The Best Warm-Weather Destinations for a Winter Vacation in the United States

The next time you’re looking for a new vacation destination but don’t want to go through the trouble of exchanging currency or renewing your passport, think about booking a holiday within the United States.

There are plenty of warm-weather destinations in the county – some that are popular with tourists and are routinely full, and others that are wildly underrated and don’t attract the same kind of attention.

Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation, an outdoor adventure, or a city that’s known for its nightlife, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are some of our favorite warm-weather destinations for a winter vacation within the United States.

1. Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island is located in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Florida near Fort Myers. The narrow island is known for its incredible coastline, which is covered in some of the best, most unspoiled beaches in the country. Most people come here to enjoy the beach – but if you leave without checking out the vast mangrove forests in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, you’re missing out. The wildlife refuge stretches for 5,200 acres and boasts miles of kayaking trails that are perfect for a quiet afternoon paddle.

Seafood is the island’s specialty, and all of the restaurants put their own spin on the sea’s daily bounty. At the Lazy Flamingo, you can even catch your own fish, and give it to the kitchen to prepare for you.

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2. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Kailua-Kona is a great vacation destination in Hawaii for people that are looking to get away from the crowds. The area’s beaches are pristine, and it’s close enough to Waikiki that you can still get a taste of city life.

If you’d prefer to stay closer to town, you can check out some of the local historical areas, like Mokuaikaua Church, which dates back to the 1800s, and is the former residence of King Kamehameha I. There are plenty of beaches to choose from, but if you’d like to snorkel around some of the most beautiful coral in Hawaii, head to Kamakahonu Beach.

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