, attend a luau, zip-line Oahu’s North Shore, and so much more.
Accommodation pick: Rent a luxury condo on the beach that fits the whole family through VRBO. Many popular locations on the island can be reached via bus or car service, so no matter where you decide to stay, you’re never too far away.
Activity pick: Go on a snorkel excursion through Turtle Canyon, where you can swim with the dolphins and turtles in the wild. Don’t forget to grab your GoPro, so you can snap lots of underwater photos to show off once you get home.
Cape Town, South Africa
Can’t decide between the beach, the mountains, the wine region, or the sea? Why not take a once-in-a-lifetime vacation that combines them all! Cape Town offers just about anything you could want out of a warm weather vacation. They have some of the most famous surfing beaches in the world (which also make for some very nice sunbathing), set alongside delicious food and drinks in unique neighborhoods like Camps Bay, Bo-Kaap, and Clifton. Plus, you’re only a few hours away from award-winning Safari excursions.
Accommodation pick: Hilton Cape Town City Centre by Hilton Hotels and Resorts — a spectacular resort with a pool near the V&A Waterfront, a fun shopping and food district right on the water.
Activity pick: Take a day (or multi-day) trip to Stellenbosch, Cape Town’s local wine region. There are endless wineries, farm-to-table restaurants, and tasting rooms to choose from throughout the gorgeous rolling hills. You can even stay on property at some of the vineyards, if you’d like to make a mini trip out of your wine excursion.
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