Four Warm Getaways To Keep You Out of the Cold

Winter is coming! While it officially won't arrive until December 21st, it's already getting chillier in many parts of North America and Europe.

While some may enjoy the snow, not everyone is a fan of cold weather. If you’re the type of person who prefers not to layer up from December onward, a change of scenery might be in order. Here are four warm getaways where sweaters and swimsuits are optional.

As the southernmost state in the continental U.S., it’s little surprise that Florida would be warm year-round. According to the National Weather Service, Key West boasts an average temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit in December.

Go Snorkeling in Key West, Florida

Key West is home to many spots for diving and snorkeling. The U.S.N.S. Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg and the Cayman Salvager were both ships that were intentionally sunk to create artificial reefs. Aside from these two ships, the Sand Key Lighthouse Reef offers more opportunities for both diving and snorkeling.

Are you looking for a warm vacation spot that’s a bit cooler than the Florida Keys? Then consider Palm Springs. This city has an average temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit in December.

Outdoor Attractions in Palm Springs, California

Be sure to check out the Moorten Botanical Gardens while you’re there. These gardens boast 3,000 examples of cacti and other desert plants. Joshua Tree National Park is another outdoor attraction in Palm Springs and is home to 57 species of mammals, 46 species of reptiles, and a whopping 250 species of birds.

As an island floating in the Caribbean, it’s little surprise that Aruba stays warm in the winter. Its capital, Oranjestad, has an average temperature of around 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Aruba is known for its beaches and coves, but there’s more to the island than meets the eye.

White Sand Dunes in Aruba

Rolling, white sand dunes lie just beyond the beaches, waiting to be explored by curious travelers. The Arikok National Park is home to various attractions, like caves and unusual land formations made from lava, quartz diorite, and limestone. Be sure to check out the park’s horseback riding tours as well.

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