Although winter snow can be lovely, there comes a point after your hands have gone numb from scraping the ice from your windshield and your back is sore from shoveling, when you wish that you could just lie back on a hammock under a palm tree and soak up some sun for a change.
If your budget is a bit tight this year you might be thinking that a beach holiday to a warmer climate is outside of your price range.
However, there are many cheap and hot travel destinations that can be reached from the USA for a lot less than you might think.
Here are a few ideas:
The Los Roques Islands, Venezuela
This archipelago of 42 lush islands is a protected national park and home to a dazzling array of fish and bird species.
Los Roques is a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling and you can also take day trips to the many uninhabited islands. The warm trade-winds blowing through will also make windsurfing and sailing a breeze.
It’s hard to believe that this isolated island paradise can be so affordable, but you can book in a pleasant bed and breakfast for as little as $75 per night.
If you want the full treatment it is possible to find package deals at the friendly Posada Movida for $120 per night which includes all meals, wine and even an island boat tour!
Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Most people who take a beach holiday in Central America head to Costa Rica, but if you are on a budget you might want to consider this hidden gem instead.
The costs of all-inclusive vacation packages to Panama are usually around 30% cheaper than Costa Rica.
The islands of Bocas Del Toro can be found on the Caribbean side of Panama and offer the prospect of lazy days spent lounging on the beach and island hopping on water taxis to explore private coves and beaches.
You could even go snorkeling in Dolphin Bay and have a chance to swim with dolphins!
Here is a video about things to do in Bocas Del Toro:
High end all-inclusive resorts have taken over Playa del Carmen and driven out the budget traveler.
However, you can get the same gorgeous beaches just slightly south in the smaller town of Tulum for a fraction of the price. At Cabanas Tulum you can get a room on the beach for as little as $60 per night.
This part of Mexico has many fascinating Mayan ruins to explore as well as plenty of cheap and delicious authentic Mexican food to enjoy while sitting outside in the warm ocean breezes.
A vacation in the sunshine might be more affordable than you think with these budget travel destinations! Don’t forget to pack lots of sunscreen and have a great time!