Where to Hit the Beach This Winter

Our top 5 Luxe Beach Escapes

With a polar vortex carrying record-breaking freezing temperatures across the country, a beach escape has never seemed so necessary.

There’s no better time to run for the sun, be it for whale watching season in Los Cabos, absolutely perfect temperatures on Hawaii’s Big Island, or endless sunshine on your own private island in the Bahamas.


Below, the best beaches for winter weather warming.

Playa El Médano | Cabo San Lucas

Along Médano Beach’s two-mile-long expanse are authentic restaurants, vibrant bars, and endless water activities that render this beach the center of Cabo’s social life. You’ll find calm, crystal clear waters, every water sport imaginable, and incredible views of the Land’s End famous arch.

Makalawena Beach | Kona

 A picturesque bay carved out of the Kona coast is well worth the hike to its pristine waters. Palm trees cast shade over powder-like sands untouched by the usual island crowds. Just behind the beach is the ʻŌpaeʻula Pond, one of the last standing nesting grounds for various endangered species of Hawaiian birds.

St. Jean Beach | St. Barts

Find yourself on the island’s most captivating beach, an azure coastline resembling the French Riviera. St. Jean’s lively atmosphere makes for a popular beach-front hotspot, especially with neighboring iconic hangouts like Nikki Beach, Eden Rock and La Plage. It’s a go-to destination for visitors seeking the quintessential St. Barts beach experience.

Royal Island Beach | Royal Island

Indulge in a truly private beach just steps from the island’s picturesque villas. Scattered palm trees dotted along white sand are yours and yours alone, save for a handful of sea turtles and colorful marine life exploring the gin-clear waters. Gentle waves lap along the shores, an idyllic playground for paddle boards and kayaks.

Playa Palmilla | San Jose Del Cabo

The protected cove and habitually calm waters make Palmilla Beach an all-time Cuvée favorite. Enjoy a scenic walk along the mile-long stretch of pristine beach lined with luxury oceanfront villas and views of the world-renowned Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. During whale watching season these warm waters are known as the most biologically rich waters for marine wildlife in the world.