6 Warm-Weather Spots in the United States to Visit This Winter
With autumn now in full swing here in the northern hemisphere, winter will be here faster than we know it, and that might leave some of you pondering about where you can go to escape the bitter cold and snow during the cooler months. Upon first thought, you might not consider the United States as a warm-weather destination, but there are actually several places in the USA (and its territories!) that can offer some fun in the sun while much of the rest of the country is blanketed in snow.
So, if you’re planning a trip this winter - don’t forget that you might need a USA Visa for Tourism depending on where you’re traveling from – read on below for six warm weather spots to visit in the United States!
#1. The island of Kauai, Hawaii
While Kauai is the oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian island chain, it is arguably the most picturesque with towering waterfalls, tropical rainforest, and the impressive Na Pali coastline. Nicknamed the “Garden Isle”, Kauai offers visitors a laid-back atmosphere surrounded by natural beauty. Popular activities on the island include hiking, camping, swimming, snorkeling, and ziplining.
When to go: Any of the winter months are a pleasant time to visit Kauai as temperatures generally remain around 22°C/71°F.
#2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is located only a couple of hour’s flight time from most major continental U.S. cities. While it is technically an American territory, it certainly exudes Caribbean charm with old world culture and beautiful beaches. The capital city of San Juan is a great starting point for exploring the island – begin by walking the streets of the Old Town, where you’ll find colorful colonial buildings, old forts, and charismatic plazas. For more shopping and dining options, check out the modern developments in New San Juan.
When to go: Once the annual rainy period and hurricane season finishes, Puerto Rico is a sunny destination to visit from the end of November onward throughout the rest of the winter months with temperatures generally around 27°C/80°F.
#3. La Jolla, California
If you want to get away this winter for some peace and tranquility, head to the small community of La Jolla, located in southern California. It may not be the warmest of destinations, but the temperatures are definitely not cold. If you’re planning to visit, expect a slower type of travel including activities such as long walks on the La Jolla Shores Beach, exploring a land-accessible sea cave, and watching the infamous La Jolla seals and sea lions lounging on the shoreline.
When to go: La Jolla has a temperate climate that is generally quite mild throughout the entire year, but in the winter you can expect temperatures hovering around 17°C/63°F.
#4. Key West, Florida
Located at Florida’s southernmost point, Key West is accessible to travelers arriving by car by driving the scenic Overseas Highway which connects the Florida Keys. The city is notable for its pastel-colored conch houses, diving and snorkeling, and rich history (including once being home to Ernest Hemingway – you can check out some of his old hangouts and the dedicated museum).
When to go: Once the hurricane season wraps up in November, daytime temperatures usually hover around 25°C/77°F and remain warm throughout the winter months.
#5. Savannah, Georgia
For an enchanting cultural winter getaway, consider visiting Savannah where you’ll find a city brimming with historic architecture, stunning public greenery, rich cuisine, and a mild climate. Although it’ll probably be too chilly for a swim during the winter months, you can head to nearby Tybee Island (only 20 minutes away from Savannah) to enjoy some fresh air and a walk on a sandy beach along the ocean.
When to go: Average high temperatures throughout the winter months are around 16-18°C/low 60s during the day. While January is usually the coldest, any of the winter months are a good time to visit.
#6. U.S. Virgin Islands
For a warm-weather destination to visit this winter, the U.S. Virgin Islands have a lot to offer to travelers. Comprised of three main islands, St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, plus many smaller islands, the archipelago features beautiful white sand Caribbean beaches, world-class diving sites, eco-tours, hiking trails, and cultural influences from Africa, Europe, and America. Plus, the weather is usually hot and sunny!
When to go: Throughout the winter, temperatures typically average around a humid and tropical 28°C/82°F. Book your trip after November, when hurricane season ends.