With temperatures plummeting, icy winds blowing and mountains of snow dropping daily, it’s evident that winter has finally settled in. You’ll probably spend the next two months holed up inside with your favorite snacks and a Netflix queue that somehow keeps growing by the hour. You’ll scroll social media every few hours, experiencing major Insta-envy thanks to your travel-happy friends and the beach-dwelling bloggers who seem to be on an endless vacation.
This winter will be different though, we promise! Indulge your inner wanderlust and take a temporary break from the chill with a quick warm-weather getaway. We’ve rounded up the sunniest spots worth jetting off to, so stop cursing that shadow-seeing groundhog and start booking your winter blues escape. We’ve even helped you find the perfect VSCO Cam filter to keep your followers jealous.
Average Feb Temps: Low 70’s
Why You’re Jetting Here: Skip Palm Springs and head to this overlooked desert getaway instead. It doesn’t get more “nature” than Joshua Tree’s sprawling rock formations and bubbling hot springs, which make the perfect backdrop for daytime hikes and overnight camps. More than just a rock climber’s oasis though, the former frontier town is also home to eclectic vintage shopping– hit The End for some decidedly psychedelic dresses and other So-Cal finds.
Where You’re Staying: Bunk at the Mojave Sands, a 5 room motel built in the 1950s and recently renovated to capture the town’s burgeoning hippie-chic style. Plan on plenty of relaxation and star-gazing– no TVs or distractions allowed. From $200 a night.
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LAS TERRENAS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Average Feb Temps: Mid 80’s.
Why You’re Jetting Here: This still unspoiled fishing town on the Northern coast of Dominican Republic is home to a colorful nightlife scene, flavor-explosion-in-your-mouth worthy seafood, and pristine beaches that seem to stretch on for miles. Charming dirt roads and friendly locals make Las Terrenas a true antidote to city slicker living, and attractions like the El Limon waterfall (the tallest in the country) are not to be missed.
Where You’re Staying: Find a spacious crash pad at Hotel Alisei Spa, the primer hotel in town. Each room comes equipped with a full kitchen, and the spa offers treatments using both luxury products and local Dominican favorites. But the best part? Order your MamaJuana to go– this place is literally beachfront! From $138 a night.
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NOSARA, COSTA RICA
Average Feb Temps: High 80’s.
Why You’re Jetting Here: A Latin American surfers alcove, Nosara has a long-standing reputation as a favorite among the expat community. Reason? The sleepy town is located smack in the middle of three beaches and paved roads are scarce. Nosara makes a dream getaway if you’re itching to leave winter behind for some uninterrupted sunshine play, with surfing and outdoor yoga topping the list of activities.
Where You’re Staying: Take up residence among the howler monkeys at the Harmony Hotel. The sustainable property hosts guests in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle and offers everything from an on-site juice bar to local coffee and farm-to-table cuisine. With at least three yoga sessions and master classes offered daily in their open air studio, plan to get zen (and tan) at this health-conscious hotel. From $300 a night.
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Average Feb Temps: High 60’s.
Why You’re Jetting Here: Move over Austin – Marfa’s the true epicenter of Texas’ art scene. The impossibly cool town has been an creative refuge since the 70s, when minimalist artist Donald Judd began to erect permanent installations here. Works from Dan Flavin and Claes Oldenburg followed, making Marfa a must-visit for any art lover. Make sure not to miss Elmgreen and Dragset’s Prada Marfa, a one room “pop culture installation” designed to resemble a brick-and-mortar from the luxury brand.
Where You’re Staying: There’s always something going on in Marfa, so you’ll want to book a room at The Thunderbird. All the action happens at this hip horseshoe shaped hotel and the walls are flanked with art from Marfa legends. The hotel also offers unique amenities like vinyls, vintage typewriters and endless supplies of paper designed to help you tap into your inner creative. It doesn’t hurt that the bathrooms are stocked with Malin+Goetz products either. From $140 a night.
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Average Feb Temps: Mid 70’s.
Why You’re Jetting Here: With nearly every fashion insider visiting the seaside village this year, Tulum is definitely trending. But thanks to the combination of white-sand beaches, cavernous under-water caves, and impressive Mayan ruins, we’re packing our favorite swimsuits and leaving winter behind STAT! Seafood is plentiful and margaritas are flowing– hit Tulum for some true tropical R&R.
Where You’re Staying: A beachside cabana, called a palapa, is a must. Book a room at the Design Hotel group’s latest pop-up, the Papaya Playa Project. These thatch-roof homes are as close to traditional as it gets, with just a few “simple pleasures” (read: WiFi) designed to make the hotel a bit more friendly to insta-addicts. The hotel is home to a lush spa offering traditional Mexican spiritual treatments thanks to the resort’s resident shaman, and the restaurant and bar have become the “see and be seen” spots on the beach. Rates can vary depending on the experience you want, but rest assured that there’s something for everyone at this beachside wonder. From $25 a night.
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