When you need a break from the dark and cold winter, you need a beach vacation. February is the best time to get away and there are great beaches resorts around the world to choose from. If you're looking for a sunny, sandy beach and crystal clear blue waters, you have a lot to choose from. Whether you want to laze on the beach all day or party during carnival season, you can find the perfect place to break up the monotony of winter.
Hawaii is beautiful year round, so you can't go wrong taking a break on the island of Maui in February. The island's sandy beaches and magnificent surf are the best spot to relax and play. Maui has plenty of luxury resorts to choose from. When you're not enjoying the sand and water, you can play around of golf at one of the island's great courses or take the drive to Hana. Along the way you'll see beautiful black sand coves, waterfalls and forests. In the evening you can dine at one of the island's many fine restaurants or let your hair down in bars or clubs.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
When the Caribbean is beckoning you from your winter hibernation, Aruba has everything you could wish. It's almost always sunny in Aruba. Eagle Beach is one of twenty beaches on Aruba, and it's one of the best in the world. The sand is white and powdery and leads to the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. There are several great resorts to stay at and fine restaurants to choose. When you're not relaxing at the beach, you can hike the island's northern coast, go horseback riding or take an ATV tour.
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Queensland's Sunshine Coast is laid back and has amazing beaches. Since the late nineteenth century the shire of Noosa has attracted tourists. Today Noosa is a chic beach village with quaint boutique shopping and trendy cafes. Protected by a reef, Noosa's main beach has calm and gentle waters. There are also several bays that are popular with surfers. Despite its popularity with tourists, Noosa has been preserved for its chic charm. Noosa's National Park has a large population of koalas and hosts the community's events.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic resort town of Punta Cana is filled with all inclusive resorts making it a great beach getaway. The beaches are pristine. Punta Cana has many ecologically sound lagoons to explore and several professionally designed golf courses to play. If you're looking for water sports, Punta Cana has sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and sports fishing. The town has music and cultural performances. You can also enjoy a sunset cruise in Punta Cana's seas. Nightlife is always fun in Punta Cana with dining, clubbing and casinos.
The Maldives has become a popular tourist spot and is a great place to relax in the middle of winter. There are over 1,000 islands in the Maldives which rests in the Arabian Sea in the Indian Ocean. Many of the Maldives resorts feature private villas that sit above the waters. Some have private pools and decks. The beaches of the Maldives islands are beautiful. When you're not relaxing on the beach, you may wish to snorkel or dive among the many coral reefs. You can also take a sailing or a fishing trip.
Tulum, Mexico has everything you'd ever want in a beach vacation in February. It's the perfect spot to go to break up the monotony of winter. The boho chic beach town has miles of white beaches and beautiful blue waters. When your not sipping margaritas at the beach or by the pool of your resort, you can explore Mayan ruins. The evenings come alive in Tulum with the hottest restaurants, bars and clubs.
Koh Lanta, Thailand
One of Thailand's best kept secrets is the island of Koh Lanta. Thailand has many island retreats but Koh Lanta stands out with its calm surf and dive sites. There are several luxury resorts and spas as well as family friendy hotels. When your not enjoying the surf and sand, you can visit Old Town. February in Koh Lanta is beautiful with 80 degree temperatures.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If you want to experience carnival season there's no better place in the world than Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is home to the biggest carnivals in the world. When you're not out partying during carnival, you can enjoy one of Rio's 50 miles of beach which includes Ipanema Beach, Prainha Beach, Joatinga Beach,Leme Beach, Barra da Tijuca Beach and Arpoador Beach. You can also explore the rainforest and mountains of Rio. Rio de Janeiro has many world class hotels and resorts to choose from.
Musandam is called "the Norway of Arabia" with its clear waters, fjords and mountains. The peninsula city in the northernmost part of Oman is a secret pleasure. The city has it all including deserts, mountains, and of course, beaches. Mountains rise from the beaches to create a beautiful and majestic atmosphere. Aside from laying on the beaches and exploring the city, you can take a breathtaking cruise through the fjords, take a dolphin cruise, fishing trip, snorkel or much more.
Corn Islands, Nicaragua
The Corn Islands consist of 2 islands off the coast of Nicaragua nestled in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Big Corn Island is just 3.9 square miles and Little Corn Island is just 1.1 square miles. The islands are not easy to get to but can be reached by plane or cargo ship. They're secluded and a best kept secret of Nicaragua. If you're looking for a relaxing beach vacation where all you have to do is enjoy snorkeling along the coral reefs or laying on the beaches, Corn Islands are the perfect place to get away from the hustle of life.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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