Whether you’re looking for a Christmas or New Years getaway, or even just looking to get out of the cold in the winter months – consider one of these beachy destinations that are perfect this time of the year!
Baja California. Mexico
You can get sunbathing weather and balmy nights relatively close to the U.S. if you head to Mexico. And the Baja coast is a great option for a more affordable holiday. Hang at one of many all-inclusive resorts (Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa has rooms for $208/night*) where you never even need to leave the property, or head into Cabo San Lucas for a party vibe year round if that’s more your speed.
Hawaii is one of those evergreen destinations without much of a low season, and Christmas can actually be one of the busiest times to go. Having said that, Kauai still flies a bit under the radar compared to Oahu or Maui. Flying out from a west coast gateway (LAX will have the best deals) can get to you Kauai for around $650, and once you’re there you’ll be able to get a budget hotel room for under $200/night (The Wyndham Bali Hai Villas are $183/night*). Try snorkeling and swimming off the Na Pali Coast for some of the best natural landscapes in the world, or just pick a beach to lounge away the hours – with more than 50 miles of picturesque coastline you can’t go wrong!
Key West, Florida
Miami Beach is an extremely popular destination for New Yorkers over the holidays, which drives up flight and accommodation prices. Also, Miami is quite a scene. We recommend visiting a more laid-back spot for the holidays. Our pick is Key West – that retro cool spot to the south. Fly into Fort Lauderdale instead of Miami to save some dough, and then splash out a bit on accommodation – The Cabana Inn Key West is a fresh, bright and cool spot for $322/night*. Head out to Duval Street in Old Town when the need to mix and mingle strikes – it’s one of the most fun spots in town.
Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Beach has a small-town vibe on one of the most picturesque parts of the southern California coast, and it has an ongoing love affair with all things Christmas. In addition, for some reason, Laguna in the winter offers great value for the money. You probably won’t find it warm enough for sunbathing, so don’t go into the week thinking you might, but you never know. The weather in California is such that you might get lucky! Stay at the Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach for just $161/night* or splurge and get a room at the 4-star Surf & Sand Resort for $466/night.*
Share your positive Christmas vibes with Puerto Rico. Though it’s still in recovery mode, Puerto Rico’s resilience and entrepreneurial spirit has carried it through. San Juan’s lively night life and picturesque coasts continue to dazzle. We recommend a trip to Mosquito Bay to experience the world’s most bioluminescent waters. While in San Juan, stay at the La Concha Renaissance for $346/night.* Flights to San Juan from Newark start at around $500.
For more Holiday flight tips, please check out our Holiday Flights page.