13 underrated warm-weather destinations for the holidays

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Slide 1 of 14: 
 In the US, warm-weather destinations like Edisto Island,
 South Carolina and Dunedin, Florida typically have fewer crowds
 in the winter. 
 The Caribbean island Anguilla is more private warm-weather
 travel destination. 
 Panama City, Panama and Santorini, Greece are also popular
 warm-weather destinations that can be bit less crowded during the
 winter time. 
 Whether you're looking for a
 warm-weather travel destination to escape from cold winter
 weather or you simply want to explore somewhere new during the
 holiday season, there are plenty of travel options out there if
 you want to avoid the crowds. 
 Here are a few underrated
 warm-weather travel destinations to check out this holiday
 season.
Slide 2 of 14: 
 Get two trips in one by visiting
 Edisto Island in South Carolina - it's only about an hour away
 from Charleston, so you can visit the popular destination and
 also get to relax by the beach.
 You can have a low-key trip, or
 you can explore a bit by going dolphin and whale watching, taking
 a boat tour to beautiful 
 Shell Island.
Slide 3 of 14: 
 Pretty much any place in South
 America will be a warm-weather destination, but if you want a
 somewhat less crowded destination, check out Cartagena, Colombia.
 This coastal city features
 amazing food, beautiful
 architecture, and quaint cobblestone streets.
Slide 4 of 14: 
 The shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan
 offer you a view of three volcanoes. Plus, you can visit the
 village of San Marcos for some quiet relaxation or head to
 Santa Cruz La
 Laguna to explore - it's the lake's scuba capital that's also
 known for diving. 
 San Pedro also offers plenty of delicious restaurants to
 check out. 
 Read More: 
 45
 hotels around the world with stunning views
Slide 5 of 14: 
 Florida is obviously a very
 popular place to go during the winter, as it's pretty warm
 year-round. But, the state is big - you don't have to go to
 popular spots like Miami or the Keys to get your sunshine state
 fix.
 Try visiting Dunedin, located on
 the Gulf Coast, this destination offers pleasantly warm beach
 weather.
 While you're there, you can take
 a boat ride over to 
 Caladesi Island or Honeymoon Island to explore white sand
 beaches or you can even bike through Dunedin on a 42-mile
 Pinellas Trail. If you're
 looking to kick back and relax, head to Dunedin Brewery for world-class
 beers.
Slide 6 of 14: 
 If you want to really relax by a
 beautiful beach during the holidays, the Caribbean is the place
 to be. Instead of hitting up very popular winter destinations
 like the Bahamas or Jamaica, try Martinique.
 Go to Fort-de-France, the capital
 of the island, for wonderful restaurants and gorgeous sights to
 see. Lay on the white sand beaches of Grande Anse des Salines,
 check out the Jardin de
 Balata for a stunning botanical garden experience and enjoy
 all of the colorful buildings.
Slide 7 of 14: 
 If you're looking for adventure
 and idyllic beach days, you can't go wrong with Kauai in Hawaii.
 You can hike Waimea Canyon to see the Grand Canyon of the
 Pacific, hang at the beach at Hanalei Bay, hike the Kalalau trail
 to see 
 the rugged Nāpali Coast, and, of course, cool
 down with shaved ice, which is a local favorite. 
 Read More: 
 19 things people commonly get wrong about
 Hawaii
Slide 8 of 14: 
 Roatán in Honduras is a tiny
 island off the coast that overlooks 
 one of the largest coral reefs in the world and is known for
 its scuba diving.
 It's small and laid-back, with
 delicious food, stunning beaches, and plenty of exotic animal
 sightings. Try local rum at the Roatán Rum Company in West
 Bay, take drum lessons at Steel Pan Alley, or take a boat tour
 through the beautiful Mangrove Tunnels.
Slide 9 of 14: 
 Not into the beach scene, but
 still want to go somewhere where the temperature is warm? Try
 Palm Springs. The weather makes it a popular holiday retreat and
 there's a lot to do. 
 Go to 
 San Gorgonio Wind Farm Park to see one of the nation's
 largest wind farms, check out the art galleries and antique
 galleries to find something interesting, or take in gorgeous
 views on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
 Plus, check out a unique hotel
 like The Monkey Tree Hotel
 in North Palm Springs, which has
 hosted celebrities like the Beatles and Lucille Ball.
Slide 10 of 14: 
 Panama City offers so many
 attractions to check out, as well as beautifully warm weather.
 You'll probably want to get a glimpse of the Panama Canal, but
 you can also explore Casco
 Viejo, a UNESCO protected district of colonial houses,
 restaurants, and coffee shops; Soberania National Park, which
 will give you a jungle experience; and Panama Viejo, a UNESCO
 heritage site that is all that remains of the original city of
 Panama.
Slide 11 of 14: 
 There are so many island options
 when it comes to the Caribbean, but Anguilla features white sand
 beaches, ridiculously blue waters, and plenty of things to
 do.
 It's also very relaxed and
 private, so it's a perfect escape if you really want to get away
 from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Take a boat ride to 
 Sandy Island to enjoy crayfish and relax on the beach or sail
 to Little Bay for peace and quiet. You can even visit nearby St.
 Maarten.
Slide 12 of 14: 
 Georgia offers gorgeous coastal
 cities and beaches to explore and the Golden Isles are worth
 mentioning. They're comprised of the islands of St. Simons, Little St. Simons,
 Jekyll, and Sea Island and you can check them all out by
 highway or boat. Visit historical
 monuments, hang at the beach, and the see the gorgeous
 sites.
Slide 13 of 14: 
 Santorini tends to be more
 crowded during the summer, but it gets much
 quieter in the winter months and it's still a paradise to
 explore.
 Visit the city of
 Akrotiri, which was buried by a volcanic eruption centuries
 ago, or hike
 from Fira to Oia to really get some gorgeous views.
 Definitely make time to see a Greek sunset, and of course, eat
 all of the tasty Greek food you'd like.
Slide 14 of 14: 
 Instead of visiting the popular
 travel destination New Orleans, check out Grand Isle, which is
 a barrier island off
 of Louisiana's Gulf Coast. The temperatures are warm enough
 to hang in the sun and it's considerably less crowded than it is
 during the summer. You can fish at Grand Isle State Park or head
 to the beach to relax.
 There's plenty of fresh fish and
 food to enjoy and you can even take a
 two-hour road trip to New Orleans if you'd like to do some
 more exploring. 
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Whether you’re looking for a
warm-weather travel destination to escape from cold winter
weather or you simply want to explore somewhere new during the
holiday season, there are plenty of travel options out there if
you want to avoid the crowds. Click through the slideshow above.

