Readers’ Choice: The Caribbean Is the Best Winter Getaway
Snow is beautiful ... for a couple of weeks. But after months of shoveling, slipping and feeling your face hurt every time you go outside, the winter blues settle in.
Luckily, science has the perfect cure: a warm-weather getaway. And 39.4 percent of our readers — who are just as reliable as scientists — have determined that there is no better place for a winter escape than the gorgeous Caribbean Sea.
November to March is the perfect place to visit an island here since hurricane season is over and the temperature is warm but not boiling. You'll forget all about the sniffles and the freezing wind as you're tanning on top of a boat that floats over clear-blue water.
Besides the beach, the Caribbean offers mountains, volcanoes, coral reefs, tropical jungles and historic forts. It also has some of the best food in the entire world. Not to mention the great music that makes for gigantic carnivals and welcoming people.
Even a few days here will revive your soul.
Best Hotels in the Caribbean
With 28 countries and territories, the Caribbean offers a wide breadth of choices for every kind of traveler. Check out our breakdown of every island in the region to decide where to go.
If hotel choice is important to you, you'll be blown away by Jade Mountain Resort in Saint Lucia. Known for its glamorous three-walled rooms that provide breathtaking views of the Pitons Mountains, this is one of the most coveted hotels in the Caribbean.
Stay at Belle Mont Farm in St. Kitts for quiet luxury on an often-overlooked island. Or splurge on a stay at the Four Seasons Resort in neighboring Nevis.
And if you want to get away from fellow American travelers as well as small children (hey, this is your vacation, you can have it exactly your way!), book the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in St. Marteen, an adults-only five-star resort.
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