There are so many magical, beautiful things to love about DC in the winter. From the gorgeous views of the Jefferson Memorial behind snow-dipped cherry trees to the Fire & Ice festival at the Wharf, and everything in between.
Of course, if all the snow and ice is a bit much for you, then you can join the thousands of Washingtonians who escape the district during the icy cold winter months. Here are 5 unexpected gems to call home for the winter.
St Mary’s, GA: The southernmost tip of Georgia, St. Mary’s is the perfect escape from a DC winter. Not only is the January high around 63 degrees, but you can enjoy that (relative) sunshine while eating too many crab legs and watching boats arrive in the seaside marinas. Aka, literal heaven.
Bottom Line: If fresh crabs and seaside living rock your boat, head to St. Mary’s.
Hawaii: January and February are some of the best times to visit the state. Everything is more affordable, the weather is mild, and February is the best month to see humpback whales in migration (if you’re into that). To choose the right island for you, consider whether you want crowds or quiet and what kinds of activities you want easy access to.
Bottom Line: Hawaii is the perfect spot if you don’t want to choose between beaches, mountains, and whale watching.
Miami, FL: Nothing says, “I don’t do snow” quite like watching bright coral reefs pass by under glass-bottomed boats. With an average high of 73 degrees in January, you can even bust out your shorts and flip-flops.
Bottom Line: It’s never winter in Miami. If you’re looking for fun in the sun for young people and couples, this is the snowbird destination for you.
Charleston, SC: Less than a two-hour flight from DCA, Charleston is the perfect alternative to Florida for snowbirds who want to dive into culture. With eleven theaters and an abundance of fine dining, you’ll have something waiting for you every morning you step outside – into 55-degree weather. Plus, Charleston is relatively affordable, so you won’t break the bank.
Bottom Line: Head to Charleston if you love historical architecture, live theater, and good food.
Nassau, Bahamas: In less than 3 hours, you could be parasailing over crystal clear, sparkling blue water. Parasailing not your thing? Rent a jetski, hit an indoor/outdoor club for some dancing, or literally do nothing but lay in the warm sand.
Bottom Line: Stop reading this and book your trip already. You could be in the Bahamas!
Whether your idea of the perfect winter getaway involves shopping, beach-lounging, clubbing, or culture, there’s a snowbird destination with your name on it. Just remember to head home by March, because it would be a shame to miss DC in the spring.
Nicole Hunt is a copywriter and marketer based in DC. When she’s not helping local businesses thrive online, she’s probably in a kayak. Follow her on IG @dcnicole_marie or LinkedIn @dcnicolemarie.