With the cold weather approaching again, I find winter to be a great season to take time off and enjoy a vacation with family and friends. Being based out of the east coast, I do my best to escape the winter cold and unwind on a beach. But of course, we all lead busy lives, and we don’t always have much time to take off so I’ve picked a few winter trip ideas that don’t take too long to reach (from either coast) and you don’t need to spend two weeks at to fully enjoy.
When it gets cold on the east coast I immediately think about the Caribbean and one of my top spots… Barbados! Whenever I’m in Barbados there are two things that I’m guaranteed to do- going out on a catamaran to enjoy the ocean and golfing. But, aside from these, Barbados has a lot of activities and culture the entire family can enjoy. Harrison Cave offers a crystallized limestone cave tour which is a cool adventure (literally, it’s actually nice and cool inside), and Oistin’s fish fry (especially on Friday nights), is a fun filled Caribbean experience with fresh fish, music and dancing. And for those looking to enjoy a nice adult beverage, Barbados has some of the finest purveyors of Caribbean rum, a visit to Mount Gay and St. Nicholas Abbey rum distilleries are not to be missed. They always make great souvenirs.
In January temperatures in Miami are anywhere from 60 to 80 degrees, so if you need to escape the snow a trip to South Beach is always a great option. When I’m in Miami, I love to check out the art scene in the Wynwood district, hit the beaches, do some shopping and of course eating at the best restaurants Miami has to offer. There are tons of great options, but one of my favorite restaurants is Prime 112 steakhouse. The NY Strip or Bone-in Rib Eye…. Right up my alley! And, for a night-cap it’s always nice to hit the hotel bars. The Faena is one of my faves.
If you’re a foodie you will love Mexico City’s food scene. The best way to discover the local cuisine is to set off on a walking food tour where you can explore different neighborhoods and restaurants in the hottest metropolitan city south of the border. Mexico City is a convenient trip from either coast with direct flights from New York that are just over 5 hours while non-stop flights from Los Angeles are just under 4 hours. With average daily low and high temperatures within 65 to 70 degrees the weather is perfect to get out and sightsee the historic landmarks like Museo Frida Kahlo, Templo Mayor (a 13th-century Aztec temple), or catch a performance at the grand Palacio de Bellas Artes.