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11 Wonderful Warm Winter Getaway Ideas

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One of my not so secret ways to getting through a Minnesota winter (besides embracing it with lots of activities) is to take 1-2 warm weather getaways. Below are 11 of my favorite warm weather winter getaway ideas that would be great for a winter break.

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11 Warm Weather Winter Getaway Ideas

1. Miami, Florida

The most vibrant city in the US has to be Miami. Great food, culture, beaches and scenery – it’s easy to spend a weekend exploring and enjoying the beaches.

2. Ecuador – The Galapagos

While on the more expensive side, a trip to the Galapagos is a true bucket list destination. We spent a week cruising with Quasar and had the most incredible time. You could also add on time in Baños and Quito – two stunning destinations.

3. Maui, Hawaii

Road to Hana itinerary

Maui Hawaii is one of the most beautiful islands I’ve been to. Spend a week enjoying everything from the beaches, to surfing with turtles and dolphins, to enjoying a luau, hiking, swimming under waterfalls and eating delicious farm to table meals.

4. Savannah, Georgia

Things to do Savannah

While not a tropical destination, Savannah is a great option for a warmer long weekend break from winter. Explore the historical city, enjoy delicious food and tons of great shopping.

5. Thailand

Thailand 10 day itinerary

We loved spending 10 days exploring Chiang Mai, Phuket and Bangkok. Great culture, beaches, scenery and food.

6. Crystal River, Florida

Crystal River Manatees

The reason to visit Crystal River in the winter isn’t the beaches – it’s because the manatees come in from the chilly Gulf seeking warmer waters! You can take a tour or bring your own kayaks or Paddleboards to enjoy seeing the beautiful creatures in the wild.

7. Kauai, Hawaii

Koke'e State Park

One of the most stunning islands I’ve been to is Kauai. Gorgeous hikes, stunning beaches, delicious food and it’s overall less busy than popular Maui or Oahu. Check out 10 Great Places to eat on Kauai too.

8. Portugal: Algarve, Lisbon and Porto

Algarve Itinerary

Portugal is one of my favorite European destinations. You can explore the beautiful streets of Porto (the blue tiles are iconic!) with a day trip to the Duoro Valley, soak up the culture of Lisbon and then spend time beachside in the gorgeous Algarve.

9. Jordan

Jordan roadtrip itinerary

One of the safest and friendliest Middle Eastern countries is Jordan. We spent a week roadtripping to many iconic spots including Petra, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum. An incredible experience!

10. Morocco

Marrakesh Riad

Morocco is a beautiful country with a lot of fun activities. We spent a long weekend in Marrakesh and enjoyed the food, a day trip to the Atlas Mountains, checking out the sites, shopping and our gorgeous riad.

11. Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef itinerary

An iconic bucket list destination is the Great Barrier Reef. We spent a week around Port Douglas, Cairns and on the Reef and had an incredible time!

Did these warm weather winter getaway ideas inspire you to book a trip? Let me know in the comments where else you’d like to travel this winter!

Happy Planning!

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