The holidays will be over before you know it, and many of you will need a vacation from all the parties you went to. As the nights keep getting colder and the snow keeps getting higher, a tropical escape is just what you need. While the winter is harsh here, that gives you all the reason splurge on an unforgettable vacation. Here are our eight best places to visit in January across the world!

Travel To These 8 Beautiful World Destinations This January

1. Curacao

Just off the Venezuelan coast, this southern caribbean island of Curacao is the one of best destinations to escape the winter blues. With very limited rain and an average temperature of 77 degrees fahrenheit, you can find famous coral reefs for snorkeling, and small beaches with calm waters. This is a great place to visit for those of you who like less populated areas. Although it’s not a popular time for tourists to visit, it’s the perfect getaway for those who prefer low key and relaxing vacations.

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2. The Gold Coast - Australia

Why not bring in the new year on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Sydney throws one of the best New Year’s Eve parties you can ever imagine. January is the best time to go not only because there are no more crowds, but also because it’s their summer! It’s not too hot, and definitely not cold. Go explore the Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay, or the Whitsundays. You can travel up and down the Eastern coast to experience other beaches. Since it’s also their summer, you can travel to the West coast to see a whole different terrain of Australia.

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3. South Africa

So many reasons to travel here during the winter. One of the most important, the wine is at its high season! With their great beaches, wildlife, lodges, and food. South Africa has it all. The West Cape is really popular because English is the common language and it’s one of the safest cities in South Africa. Make sure to visit the famous city of Cape Town. Check out this South African road trip itinerary to see some of the most beautiful scenery and towns.

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For something more local, Arizona has the best winters around. Known for their gorgeous golf courses, extreme spas, and the hot desert sun, Scottsdale has everything you dreamed of. One of the most affordable places to visit in the USA, you can even venture off to Phoenix, Sedona, and Flagstaff. Imagine eating outside in the middle of January and relaxing poolside with that cold drink in your hand. Aside from the great weather, Arizona has beautiful hikes and great sunsets.

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5. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Considered the United States, San Juan has all your tropical needs for less money and less stress. US citizens don’t need a passport to visit Puerto Rico. The beaches are beautiful, and the food is even better. They also have great rainforests and several famous waterfalls. Also checkout their bioluminescent bays, it’s incredible! The ocean lights up neon blue at night. It’s a great spot for kayaking and perfect for a romantic night swim.

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6. Phuket, Thailand

Aside from their beautiful beaches, Thailand offers several adventurous excursions to get your mind off the winter blues. Events like limestone cliff tours, great night life on Patong’s Bangla Road, visiting the famous Big Buddha, and kayak tours through dark caves. Again, on this side of the globe it’s their summer, so the weather will be perfect.

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7. Cancun, Mexico

Although one of the most popular places to visit during January, you can’t beat a getaway to Mexico. Crowds will be larger than normal and plane tickets will be a little more expensive, but the beer and tacos will make up for all of that. With the average temperature of 82 degrees fahrenheit, Cancun will give you a lot of vitamin C. The beaches are full of aquatic events like paddle boarding, scuba diving, and parasailing.

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8. Recife, Brazil

Although tropical rainfalls will most likely happen that isn't a reason not to go to Brazil. During January temperatures are very high, and drinks a super cold. It’s best to avoid Rio at this time, but the south of Brazil is bumping with great culture and scenery. This is more for those who like a historic vacation, because it’s very rich in that area. From churches to castels the experience will be epic.

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This article was written by Kevin Burrows.