Winter is fast approaching for many of us in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get away to the beach. The United States is full of white sandy beaches, warm sea air, and inviting ocean waves all year long, so if you’re pining for a beach vacation getaway to escape the cold weather blues this winter, check out the list below. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect winter beach vacation to chase away old man winter for a little while.
You don’t need to travel out of the country to find a tropical destination in the winter. There are plenty of places with an island vibe while the rest of the country is under 8 inches of snow.
Soak up the sun in a house on the beach in the Florida Keys, stay on a house boat and watch the sunsets on the water every day, get swanky in Miami at a boutique hotel, or rent a house for the whole family on the coast of California.
- Ocean Reef – Panama City Beach, Florida
- The Seaside Sanctuary – Anna Maria Island, Florida
- Completely Furnished Duplex – Pass-s-Grille Beach, Florida
- Village Inn & Pub – St. Simons Island, Georgia
- Shorebreak Left & Right – Emerald Isle, North Carolina
- Absolute Oceanfront Opulence – Ventura, California
- Top Floor Condo – Mission Beach, California
- Sweeping Ocean Views – Santa Barbara, California
- Ocean Mystique – Fort Bragg, California
- 1-Bedroom Condo – Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii
- Condominium Stella Maris – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Florida Winter Beach Vacations
Florida offers a plethora of beach vacation destinations all year long. With mild weather and sunny skies during the winter, it’s a great place to book a winter getaway.
Ocean Reef – Panama City Beach, Florida
Ocean Reef is a relatively new beachfront condo located at 14415 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, one of the top three beaches in the U.S. (as rated by TripAdvisor). With 162 units contained within 23 floors, this beach rental includes five floors of private parking for its residents.
Each unit features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a sleeper sofa to accommodate up to 6 people. Also included in each unit is a fully equipped kitchen in case you decide to cook meals in rather than eat out. You’ll also enjoy free Wi-Fi access and no additional amenities or reservation fees.
Other amenities include heated indoor and outdoor pools, 329 feet of private beach, 3 high-speed elevators, security cameras around the property, keyless entry, a large balcony overlooking the Gulf, and minutes away from Panama City Beach attractions, entertainment, and dining.
The average cost per night in this modern condo in Panama City Beach, Florida is $138.
The Seaside Sanctuary – Anna Maria Island, Florida
An old beach house located on the north end of Anna Maria Island, Florida, Seaside Sanctuary is actually the upper level of the duplex that sleeps four. Situated just a mere 30 steps from the beach (with no roads to cross, mind you), you won’t get much closer to the sand and water anywhere else.
Featuring a deck on the front of the house, you’ll enjoy daily sunrises and sunsets while sipping fruity drinks overlooking the Gulf. The backyard is fenced, and we welcome your well-behaved fur babies, too. In the shed out back you’ll find plenty of beach gear, a grill, a picnic table, and a sunshade to enhance your outdoor experience.
Amenities in the Seaside Sanctuary include high-speed Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, high-quality mattresses, and high-def smart TVs complete with Bluetooth sound bars.
An average night’s stay at the Seaside Sanctuary costs $390.
Completely Furnished Duplex – Pass-s-Grille Beach, Florida
Located on the lovely and quiet St. Pete Beach (Pass-a-Grille Beach), this completely furnished beachfront duplex features 2 newly remodeled bedrooms and a remodeled master bath plus ½ bath. The bedrooms include comfortable queen-sized beds, and there are two twin-sized rollaway beds and a twin-sized sleeper sofa available as well. Maximum occupancy is 6, although there is an extra $50 fee for any additional guests.
OK this one is not oceanfront but the house is located just one minute from the beach, with a trolley ride available if you don’t want to walk. You’ll also enjoy proximity to the area’s best restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Pets are welcome for an added fee.
This comfortable and peaceful duplex on Pass-a-Grille Beach, Florida averages about $260 a night.
Winter Beach Vacations on the East Coast
Village Inn & Pub – St. Simons Island, Georgia
St. Simons Island is full of history and intrigue. With a laid-back feel, you’ll want to explore the several white sandy beaches, the plantations, and the Christ Church built in 1820. While St. Simons Island is a well-known tourist destination in the summer, its winter ambiance is both inviting and magical, especially when you choose to stay at the Village Inn & Pub.
