I love winter – from a distance that is. I marvel at the first few snows, I decorate early for the holidays, and I adore snuggling under a blanket with a hot cup of cocoa. But by January and February, my toes are too cold to take it anymore.
If you are like me, it is time to get your head in the sun and your feet in the sand, quickly, and on a budget that won’t break your bank. Here are three destinations, all close enough to Michigan to book now.
The Florida Keys
Fly to Key West, but skip the tourists and drive one hour north to Marathon. There you will find Tranquility Bay, where you can rent either rooms or an entire family cottage right on the beach. Soak up the sun with a margarita in hand for a few days, then kayak, snorkel and definitely fish. Voted one of the best resorts in the keys for families.
Malibu, Laguna or Huntington Beach
It may be a longer flight, but California beaches are worth it. There are many reasonable Airbnbs to rent, and who cares if it is only a studio apartment with a gorgeous view of the ocean? I recommend taking this trip as a couple or with good friends who love the beach, great hiking, wine tours and beautiful sunsets.
The Cayman Islands
With its gorgeous coral reefs and clear, turquoise waters, the Cayman Islands are a popular destination for many Michiganders. The best time to travel is February and March, and you can still find deals on hotels located right on Seven Mile Beach. Take a walk in the sunshine every morning, grab a hammock and a cold one, and then relax under a large palm tree.
The best time to book flights is Tuesday right after noon, and best rates can be found on Trivago and other travel sites, such as Homeaway or Airbnb. Good luck, and here’s to keeping your toes warm this winter!