January is a great time to get away from those Winter Blues. While snuggling up with hot cocoa and a warm blanket in your favorite winter sweater may be nice for a bit, it can get old, and you may just want to relive your Summer nights. There are some great beaches and warm cities to visit in January across the United States. One of the best perks about traveling in January is the airfare and accommodations are going to be less money and the crowds are few. Here we will talk about 7 warm places across the United States that are great for a small beach vacation in the middle of Winter.
California not only has some great beach destinations, but they also have some amazing big cities that make it one of the best places to escape the winter weather.
1. San Diego
San Diego’s average high in January is around 65°F with quite a bit of sun. San Diego is known for their beaches and surfing. Coronado Beach is beautiful, but if you wanted more of an escape to nature, you could head over to Torrey Pines Reserve.
2. Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, in South California, can be a fun place for the artistic crowd. With over seven miles of coastline, it can also be great for the ocean lover. While the beaches are crowded in the summer, they are peacefully crowd-free in the colder months. Visit 1,000 Steps Beach, where the views are breathtaking with the yellow cliffs and multi-millionaire houses. If you want more of a relaxing time, head on over to Laguna Canyon Winery, where you can sample some of their award-winning wines. Laguna Beach is also a short car ride from Los Angeles, so you can see some of the fun attractions that city has to offer as well.
San Francisco can be a bit cooler than other cities in southern California but can still be a great place to escape winter. The average high in January for San Fran is 57°F, which might be a bit too cold to hop in the water but is perfect weather for exploring the city by foot or bike. Visitors can cross the Golden Gate Bridge, attend a festival, or seek out one of the amazing bike tours.
4. Palm Springs
Palm Springs California is not exactly by the water, but with the average temperature in January being 71°F, it is a perfect location to soak up some sun. It is also just a short drive from San Diego or Los Angeles. Situated in the Sonoran Desert, this oasis has a ton to offer. Visitors can enjoy a walking tour and see where the Rat Pack partied, relax at a luxurious spa, or go shopping for vintage finds. Joshua Tree National Park is also a quick day trip for those wanting to be more at one with nature.
No matter what island you decide to visit, Hawaii has some amazing beaches to explore and beautiful weather to soak up in the month of January.
With the average high in January being 80°F, Honolulu is one of the many Hawaiian Islands that is perfect for a January escape. Honolulu has a little for everyone from the beach bum to the shopper, and from the history buff to the adventure-seeker. Some of the top attractions include Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head State Monument.
Maui, the second largest island in Hawaii, sees beautiful weather year-round. If visiting in winter, you are going to want to stay on the southern part of the island, which receives less rain then the northern parts. Hikers will love Haleakala National Park, which is almost like a whole new world, and adventure seekers will love Molokini Crater, a great place for snorkeling.
3. Big Island
Big Island offers everything from breathtaking hikes to jaw-dropping beaches. For the adventure-seeker, Big Island is teeming with hiking trails leading to waterfalls, lava rocks, and colorful shores. For those wanting a unique beach experience, head over to Papakolea Beach, which has beautiful green sand due to the mineral olivine, or Punalu’u Beach, which has black sand due to basalt. Make sure you pack your raincoat though, as January is the beginning of Hawaii’s rainy season, so you may have a few days of overcast. Kailua-Kona, on the west side of the Big Island, has an average high of 81°F, and usually only gets about two days of rain in the month of January, so could be a great place to explore.
While not every city on our Texas list is close to the beach, they all have water to enjoy and the warm weather you will be seeking in January.
Galveston is the perfect South Texas city that offers both warm weather and sandy beaches. Travelers can enjoy East Beach, which is normally crowded during Spring Break, or can explore West Beach or Galveston Island State Park. Visitors can scroll down the less crowded beaches and seek out seashells or just relax in the sun with your toes in the sand. For those that want fun in the sun with a little less sand can head over to Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Indoor Waterpark, which includes water slides, pools, and fun for both adults and kids. After a long day in the sun and water, the historic Strand district has great restaurants and shopping.
Austin’s January high isn’t the warmest at 62°F but is perfect for walking around the city and exploring all the fun Austin has to offer. The weather is perfect for exploring Austin’s music scene, quirky shops, unique cafes, and award-winning restaurants. If you really are itching to get in water, head on over to Barton Springs pool, which average temperature is 68°F to 70°F.
While summers can be a bit too hot in Florida, the winter months are the perfect time to escape to the state. The weather is usually perfect for relaxing by the water.
Miami Beach has so much to offer anyone, and with the January weather averaging 73°F, this is the perfect winter vacation spot. During the day tourists can enjoy the white sand beaches and beautiful blue water, and at night dance the night away at Miami’s numerous clubs or eat at one of Miami’s award-winning restaurants.
2. Sanibel Island
There are so many beaches to choose from on Sanibel Island. Many visitors enjoy Bowman’s Beach, Lighthouse Beach, or Blind Pass Beach, all of which have crystal blue water and white sandy beaches. Those who seek adventure can take the many different kayak tours or choose one of the many other water sports.
One doesn’t usually think of Louisiana when they think of fun in the sun, but it surprisingly has some nice places to visit close to water.
1. Grand Isle
Grand Isle is the perfect destination in the winter to escape the normal summer crowds. This barrier island remains warm year-round, which allows visitors to soak up the sun even in the middle of January. Those who enjoy fishing will enjoy a boat trip to catch one of the 280 species of fish that surround the waters, while others can enjoy the calm watered beaches. For those seeking day trips, New Orleans is only a two-hour car ride.
Georgia is another state that many don’t think about for beaches, but this state includes Georgia’s Golden Isles, a collection of barrier islands just off the coast.
1. St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island is one of four islands that make the Golden Isles. Visitors love the white sand beaches, moss covered oak trees, historic landmarks, and the golf courses. Enjoy a bike ride around the island viewing the beaches, the lighthouse, and historical churches from the 1800s.
While Puerto Rico may seem like another country to some, it is a territory of the United States, and therefore does not require a passport to visit.
1. San Juan
San Juan not only has amazing weather year-round, but it also has a long history and beautiful beaches. It truly has something for everyone. Visitors can soak their feet in the white sandy beaches in the morning, walk through the cobblestone roads of Old Town, and dine at one of the 4,000 restaurants at night. Those into history can also enjoy the 16th century fort of Fuerte San Felipe del Morro. There truly is something for everyone in San Juan, and the month of January is a great time to go explore the island.