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Frost-free Fun in the Sun: Warm Winter Getaways for the Gays

Travel Tips | Jim Werner | January 20, 2024

Winter can be a dreary time for many of us. Just this past week, a massive swath of the US, including areas to the south and east, continue facing the onslaught of a brutal and prolonged arctic blast. And dangerous cold, snow, ice and strong winds continue to slam parts of the most populated centers (and busiest airports) of the northeast. As the days get colder, it’s easy to feel gloomy and cooped up inside. But fear not! There is a world of warm winter getaway destinations waiting for you to escape the blues.

And for the gay community, these getaways offer not just sunshine, but also welcoming and inclusive communities where you can relax, have fun and be yourself.

We know there’s no guarantee of how Mother Nature will act each winter, so that’s why we’ve put together a list of places that benefit from some of the most perfect weather year-round. Get ready to bust out your Speedo and flex that credit card, because it’s time to soak up the sun in these five incredible destinations.

Top 5 Sun-Kissed Destinations for a Gay-Friendly Winter Escape

Palm Springs: Soak up retro style and scenic trails in California’s desert oasis

This desert paradise nestled in sunny California, is like a winter wonderland. Picture this: from January to March, you get to bask in the glorious warmth of mid-to-high 60 degrees F. It’s the perfect temperature to soak up all the outdoor fun this city has to offer.

San Juan: Salsa till sunrise with new friends

No need to wait in immigration lines, because this island doesn’t require a passport for US citizens. While some regions in Puerto Rico experience chilly conditions, San Juan enjoys a warm, tropical climate all year round. Typically, winter temperatures range from the mid-70s to the mid-80s degrees F, making it an ideal spot for sun-seekers to escape the biting cold of the US mainland.

San Diego: Hike, bike, and brew your way around sunny SD

This Californian city has great weather throughout the winter. Even as the calendar flips from month to month, temperatures range from mid-60s to mid-70s degrees F, with an average 41 days per year of rain. Yeah, sounds good to us.

Key West: Snorkel, kayak or stroll down Duval Street in this Southernmost city

Despite being a small island at the tip of Florida, Key West packs in big fun. Its location in the Gulf of Mexico means that it has more consistent warm weather during winter compared to other parts of Florida. On average, temperatures range in the mid-70’s degrees F, making it an ideal destination for those seeking sunshine and adventure.

Maui: Experience paradise in Hawaii with surfing and sunbathing

Lush green mountains, crystal clear waters, and warm temperatures all year round — that’s what Maui has to offer. Winter months bring average highs in the mid-80s degrees F, making it perfect for surfing on some of the best waves in the world or simply lounging on one of its many pristine beaches.

So, there you have it — the alluring weather of warm winter getaway destinations. As we’re in the middle of this dreary winter season, it’s time to start planning your next sun-filled vacation. Whether you’re looking for a solo trip or a fun getaway with friends, these 5 warm winter getaway destinations offer something for everyone.

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