Best winter vacations in the U.S. for escaping the cold

Blue skies and coastline of vacation rentals in Oceanside, CA
Vacation rental Patio with lounge chair near the Shores at Waikoloa resort

Dreading the cold, dreary winter ahead? You’re not alone—according to estimates, over 500,000 North Americans travel to avoid winter weather. Whether you’re a snowbird who heads south for the whole season, or you’re looking to spend a few days recharging in the sunshine, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite places to thaw during the winter months.

Beat the winter blues at these vacation rentals in sunny, warm destinations.

Key Colony Beach, FL

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What better way to escape the cold than a visit to the Florida Keys? With a sunny canal-front dock, a shaded porch, and a healthy dose of palm trees all around, this vacation home is just the thing to cure your winter blues. And if you’re on the hunt for the best January vacations, Key West is a strong contender, with the Seafood Fest and the Key West Half Marathon both in January. Reserve this rental and you’re well on your way to boating, snorkeling, and sipping rum cocktails while the rest of the country shivers.

Book your sunny getaway at Ninth Street Cabana.

Honua Kai, HI

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When it comes to winter escapes, Maui always tops the list, and for good reason. Mild, sunny island weather persists throughout the year, making a resort rental like this one the perfect January or February getaway. Plus, winter is whale season in Maui, so book a whale-watching cruise (or simply keep your eyes peeled and you might see some from the shore!). Relax with the kids in the property’s pool and hot tub, or spend the day on the beach taking surfing lessons—there’s no wrong way to enjoy your time at a Honua Kai condo rental on Maui.

Book your island escape at Konea 213.

South Padre Island, TX

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Every winter, snowbirds flock from other parts of Texas—and the country—to enjoy South Padre’s warm sunshine and island vibes. Join in the fun at this beautiful beachfront condo rental, complete with a balcony and pool access. Hop in the car for a quick three-mile drive down the island, and you can wash away your winter worries at Schlitterbahn, the island’s beloved waterpark. Watch the sun rise over the Gulf the next morning as you prepare for another day of beachy fun.

Book your Gulf vacation at The Continental #302.

Oceanside, CA

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There are plenty of reasons to make California your winter getaway spot, and an Oceanside rental like this one can take your experience to the next level. Sandwiched between Los Angeles and San Diego, sunny Oceanside tops the list for warm places to visit in December and beyond (Christmas at the beach, anyone?). Get your vitamin D on this home’s private balcony, or take the short walk down to the shore. With so much beach to enjoy, you might just forget that it’s wintertime.

Book your Golden State getaway at South Oceanside Beach House.

Oro Valley, AZ

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Arizona offers endless respite from dreary gray winters—come bask in warmth at this Oro Valley rental. With the desert at your doorstep, this home offers a slice of Arizona sunshine. Enjoy long evenings on your private patio, and retreat inside after the sun goes down for a night of relaxation. Golf enthusiasts will definitely want to tee off at one of the award-winning courses throughout Oro Valley. Book here and indulge in the desert’s welcoming warmth.

Book your desert escape at Oro Valley Getaway.

Waikoloa, HI

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Settle into this Waikoloa condo rental and you’ll quickly start to absorb the sunlight pouring in through the ample windows. There’s no shortage of tropical charm here, and the endless greenery, prime location, and pool access make this the perfect spot for forgetting your winter woes. While traveling to the Big Island is a great idea any time of year, a place like this one, facing a golf course, makes a winter getaway extra tempting.

Book your tropical vacation at Shores at Waikoloa.