When winter weather is at its worst, you’ll no doubt be tempted to escape to a warmer destination. But where to go? A tropical climate with brilliant sunshine rejuvenates weary spirits and keeps the circulation flowing, so wherever you go – choose somewhere warm. Whether interested in high culture or peaceful surroundings, these four destinations will add warmth to any winter day.
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is warm year-round with average temperatures of 28-32°C (82-89°F) in the daytime and 21-23°C (70-73°F) at night. The dry season, January to May, offers abundant sun, warmth and beautiful surroundings. Travel through the rainforest in the Tobago Forest Reserve, or marvel at the Argyle Falls. The Yerette Bird Sanctuary and Asa Wright Nature Centre have breathtaking island wildlife. Other attractions include the roundabout charm of Queen’s Park Savannah, peace and serenity at the Lopinot Historical Complex or Toco Lighthouse and the history of Fort King George. Carnival takes place annually in mid February or early March.
Hawaii, with consistent year-round warmth, appeals to many travelers. Average temperatures range from 25-30°C (77-86°F) in the daytime and 18-22°C (64-71°F) at night. Since rainfall is irregular, dry micro climates are typically found on the west and south coasts of each island. The islands are unique for their vegetation, beaches, forests and volcanic hillsides. Visit Volcanoes National Park, then take a helicopter ride across an active volcano. Snorkel through the clear ocean, or walk the lava shores. Pearl Harbor and Wakiki Beach are popular on Oahu, although Maui and Kauai have beautiful beaches as well. Historical sites and temples on the Big Island include Lapakahi State Historical Park, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Mo’okini Heiau State Monument.
Jamaica, situated in the Caribbean Sea, has warm weather in any season. Average temperatures range from 24-32°C (75-89°F) in the daytime and 22-25°C (72-78°F) at night. Jamaica is an island rich in natural history and social heritage. Rose Hall Great House and Good Hope Plantation have educational insights, while the remains of Port Royal bring pirate history to life. Greenwood Great House is ideal for antique lovers. Enjoy everything The Caves Jamaica has to offer by having an adventurous “cave dinner” or even stay in a cliff side hotel. Travel from Negril Cliffs to the inland rainforest, and explore Abeokuta Paradise National Park. For a trip that combines physical activity with spectacular views, consider Mayfield Falls or Blue Mountains. Rocklands Bird Sanctuary will delight visitors of all ages with its stunning biodiversity.
Warm weather welcomes visitors to this Central American destination. Tropical temperatures average 24-31°C (75-87°F) in the daytime and 22-26°C (71-78°F) at night. Dry season runs January to May, offering warm sunshine and infrequent showers. While out exploring the countryside, witness the Mayan ruins of the Cayo District, Lamanai, Altun Ha and Caracol Archaeological Reserve. Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary will astonish visitors with the number of wildlife species present. Snorkel with the fish at Glover’s Reef Atoll or Turneffe Islands, or tour the underground caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal.
Sandy beaches, volcanoes, abundant wildlife, Mayan temples and continuous warmth draw in visitors from around the world. Trinidad and Tobago, Hawaii, Jamaica and Belize are ideal winter destinations when the weather at home is dreary. Each country offers a rich perspective and diverse culture sure to appeal to any taste. When the winter weather is bearing down, consider that perfect tropical escape.