Winter Getaways Ideas for the Adventure-Minded

There is no need to spend every day of the winter months stuck in the cold, scraping the driveway every day, and fighting the traffic on icy roads. There are plenty of winter getaways where you enjoy warm sunny weather no matter what month you go. These winter getaways are practically in the backyard for Americans and Canadians. Of course, a winter getaway does not have to be a warm weather destination as there are some spectacular winter resorts for you to also enjoy. Here are a few of these ideas for winter getaways for you to consider.


The tiny country of Panama is still a well-kept secret. This is the home of the famous Panama Canal and the country is a melting pot of cultures from the Caribbean, Spanish, and South America. You can spend a relaxing day on the Island of Taboga with crystal clear waters which is just a short boat ride from the country’s capital, Panama City. There is fishing, bicycling, golf, shopping and the nightlife in the capital is among the liveliest in the world.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic, like Panama, is another well-kept secret but fast becoming a popular winter getaway hot spot. The country has several beaches and resorts and you can find many travel deals with packages that include non-stop flights from North American cities with hotel included. For example, you can stay at the Punta Cana Resort and Club which offers a getaway with beaches and golf. They also offer attractions such as fine dining, tennis, and spa.

Key West, Florida

If you like snorkeling and scuba diving, this is one the best areas to go in the United States. Most of the Florida Keys are protected reserves of coral reef and you can enjoy these underwater activities and admire ocean life untouched by mankind. The Island of Key West is the southernmost of the Florida Keys. There are other things to do here like visit aquariums, museums, go sightseeing, and hike.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

If you are not looking for warm tropical weather and want to enjoy tranquility with the option of taking in some winter sports then there is Santa Fe, New Mexico. The State of New Mexico has several ski areas located close to Santa Fe. The City of Santa Fe is a quaint community of artisans where you can go shopping, hiking, bicycling, and enjoy fine dining on New Mexico red and green chili. While there is the occasional snowy day here, winters are for the most part mild.

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Banff, Canada

You don’t have to go to Switzerland so that you can enjoy the romance of a Swiss skiing village. Banff is located in the Canadian Rockies and borders Banff National Park. There are plenty of activities here such as skiing, hiking, and bicycling. You can also enjoy fine dining on this area’s local specialty of Bison meat.

Denver, Colorado

Denver, also known as the Mile-High City, has an endless list of things to do year-round. The city functions as a central point in the wintertime to the various ski resorts throughout Colorado. Denver is also a sports city and there are plenty of sporting events to attend. The city has a vibrant nightlife and if you want to play the slot machines you can take a tour bus to the nearby casinos of Blackhawk and Central City.

We hope you enjoyed our list of winter getaways.  Now all that is left to do is get out there and experience them for real.