Top 5 Sunny Destinations to Escape to This Winter

By Graziela Oborn

Social media has changed the travel game and often you find your favourite summer destination overcrowded and your relaxing holidays ruined. Waiting around for a table at your favourite restaurant, finding a patch on the sand to lie down and even ordering a simple coffee in the morning, becomes a chore, so we have created a list of the top secret destinations you can still enjoy when you escape Winter this season.

 

IF YOU ARE HEADING TO EUROPE

Kokkari, Samos – Greece

Samos is one of the best Greek islands if you are looking for peace and quiet. Despite its beauty, it has managed to remain under the radar even with good tourist infrastructure.

Enjoy golden sand, green backdrop, stunning architecture, a picture-perfect promenade and the village feel.

If you like picturesque spots with insanely beautiful coastal views, this is the ideal destination for you.

 

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IF YOU DON’T WANT TO TRAVEL TOO FAR

Kangaroo Island – SA

It has all you want: bleached white sand beaches, clear water, wildlife, friendly locals, cute towns and great local wine.

Explore the Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park through an easy walk on a boardwalk around the cliff face, towards the viewing platform overlooking the arch.

Take a guided tour at award-winning Seal Bay where you can watch a large colony of sea-lions and have a picnic at nearby Bales Bay.

This is one place in Australia you will not see a tourist for miles, so enjoy having the most beautiful beach all to yourself.

 

 

Credit: @kangarooislandtrails

 

IF YOU WANT TO BE AMAZED

Nusa Penida, Bali – Indonesia 

You won’t find the snazzy beach clubs and trendy restaurants here. Instead, Nusa Penida is undeveloped, and you will experience the same Balinese friendliness you encounter in the more popular destinations.

Go for a snorkel at Crystal Bay. You’ll have the snorkel of your life. The corals are healthy and meters away from the beach.

Visit the spectacular Diamond Beach and enjoy the 20-minute hike down with breathtaking views. It is advised you only visit the beach during low tide so plan ahead.

This is paradise on earth and perfect if you want to escape the busy Bali hotspots.

 

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IF YOU STILL WANT A LITTLE BUZZ

Maui – Hawaii

It has all the buzz and all the beauty. You still get fantastic dining and shopping without the hectic pace of Oahu.

The Valley Isle has top-notch resorts and golf courses, close-by to some of the best beaches, such as Kaanapali Beach and Makena Beach Park.

Take a hike at the Waihe’e Ridge Trail through the lush jungle while spotting waterfalls in the distance along the beautiful ridge with views of the ocean and valley below.

There are also fabulous snorkel spots to explore, the Iao Valley State Park for the rich flora and fauna and the sunrise at Haleakala.

 

 

Credit: @mikayla.neves

 

IF YOU WANT AN EXOTIC EXPERIENCE

Vieques – Puerto Rico

A short distance of the main island, Vieques is famous for the brightest bioluminescent bay but it’s also an incredible tropical island during the day time.

Mosquito Bay holds the world record for the biggest and brightest bioluminescent bay which happens when you paddle and disrupt the little dinoflagellates who react by sparkling their bottoms with a natural neon light which creates the glowing light.

Blue Beach (La Chiva) has been awarded the title of one of the best beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.

Kayak through the mangrove forest and take a tour to the secret mud hole for a mud bath.

Explore the Town of Esperanza as it’s a must-visit for shopping and dining and enjoy the amazing views of the coastal road that takes you there.

 

Credit: 2katstydios

 

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