Planning a beach vacation in winter is not as difficult as it may seem. There are plenty of wonderful beaches in the United States that are great for winter travelers. In fact, there are so many we are breaking the beaches down by region, East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast.
This week, let's focus in on the East Coast. These beaches may not all be warm enough to swim in, but they pack a lot of fun for your winter beach vacation regardless.
This popular beach does not shut down in winter. In fact, there is so much to do in the winter, you may like it even more than summer!
Summers in Miami can be brutal, but the refreshing fall and winter air are delightful. With highs in the upper 80s and lows in the 70s September through November, then upper 70s and lows in the 60s December through February, it is cool but still delightful! The water temperature stays in the 70s throughout fall and winter making it one of the warmest oceans on the Atlantic Coast.
Because the temperatures are mild, there is no reason not to spend a bit of time on the beach. From surfing to swimming, the beaches are still a wonderful destination during the winter.
In addition to the beautiful white sand beaches, winter in Miami boasts many other attractions and fun for all ages.
If nature is your thing, take a hike through the Everglades at Everglades National Park.
See the beauty of Miami from the water. Rent a boat or take a boat tour. With many destinations nearby that are only accessible by boat, this is a great way to really experience the city. Chartering a fishing boat is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day on the water as well. With tuna, grouper, marlin and more, there's a fun fishing adventure for everyone.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
A bit further North and quite a bit cooler is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is a spring break and summer hot spot, but when winter rolls around it clears out and allows you to enjoy the sites without the crowds. The average temperature in Myrtle Beach is 55 degrees so you will definitely need to bring warm clothes, but the beauty of Myrtle Beach is gorgeous anytime of year.
While you may not want to wear your swimsuit, don't let the cooler temperatures keep you away from the beach. Myrtle Beach boasts one of the neatest boardwalks in the United States. With restaurants, shops and more, there is fun to be had on a nice stroll.
Due to the high amount of tourism during other times of year, Myrtle Beach offers many activities that aren't just for the warmer months. From museums to alligator adventures, you are sure to find an activity you will enjoy.
It may be cool, but the golf courses in the area are beautiful and a perfect way to spend a day. With over 100 golf courses, you are sure to find one that suits you best.
Fishing and boat charters are also a great opportunity to enjoy your day in Myrtle Beach area. Day trips or half day excursions let you enjoy the sites from the water.
Cool days and plenty of activities make Myrtle Beach a great winter beach destination.
The Florida Keys
Year round warm temperatures make the Florida Keys a great vacation spot year round. Winter allows for less crowds with the same amount of fun, making it a great winter beach vacation spot.
Put on your scuba gear and take in one of the most popular destinations in Key Largo, John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park. With most of the park underwater, this is a unique park you do not want to miss.
Travel a little further south and you will encounter Islamorada. A beautiful island where kayaking and paddle boats are a great way to enjoy a day.
If looking and learning about the abundant wildlife of the area is your type of encounter, you will love visiting Marathon Island. The Dolphin Research Center allows you to swim with dolphins and learn more about their native habitat. Also on Marathon is the Turtle Hospital that brings you up close and personal with the the native turtles of the area.
The lower keys offer beautiful beaches and great fishing opportunities. Make a stop at the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary for a great to view ocean life and shipwrecks up close.
Last stop in the Florida Keys is Key West. This eccentric island is a hot spot for nightlife and old world charm.
Whatever island you choose, the water and temperatures will be the warm enough for all of your outdoor (and indoor) activities.
Palm Beach, Florida
Average temperatures in the 70s makes Palm Beach, Florida a great destination year round.
The beautiful beaches of Palm Beach are enjoyed year round with wonderful snorkeling and opportunities for sunbathing, boating or just relaxing on the sand.
A trip to Lion Country Safari will give you a zoo experience to remember all from the seat of your car. Named one of the world's best zoos, Lion Country Safari is a great way to spend the day.
Spend a day walking or riding the Palm Beach Lake Trail to take in the beautiful views of the ocean and urban city center.
A stroll through downtown allows for the opportunity to view creative art. Wall murals are painted throughout the area and are a great way to experience a bit of culture and art.
Whatever your preference, Palm Beach is a great destination in the winter.
Don't let the winter blues take over, plan to spend some time soaking up the sunshine and beach this winter! No matter your destination, the East Coast definitely boasts some beautiful winter getaways.