Fighting the winter blues and its frigid temperatures would make anyone want to pack their tanning oil and catch the next flight out to any warm destination. Finding the right place to bake under the sun could be difficult; especially if you're considering spending your entire winter there. It's more than just warm temperatures; but an interesting city that will make you forget all about the Winter Wonderland.


Punta Sal, Peru  
Punta Sal, Peru - Flickr: Paulo Vicente

South America holds many gems along the coastline; Punta Sal being one of them. There are a wide range of possibilities for beach go-ers looking for the proper place to soak up the sun. Close to the Ecuadorian border, Punta Sal is the perfect South American beach resort town. There is guaranteed tranquility and warm sun all-year round in this lesser known beach area.

Bonaire, Netherland Antilles
Bonaire, Netherland Antilles - Flickr: Jitsen.Chang

Though it is (somewhat) part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, luckily, it is not accustom to cooler weather climates. Being part of the Dutch Caribbean means the island of Bonaire is blessed with a tropical climate. The island is particularly known for catering to scuba divers and snorkelers. Though there are few sandy beaches; the sights of tropical underwater life will make you forget all about that s-word. (snow.)

Patong Beach, Thailand
Patong Beach, Thailand, Flickr: MelenaMa

Located in the land of smiles, you can't help but melt away at this popular Thai beach. Patong beach is the best of both world's with white sands, warm water and an excellent nightlife. It is a popular destination for 20-somethings; with also a variety of action-sport activities such as paragliding and jet skiing. One look at the average temperature highs in the area; which is well above the 80-degree mark and it's a mindless decision to venture out to the other side of the world for the land of smiles and serious tanning.

Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey, Flickr: Haaveilla

Turkey may not sell itself as a beach resort destination, but if you take a closer look, there are many lovely beach locations along the Mediterranean Coast. Not only is it an attractive city surrounded by palm trees and crystal blue waters, but it has an old quarter filled with history of old empires that once conquered this country. Escape in the astonishing natural beauty of Waterfalls and National parks in such a warm climate. It is known for its five specialties: great sun, warm waters, hospitable locals, rich history and all at a reasonable price.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Flickr: BlueWaikiki

Even if the entire islands of Hawaii is a tropical destination in itself, Kailua-Kona is one of the nicest to beat the winter blues. It is a touristy area, with a small-town feeling. It is not a large city; but one with friendly locals that fall asleep by 9 p.m. each evening. Wherever you are in the city; you can find yourself walking along Ali'i Drive; the oceanfront main street filled with busy stores. Of course, it is the hub for tropical paradise with excellent sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and deep sea fishing. Or, just spend hours enjoying the splendid views of the Pacific Ocean in a place where time just seems to go so slow.

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