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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.