America’s Top 10 Winter Beach Escapes

Maui, Hawaii

If you’re up for a flight, why not go to Maui to enjoy the ultimate tropical paradise? Even in the chilliest winter months you can enjoy the warm Hawaiian sun and average temperatures of 80 degrees. Here you’ll find some of the world’s most scenic drives and beautiful beaches as well as lush rainforests and waterfalls. Plus, wintertime is the best time to see humpback whales – these massive, majestic creatures are between 40 and 52 feet long, which means there’s a good chance you’ll see one breach offshore. By going snorkeling you may even enjoy the chance to hear a whale song- their haunting melodies can be heard underwater from up to 12 miles away.

St Pete Beach, Florida

Even during the dreariest months of the year, the sun is usually shining here on this island off the Florida coast west of St. Petersburg. Here you can enjoy lounging on soft, powdery white sands as well as dipping your toes in the the shallow Gulf of Mexico waters. If you want to try your hand at surfing, the mellow swells are ideal for beginners. Or, take out a beach cruiser to ride along the shady bike trails. Shell Key Preserve, an undeveloped barrier island just 15 minutes away by ferry is a great place for fishing, snorkeling and swimming. You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to stay right on the beach either, Postcard Inn is a reasonably priced hotel with a fun surfer vibe. It features surfing-themed photo murals and vintage longboards as well as shady hammocks and the chance to watch movies on the sun deck, play bocce ball or table tennis.

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