Here are a few underrated
warm-weather travel destinations to check out this holiday
season.

Edisto Island in South Carolina is a beachy destination that’s close to Charleston.

Get two trips in one by visiting
Edisto Island in South Carolina – it’s only about an hour away
from Charleston, so you can visit the popular destination and
also get to relax by the beach.

You can have a low-key trip, or
you can explore a bit by going dolphin and whale watching, taking
a boat tour to beautiful
Shell Island.

Head to Cartagena in Colombia for beautiful sightseeing.

Pretty much any place in South
America will be a warm-weather destination, but if you want a
somewhat less crowded destination, check out Cartagena, Colombia.

This coastal city features
amazing food, beautiful
architecture, and quaint cobblestone streets.

Explore nature at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

The shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan
offer you a view of three volcanoes. Plus, you can visit the
village of San Marcos for some quiet relaxation or head to
Santa Cruz La
Laguna to explore – it’s the lake’s scuba capital that’s also
known for diving.
San Pedro also offers plenty of delicious restaurants to
check out.

Go to Dunedin in Florida for some relaxing beach time.

Florida is obviously a very
popular place to go during the winter, as it’s pretty warm
year-round. But, the state is big – you don’t have to go to
popular spots like Miami or the Keys to get your sunshine state
fix.

Try visiting Dunedin, located on
the Gulf Coast, this destination offers pleasantly warm beach
weather.

While you’re there, you can take
a boat ride over to
Caladesi Island or Honeymoon Island to explore white sand
beaches or you can even bike through Dunedin on a 42-mile
Pinellas Trail. If you’re
looking to kick back and relax, head to Dunedin Brewery for world-class
beers.

