8 Hot Beach Spots to Escape the Cold

When the air starts feeling a little chilly, the best way to warm up is by heading to the beach. Check out these 8 hot beach spots that each cater to a different crowd.

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1. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Resorts
At all-inclusive resorts, you’ll never need to leave the property — unless you want to. Take a dive into the refreshing pool, sink your toes in the sand at the beach, and nosh to your heart’s content at one of the on-site restaurants.

Food
You won’t be able to walk a few feet without catching the smell of freshly made tortillas and grilled fish in this seaside town. Explore the Saturday farmer’s market for plenty of fresh foods and local vendors.

Activities
Relaxing by the sea isn’t all there is to do in Puerto Vallarta! Take advantage of the warm climate, and go scuba diving, year round. Hike up the mountains and then zipline back down during the day before hitting some clubs and making new friends at night.

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2. Ibiza, Spain

Resorts
If you love a good party, you’ll find Ibiza to be the best place to get your dance on. Resorts cater to those who are looking to stay up late and relax all day.

Food
After you’ve danced up a storm, you’ll find plenty of reasonably priced food in Ibiza. Traditional dishes include, paella; stews simmered with meat, potatoes, and chicken; and croissants stuffed with sweet cream.

Activities
After a day relaxing on the beach, the best way to get fired up is to go to a nightclub. Ibiza is known for its all-night partying and dancing.

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3. Nice, France

Resorts
Nice has dozens of hotels, situated right on the beach, so there’s a spot for every budget. Most hotels boast private beach access, so you won’t need to pay up to snag your spot on the sand. Hotels range from $150 to $500 a night and many offer spa packages included in the price.

Food
You’ll find a variety of French cuisine on Nice’s beaches. You’ll never feel hungry with plates of seafood pasta and escargot. Sink your teeth into soca-soca, a fried chickpea pancake that’s crispy around the edges. Sip a glass of sparkling wine — the perfect complement to any meal.

Activities
Take the train to nearby Cannes, home of the annual Cannes Film Festival, and check out the luxury yachts. Or, rent a yacht of your own for a day. Stroll along the boardwalk, and stop in at one of the area’s high-end boutiques for souvenirs to impress your friends and family.

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