Got the Winter Blues? Then Get Away to These Hot Spots


While a blanket of freshly fallen snow or a crisp chill in the air is initially welcomed by North Americans as a pleasant part of winter, the season does have a way of overstaying its welcome. If you’re feeling a bit weary from winter’s unrelenting presence, then check out these hot spots that offer year-round fun in the sun.


The largest country in South America, Brazil offers visitors a vacation experience like no other. Brazil has been blessed with over 5,000 miles of coastline–so if you’re looking to soak up the sun oceanside, this Latin American locale should be on your list. Copacabana Beach is one of Brazil’s most iconic spots, offering 2.2 miles of white sand, pickup games of futbol and vendors peddling refreshing coconut water. If you prefer a more active journey, you can hike along the trails of the tranquil, forested hills of Sugarloaf Mountain–Rio’s most impressive peak.


A small country stitched in between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Panama shines with its bounty of sun, surf and indigenous culture. Explore the pockets of rainforests strewn about this Central American paradise and spot wildlife ranging from sloths to toucans to ocelots to howler monkeys. Immerse yourself in Panama’s intriguing culture and venture to the jungles of Chagres, to acquaint yourself with the Embera people, an indigenous population that’s thrived for generations. And, be sure to bring your appetite– Panama has some of the freshest seafood and a ceviche that rivals the world’s best.

Costa Rica:

From the inspiring rainforests to majestic volcanoes to fine sandy beaches and lovely resorts, Costa Rica is a tropical isthmus that’s not to be missed. One of the world’s most popular eco-destinations, this Central American nation reportedly devotes approximately 26% of its land to national parks, wildlife reserves and protected lands. Explore Manuel Antonio Park, a tiny yet bountiful place featuring lush tropical forests, lagoons, mangroves, and white sandy beaches. Discover the mammoth Arenal Volcano–a dormant ancient volcano that looms above Costa Rica’s landscape. Around the volcano you can visit the wildlife refuge, take a sky trek, raft the river, or repel a waterfall. Or, set your sights higher and amble across the skywalks in the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

The Azores:

The Azores have been branded as of late as “the Hawaii of Europe.” With its pristine crater lakes and basalt soils, lush pastures and ample coastline, the nine islands each contain a specific beauty that’s unlike what you’ve seen before. Unlike European hot spots like the French Riviera or popular Caribbean islands like the Bahamas, the Azores have been able to fly under the radar and provide visitors with a warmer getaway without the crowds. And for foodies especially, this makes the Portuguese archipelago nothing short of an epicurean paradise. Escape to this archipelago and enjoy the temperate warmth of the Azores.

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