The weather might have you blue– but not as blue as the water in these tropical destinations. Escape cold weather and go where you don’t have to scrape ice off a car or huddle around a coffee cup to stay warm. On these slices of paradise, you can comfortably lay out and unwind.

Grand Cayman

The temperatures are in the 80s year-round on this island in the Caribbean and the water is some of the most beautiful in the world. Visit the famed Seven-Mile Beach, snorkel amongst colorful wildlife and indulge in the flavors of the Caribbean. If you can pry yourself away from the beach, George Town is full of architectural gems, quaint eateries and rum distillery tours.

Punta Gorda, Belize

If you’re really looking to get away, this tiny town is the place. Located right on the coast of southern Belize, Punta Gorda doesn’t have massive beach-side resorts and manufactured touristy attractions. It’s a great launch-point for explorations of Maya villages and culture. Best of all, you don’t have to fight crowds for a spot on the beach.

St. Martin/St. Maarten

This half Dutch, half French island has become a culinary powerhouse. Of course there are the white sand beaches, rich blue waters and swaying palm trees. Off the water there is a surprising amount of activities including locally guided walks and horse rides, biking trails and explorations of the architecture and history.

The Bahamas

There’s no arguing with the official slogan: “It’s Better in the Bahamas.” Comprised of 700 islands with thousands of rocks and cays to explore, the Bahamas is an ecological oasis. The islands harbor colorful wildlife. And of course, the islands are known as a romantic getaway with top-notch nightlife. But you don’t need to be on your honeymoon to fall in love with this island escape.

Oahu, Hawaii

For some of us, just the idea of sitting on beach makes us stir crazy. If you need a tropical escape with plenty to do, Hawaii is your ticket. Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian island and is home to the largest population. It’s known for incredible waves and an intense surf culture. Discover the burgeoning craft beer scene, the lively night-life and near-endless list of things to do.

Golden Isles, Georgia

This destination isn’t technically tropical, but it makes the list for its southern charm, rich culture and culinary prowess. The Golden Isles is full of places to explore. Head to Jekyll Island where limited development initiatives preserve critical barrier island ecosystems. Relax on St. Simons Island where the Marshes of Glynn are picture-perfect or enjoy the history and culture of the mainland in the port city of Brunswick.

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