Winter is almost here, and that means it’s time to plan a trip to somewhere warm – packed with fun and flavor. Whether you dream of escaping to Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Alabama or California, our guide to five best sunny beach vacations in America can help make it happen for you.
1. Waikiki, Hawaii
No need to fork out hundreds of dollars for a roundtrip air ticket to the other islands. Fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Oahu and head straight to Waikiki.
Enjoy the boogie board, surfboard or just a book and enjoy the sun, sand and warm waters. You’ll never be bored in this upbeat beach in Oahu. There are plenty of water activities to keep you occupied. Non-surfers can try to book a surf lesson at one of the surf schools. We recommend Faith Surf School.
After a full day of activities, reward yourself with a delicious dinner and a Mai Tai (cocktail) at a restaurant by the beach.
2. South Beach, Miami
Just four miles of glorious beach, the South Beach or SoBe neighborhood of Miami Beach is stylish, quirky and warm. Boasting of historic Art Deco architecture, beautiful palm trees and an array of bars and restaurants, South Beach, is more than just a beach.
Go for the South Beach vibe and of course the warm weather too. Winter temperatures hardly dip below 50 degrees at night. Go for cocktails at the Living Room, W Hotel.
The Miami International Airport (MIA) is about 13 miles from the city center.
3. Venice, California
With top-notch theme parks only 39 miles away, Venice beach is ideal for a family winter vacation. SoCal beaches like Venice has a boardwalk lined with outdoor gyms, a beachfront skatepark, and a biking trail. The biking trail (8.5 miles) connects to Santa Monica, a perfect path to enjoy two beach towns in a day.
Venice’s Bohemian vibe means you get to see artsy places, colorful murals and exciting performances on the boardwalk. Take time to peruse the unique shops and cozy coffee shops.
4. South Padre Island, Texas
Did you know Texas has 600 miles of coast beaches? But if you have to choose one beach destination in winter, we suggest South Padre Island. Located on the southern coastal tip of Texas, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island, about 376 miles from Houston and 297 miles from San Antonio. It’s 168 miles from Corpus Christi International Airport.
If you’re looking for adrenaline rush activities, there’s parasailing, windsurfing and flyboarding. Or kick back, relax and enjoy the sun at the beach.
5. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama
Alabama Gulf Coast has 32 miles of sugar white sand beaches and is America’s hidden treasure, an affordable vacation spot for anyone looking for a winter getaway.
Besides offering jaw-dropping sunsets and relaxing beaches for morning or evening strolls, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is close to championship golf courses and nature trails. Enjoy southern comfort food while you spend lazy days on the warm beach.
Orange Beach is about 53 miles from Mobile.