February Sun Spots

February is hard. The holidays are long gone. The New Year’s glow has dissipated. The clocks won’t spring ahead until March. Spring seems so very far away. You desperately need a winter getaway. Here are seven destinations—in the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and even the Middle East—that’ll get you out of your gloomy funk. Sunshine is guaranteed.

Photo: Grupo Posadas

Cozumel: Go to Mexico. Stay in the jungle just steps from the beach. Sleep at a small resort with lots of open-air spaces. Enjoy horseback rides, dune-buggy drives, snorkeling trips, and sunset kayaks as part of the all-inclusive rate.

Photo: Ocean Hotels Barbados

Oistins: Go to Barbados. Stay on the southern tip of the island. Sleep in a newly renovated resort. Enjoy Bajan food by the beach, seafood and steaks on a sunset deck, and Bajan rum punches at a colorful beach shack.

Photo: Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica

Cabrits National Park: Go to Dominica. Stay on a peninsula on the northwest coast. Sleep at one of the Caribbean’s most anticipated hotel openings last year. Explore a national park, coral reefs, tropical forests, wetlands, and a British fort.

Photo: Sansara Resort

Cambutal: Go to Panama. Stay on the Azuero Peninsula. Sleep in a retreat for surfers and yogis. Go for a swim in the pool, a walk on the beach, a waterfall hike, a fishing trip, and a hammock nap.

Photo: Barceló Hotel Group

La Caleta: Go to the Canary Islands. Stay on the Island of Eternal Spring. Sleep in a hillside resort that looks like an ocean liner. Enjoy stunning views from your suite, floor-to-ceiling windows, freestanding bathtub, huge balcony, and outside hot tub.

Photo: Horst [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D
Praia de Chaves: Go to Cabo Verde. Stay on the archipelago’s easternmost island. Sleep at an all-inclusive resort with an uninterrupted view of the turquoise water. Explore huge sand dunes, untouched beaches, a little capital, casual seafood restaurants, and a nature reserve.

Photo: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Zighy Bay: Go to Oman. Stay on the Musandam Peninsula. Sleep at a resort that’s laid out like a traditional Omani village. Fall in love with your natural stone villa, extensive outdoor living space, shady majlis, plunge pool, and open-air shower.

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