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Ideas For Warm Winter Vacations

Regardless of where you live within the US, most kids get some sort of winter break in the early part of the year. My kids get both a February and April vacation, which is a great way to escape our winter weather with a warm winter vacation. Some kids also get a longer break around the holidays.

If you are looking to escape the cold this upcoming season, here are some ideas for warm weather vacations. Each link leads to a warm weather family vacations post written by another family travel blogger or by us, so you’ll get lots of great information that you’ll need before planning your trip.

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Tips and Ideas for Warm Winter Vacations

Warm Weather Vacations in Florida

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Florida is filled with wonderful vacation destinations for families, and offers things like warm winter weather, scuba diving, palm trees, and lots of water sports. If you live on the East Coast, it can be very easy to get to Florida.

Not all of Florida is hot during the winter, but late February and March can definitely be warm. For the warmest weather and water, head south. For instance, Captiva, Sanibel, and Marco Islands are all kid-friendly, as are the Florida Keys, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale.

If you want to do water sports or enjoy swimming in the water, definitely look at the weather averages before planning a trip during the winter.

We’ve been to Clearwater Beach in February during our kids winter vacation, and while it wasn’t very hot, it was still so much warmer than the weather in the Northeast. The white sand beaches along the Gulf Coast are fabulous vacation destinations for kids.

Check out these posts below for some of the best warm winter vacations for families in Florida.

Kid-Friendly North Captiva Island

Siesta Key, Florida

Shells, Serenity, and Sanctuary on Sanibel Island

Family Fun in the Florida Keys

Marco Beach Ocean Resort Review

Key West Family Vacation

Things to Do in Clearwater FL with Kids

Things to Do in Sarasota with Kids

A Review of the JW Marriott Turnberry Miami Resort

Phoenix, Arizona

hot air balloon phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona is a nice warm spot to escape the cold. It’s a great destination for a March warm weather vacation, because you can enjoy spring training with the Cactus League. We’ve been to the greater Phoenix area several times and have enjoyed each visit.

The one thing Phoenix doesn’t have is beaches. Many of the resorts have gorgeous pools, but if you want to dip your toes in the ocean, you’ll want to visit elsewhere.

Family Things to Do in Chandler, Arizona

Family Things to Do in Tempe, Arizona

5 Tips to Enjoy Spring Training in Phoenix

California Family Vacations

The Sheraton San Diego
The Sheraton San Diego

Last year, we visited San Diego, California during winter break. The weather wasn’t hot, but we were still able to wear shorts and capris. Here are some posts to help you plan your winter warm family vacation in San Diego.

Things to Do in San Diego with Kids

Tips for Visiting the San Diego Zoo

Bahia Resort Hotel San Diego

If you’d like to visit a theme park during your California family vacation, you may consider flying into Los Angeles, and visiting Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Hollywood.

San Antonio River Walk


Like Florida, Texas isn’t necessarily hot in the winter. But it’s usually warmer than the Northeast, so it can be a nice escape from the cold. Texas is filled with several great family vacation destinations, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin.

Why Texas Should Be Your Winter Getaway Spot

Visiting the San Antonio Riverwalk

Things to Do in San Antonio With Kids

Puerto Rico Vacation Ideas

Several years ago, we visited Puerto Rico over February vacation. It’s such a great spot for a warm winter vacation, but it’s not too far away, and you won’t need a US passport if flying from the US. We were able to fly direct from Boston, and it was so convenient.

Snorkeling and Ziplining in Puerto Rico

Aliens, Bats, and Caves

10 Best Things to Do With Kids in Puerto Rico 

Review of the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico


Hawaii Pool Front

To paraphrase a famous saying, Hawaii is always a good idea. There are so many different things to see and do – so make sure you do your research in advance. From the east coast, it’s a long flight, so you may want to stay for a while to justify the length of the flight.

Family Vacation in Hawaii: Affordable Ideas on The Big Island

Kauai With Kids: Family-Friendly Hotels

Christmas in Kauai

North shore of Kauai with Babies and Toddlers

Things to do in Kauai

Christmas in Maui

Stix at the West Bay Club

The Caribbean

I always love traveling to the Caribbean. Each island so different, with so many choices for activities, lodging, and dining. From Boston, it can be pretty convenient to get there too, with plenty of direct flights.

This past winter, we visited Beaches Turks and Caicos, an all-inclusive resort with lots of delicious restaurants, a water park, gorgeous turquoise water, and many activities. It was one of our favorite vacations.

Here are a few options. Keep in mind that the winter months are peak season, so prices may be a bit higher.

Atlantic Ocean Beach Villas in Turks and Caicos

Things to Do in Turks & Caicos With Kids

The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos

10 Reasons to Consider a Family Vacation to Beaches

Atlantis Bahamas Resort With Kids

Jamaican Adventures With Kids

St. John USVI

Taking a Family Cruise

Disney Fantasy Satellite Falls

I’m a huge fan of cruising, and there are a lot of ships, routes, and ports. If you are looking for warm weather, you’ll probably want to take a cruise to the Caribbean.

Here are a few options.

Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Itinerary

Norwegian Escape

Cruise to the Panama Canal

Comparing the Disney Cruise Ships

Tips for Traveling on the Disney Cruise Line

Other Ideas for Warm Winter Vacations

Here are a few other locations that may be perfect for your winter family getaway.

Bora Bora (Look at these photos and you’ll be on the next flight)

Cancun, Mexico With Kids (visit the Mayan Ruins while you are there)

Rosewood Mayakoba 

Beyond the Resorts & Beaches…Experiencing The Real Cancun

Los Cabos, Mexico 

Snorkeling with Sharks and Stingrays in Moorea

Paradise Found at South Sea Island Fiji

Mother Nature Calls in Costa Rica

Do your kids get a winter vacation?

Options for warm winter vacations if you are looking to escape the cold winter on your next family vacation.
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Harmony, Momma To Go

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Love this! Heading to sw Florida this winter so will check out those posts

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