Enjoy a seriously luxurious vacation in Martinique in the French Caribbean.

If you want to really relax by a
beautiful beach during the holidays, the Caribbean is the place
to be. Instead of hitting up very popular winter destinations
like the Bahamas or Jamaica, try Martinique.

Go to Fort-de-France, the capital
of the island, for wonderful restaurants and gorgeous sights to
see. Lay on the white sand beaches of Grande Anse des Salines,
check out the Jardin de
Balata for a stunning botanical garden experience and enjoy
all of the colorful buildings.

Escape to Kauai, Hawaii for warm weather.

If you’re looking for adventure
and idyllic beach days, you can’t go wrong with Kauai in Hawaii.
You can hike Waimea Canyon to see the Grand Canyon of the
Pacific, hang at the beach at Hanalei Bay, hike the Kalalau trail
to see
the rugged Nāpali Coast, and, of course, cool
down with shaved ice, which is a local favorite.

Go to Roatán in Honduras for something really unique.

Roatán in Honduras is a tiny
island off the coast that overlooks
one of the largest coral reefs in the world and is known for
its scuba diving.

It’s small and laid-back, with
delicious food, stunning beaches, and plenty of exotic animal
sightings. Try local rum at the Roatán Rum Company in West
Bay, take drum lessons at Steel Pan Alley, or take a boat tour
through the beautiful Mangrove Tunnels.

Visit Palm Springs in California if you want to do some exploring and shopping.

Not into the beach scene, but
still want to go somewhere where the temperature is warm? Try
Palm Springs. The weather makes it a popular holiday retreat and
there’s a lot to do.

Go to
San Gorgonio Wind Farm Park to see one of the nation’s
largest wind farms, check out the art galleries and antique
galleries to find something interesting, or take in gorgeous
views on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Plus, check out a unique hotel
like The Monkey Tree Hotel
in North Palm Springs, which has
hosted celebrities like the Beatles and Lucille Ball.

Travel to Panama City in Panama for total paradise.

Panama City offers so many
attractions to check out, as well as beautifully warm weather.
You’ll probably want to get a glimpse of the Panama Canal, but
you can also explore Casco
Viejo, a UNESCO protected district of colonial houses,
restaurants, and coffee shops; Soberania National Park, which
will give you a jungle experience; and Panama Viejo, a UNESCO
heritage site that is all that remains of the original city of
Panama.

Visit the Caribbean waters in Anguilla.

There are so many island options
when it comes to the Caribbean, but Anguilla features white sand
beaches, ridiculously blue waters, and plenty of things to
do.

It’s also very relaxed and
private, so it’s a perfect escape if you really want to get away
from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Take a boat ride to

Sandy Island to enjoy crayfish and relax on the beach or sail
to Little Bay for peace and quiet. You can even visit nearby St.
Maarten.

Explore the Golden Isles in Georgia.

Georgia offers gorgeous coastal
cities and beaches to explore and the Golden Isles are worth
mentioning. They’re comprised of the islands of St. Simons, Little St. Simons,
Jekyll, and Sea Island and you can check them all out by
highway or boat. Visit historical
monuments, hang at the beach, and the see the gorgeous
sites.

Head over to Santorini, Greece during a less crowded season.

Santorini tends to be more
crowded during the summer, but it gets much
quieter in the winter months and it’s still a paradise to
explore.

Visit the city of
Akrotiri, which was buried by a volcanic eruption centuries
ago, or hike
from Fira to Oia to really get some gorgeous views.
Definitely make time to see a Greek sunset, and of course, eat
all of the tasty Greek food you’d like.

Do something different in Grand Isle in Louisiana.

Instead of visiting the popular
travel destination New Orleans, check out Grand Isle, which is
a barrier island off
of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. The temperatures are warm enough
to hang in the sun and it’s considerably less crowded than it is
during the summer. You can fish at Grand Isle State Park or head
to the beach to relax.

There’s plenty of fresh fish and
food to enjoy and you can even take a
two-hour road trip to New Orleans if you’d like to do some
more exploring.

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