When most of the US is stuck in winter's icy grip, it’s a relief to know there's somewhere warm and breezy to escape to. Our guide to the top warm-weather getaways—from our 80 Degrees beach-finder tool—will help you find the perfect beach based on your interests. In no time at all, you'll be ready to head off to where beaches, warm waters, and outdoor adventures await. Be sure to pack your swimsuit and suntan lotion, and leave the coat, turtlenecks, and gloves at home.
The Florida KeysWhy Go: The archipelago stretching off southern Florida is made up of 1,700 islands; when narrowing down which to visit, put Key Largo on the list so you can visit the only living coral reef off the mainland US. Key West is another must: there’s always something going on at Smathers Beach, from Jet Skiing to volleyball tournaments.
Where to Stay: Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa offers luxurious castaway isolation. The quaint Marquesa Hotel, on the other hand, is set in Key West’s lovely historic district.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Florida Keys Guide
St. Martin and St. Maarten
Why Go: It’s like visiting two countries in one on this sun-soaked, half-French and half-Dutch island. Thirty-seven beaches include Cupecoy and its dramatic sunsets; the windsurfing-friendly Orient Bay; and surfer spot Mullet Bay, where the beach scene is refreshingly tranquil. The Gallic influence on the cuisine in the gourmet hub of Grand Case makes the restaurant scene one of the best in the Caribbean, with Creole fish shacks, high-end French spots, and everything in between.
Where to Stay: The villas of La Samanna front the island’s largest beach. Bide your time in the casino at the The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa between stretches of sunning.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s St. Martin and St. Maarten Guide
Those traveling to, from or through the Pacific Northwest will face the highest threat of delayed travel this week.
Cold air, gusty winds and widespread showers are once again on tap across Germany on Sunday.
A chilly wind may pose challenges to runners on Sunday morning in the annual Philadelphia Marathon.
A slow-moving storm in the Mediterranean Sea will bring additional rounds of rain to Greece into Saturday night.
While chilly weather is predicted at times during the first few days, an overall pleasant weekend is in store for most locations.
Following a brief reprieve from rain, snow and wind in the Northwest, another system will move onshore on Sunday night.
Bitterly cold air with origins from northern Siberia will race across Alaska into the early week.
Skiers and snowboarders planning to hit the slopes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend will want to give thanks to Mother Nature.