Baby it’s cold outside! Musement takes a look at five destinations where you can escape the winter chill and get your daily dose of vitamin D the natural way.
Has the winter cold gotten under your skin? It’s under ours, and all we can think about is picking up and escaping to a warm locale–even if it’s for just a few days so we don’t have to bundle up every time we step outside. In honor of the sunshine, here are five destinations where you can escape the cold this winter.
Miami is the perfect place to beat the cold this winter, whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or a long, relaxing vacation. From bustling South Beach to energetic Little Havana to the stylish Art Deco district, this ocean-side city on the southern tip of Florida has plenty to see and do. Venture out to the Everglades, take a day trip to the Bahamas, sneak off to Key West for a couple of nights, or just stay local and enjoy the city’s museums, galleries, shops, and delicious eats.
It always feels like summer in Dubai and this contemporary metropolis is just waiting to be explored. Visit the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, shop in one of the fantastic malls, embark on a desert safari, or visit the Museum of Illusions, one of the Dubai’s exciting new additions. But Dubai isn’t just all new…head to the Dubai Creek and browse the souks where you can get a feel for the life in the emirate during its fishing days of yore. When you’re in town, carve out some time to visit Abu Dhabi where you can explore the treasures at the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. And if you start to miss the cold, you can always check out Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor ski area.
3. Cape Town
Its summer during our winter in Cape Town, a culture-rich metropolis with edgy art galleries and design-centric shops complete with some of the most stunning natural landscapes at its doorstep. See the penguins at Boulders Beach, stroll the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, and sign up for one of the former-inmate-led tours of Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Enjoy the flourishing gastronomy, craft beer and local wine scenes. And most importantly, take the cable car up to Table Mountain, one of the world’s most popular peaks.
Winter is the best time to visit lively Marrakech as the temperature can reach sweltering highs during the summer. Take a walk around the medina, visit the souks and haggle with the vendors, explore the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, the exquisite Majorelle Gardens, and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Also, don’t forget to sip some Moroccan mint tea and savor plenty of Moroccan deliciousness.deliciousness. While there, go on a desert safari to ride quad bikes and/or a camel. There are plenty of places to see outside the city like Ouzoud Falls, Essaouira (where you can get a Game of Thrones fix), and Imlil Mount Toubkal, to name a few, so take care to leave room for a day trip (or two!).
5. Kuala Lumpur
With such close proximity to the equator, Kuala Lumpur boasts an ideal climate year-round. Yes, it can get hot and humid, but winter is one of the best seasons to explore the Malaysian capital. Although it’s perhaps best known for the César-Pelli-designed Petronas Twin Towers, which are indeed incredible, Kuala Lumpur boasts a myriad of cultural offerings: religious sites, charming food and craft markets and locales that are imprints of the city’s centuries-old history, such as the Batu Caves. While in town, you can take a day trip to gorgeous destinations like Ipoh, Malacca and an elephant sanctuary.