Places You Might Consider for Spectacular Winter Escapes
With the stress of the holiday season behind us, January is the perfect time to escape. Every traveler has a different idea of the best places to travel in January. You might be the type who likes snowcapped mountains and a mug of warm hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. Conversely, maybe you like escaping winter and its cold bite. To you, a winter escape might mean getting away to someplace more tropical with turquoise waters, palm trees, and white sand beaches.
The Best Places To Travel In January
Where you should travel depends on whether you like snow, beaches, or something in between. Our top five picks for winter escapes include a tropical location, mountain skiing destinations, and an exciting city to explore during the winter travel season. We hope one of these destinations on our list will pique your interest if you haven’t considered them in the past.
Winter Escape No. 1: Crested Butte, Colorado
This little-known ski town has charm, adventure, and a nostalgic appeal, making it our first pick for a skier’s getaway. Crested Butte is an outdoor enthusiast’s gem in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Numerous dining and shopping options are available, and on the slopes, Crested Butte offers exciting challenges for experienced and beginner skiers with 3,000 ft. of vertical drop and world-class backcountry skiing runs. The ski season crowds in Crested Butte are significantly lighter than in high-traffic destinations like Vail and Breckenridge.
Winter Escape No. 2: Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is home to some of the Caribbean’s most stunning beaches and coral reefs, making it the perfect winter escape. Whether you want relaxation or a coral reef diving expedition, Providenciales is the ideal place to vacation. Additionally, the beauty of this tropical paradise is immediately accessible once you land. Most luxury amenities are within a 20-minute drive of the executive terminal.
Providenciales offers amenities and creature comforts in its luxury rental and resort offerings that win over other Caribbean islands. Turks and Caicos Islands is a British territory and has seen significant real estate investment over the last 20 years. If a luxurious tropical getaway is what you need this winter, we can’t recommend Providenciales strongly enough.
Winter Escape No. 3: Eleuthera Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas are well-known for many beautiful things, like pristine waters, wildlife, and stunning beaches. Eleuthera Island is home to numerous aquatic and wildlife species. The animals and their habitats make it a great winter destination for adventure seekers and relaxation enthusiasts.
Here at GAC, our favorite resort is Pink Sands on North Eleuthera. The north side of Eleuthera is the perfect jumping-off point for all sorts of Caribbean adventures. Water taxi service whisks you from the main port in North Eleuthera to the eastern peninsula. Here, beautiful pink sand beaches and luxury accommodations await. Indeed, one of the best ways to explore the area is by horseback with an Eleuthera Island horseback guide. Another option we suggest is chartering a catamaran to traverse the shallows. They take you to some of the best-hidden beaches in the Bahamas. You might even find a friendly family of pigs to swim with you as you drift about the island.
Winter Escape No. 4: Whistler, British Columbia
Our fourth pick is Whistler, British Columbia, home to some world-renowned skiing and one of the most picturesque winter destinations on the planet. You need to visit this winter paradise if you’re a snow lover. Whistler is unique because Blackcomb Mountain has a 5,000 ft. vertical drop, and helicopters are one of the best ways to access backcountry ski runs. Using the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, you can access runs between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain and experience an 11-minute journey that will take you 1,427 feet above the valley floor. Due to Whistler’s highly rated resorts, entertainment is not hard to find. Whistler and Creekside Villages offer exciting shopping and dining experiences to cap off a day spent on the slopes.
Winter Escape No. 5: Lisbon, Portugal
Last on our list, but certainly not the least, is Lisbon, Portugal. We like Lisbon in the winter for several reasons: mild temperatures, light tourist crowds, and access to exquisite dining without reservations months in advance. Moreover, many travelers miss Lisbon because it has flown under the radar for many years. After landing at Humberto Delgado Airport, you are 20 minutes away from the heart of Lisbon and all the city has to offer. We recommend the Hotel Avenida Palace if you’re looking for a hotel with 5-star service and amenities. You will be right in the heart of Lisbon, with fine dining and luxury boutiques mere blocks away.
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