Matching the historical notion of the island, the inn was built around the surrounding old oak trees – not a limb was removed in the construction of the building to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
Accommodations at the inn range in price and amenities from the standard room to the king room. All guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, concierge service, free parking, LCD TVs, plush beds, and more.
The average rate starts at $200 a night depending on the size room you reserve.
Shorebreak Left & Right – Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Shorebreak Left and Shorebreak Right are two sides of an oceanfront duplex located on Emerald Isle, North Carolina. North Carolina is known to have some of the best beaches in the country, making this an ideal winter beach vacation location.
This one makes me want to move to the beach!
Each side of the Shorebreak duplex is completely separate from the other. Each unit has its own parking, deck, and living spaces with a firewall stopping noise from traveling to the other side. Both the left and right sides of Shorebreak sleep four with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The building is located just steps away from the beach, giving you grand views of the ocean – even from your bed!
Shorebreak is dog-friendly, with a 2-dog maximum and an additional cleaning fee due at registration.
The nightly fee averages $195 for this home away from home on the beach.
Winter Beach Vacations on the West Coast
The U.S.’s west coast offers plenty of beaches and warm sun to fight off the winter blues.
Absolute Oceanfront Opulence – Ventura, California
Rent this home on AirBnb
Top Floor Condo – Mission Beach, California
San Diego is chock full of things to do. From exploring the old town to riding rides on the Mission Beach boardwalk and taking in the animals at the San Diego Zoo, you won’t soon run out of things to see and do. And when you stay at this top-floor condo located atop one of the tallest buildings in Mission Beach, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, and all that the area has to offer.
This luxury condo is only steps away from the beach, and its bright, upbeat atmosphere invites you to unwind and leave your troubles behind. Amenities include super-fast Wi-Fi, extra sports channels for your viewing pleasure, a fully equipped, modern kitchen, a luxury mattress, down pillows and comforter, a fireplace, and much more.
The average nightly rate is $175.
Sweeping Ocean Views – Santa Barbara, California
Rent this home on AirBnb
Ocean Mystique – Fort Bragg, California
Southern California may be the draw of the state, but truth be told, Northern California has some of the best beaches in the country. Featuring a rocky pine tree-laden backdrop, Fort Bragg, CA is home to Ocean Mystique – a 2 bed, 2 bath beach house that sleeps six. Complete with free wireless internet, you’ll be able to work (if you must) and stay on top of the important things while you enjoy your stay.
Amenities included in this beachside cottage include a cast-iron stove, an open floor plan, gas fireplace, satellite TV, DVD player, VCR, stereo, CD player, full kitchen, back deck, washer, and dryer.
Ocean Mystique is a dog-friendly property, costing on average, $314 a night.
Best Winter Beach Vacations in the U.S.
We’ve named several wonderful beachfront vacation rentals in this post, and we’re not done yet. We’ve already mentioned the east coast and the west coast, so let’s branch out, shall we?
1-Bedroom Condo – Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii
Winter in Hawaii comes with big waves that are typically only inviting to the world’s most fearless surfers. With that said, the waters of Kailua Beach stay calm, making them suitable for all types of water activities from swimming to relaxing on a floatie with a drink in your hand.
If Kailua sounds like the perfect winter retreat, consider this 1-bedroom cottage located in Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii – just 2 minutes from the ocean. Touted by previous guests as an “oasis of quiet and calm,” this is an ideal rental for two people, although it can sleep four.
At just $260 a night, you can’t afford to overlook this little slice of heaven.
Condominium Stella Maris – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Recently renovated, this studio condo is bright, cheery, and exceptionally clean. Owner-rented, it features black-out curtains in case you want to sleep in in the morning or take a nap in the afternoon, and floor-to-ceiling windows on the ocean side that open to allow the sounds and smell of the ocean to waft into your room.
Ideal for two people, this condo studio has spectacular views, beachfront access, new flooring throughout, high-speed internet, and a flat-screen TV.
At just $125 a night, you’ll be able to afford to have a wonderful time in Puerto Rico.
Winter is often a dreaded time for many people. With shorter days, cold, dreary weather, and snow, summer can seem worlds away. Thankfully, we have great beach destinations in the U.S. to drive our winter blues away.
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- Best Winter Beach Vacations in the U.S.