- Category: Trips
Best Camping & RVing Spots for a Warm Weather Christmas
Christmas is a busy travel season, with lots of people going to visit family. Instead of going to your family this year, why don't you try finding a warm weather destination that the whole family will enjoy. Here are a few great destinations for enjoying a warm weather Christmas.
Florida stays warm and sunny throughout the year, and the state is filled with a wonderful variety of destinations and activities. Throughout Florida there are beaches, water recreation and more. In the cities there is an active nightlife, as well as fine dining, shopping and everything you need to have for the perfect warm weather Christmas vacation. Southern Florida is one of the only places in the continental United States that is warm enough for a tropical winter vacation.
The Florida Keys are, like Mexico and Hawaii, often visited by those seeking a southern escape. These beautiful islands are one of Florida's truly amazing destinations. The Keys are comprised of Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Key West, Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys. Among the many delights of the Florida Keys is the spectacular snorkeling and diving. As the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, it is the place to go for vacationers seeking a great diving experience. The underwater world of the Keys is filled with colorful fish, vibrant coral, and stunning shipwrecks. Islamorada is know as the sport-fishing capital of the world, and it truly earns its reputation. Key West is an amazing spot to stop and enjoy the sunset, and of course no visit to Key West would be complete without a visit to Ernest Hemingway's home.
Miami is another great Florida option for a warm Christmas. Miami is a fun city, filled with sandy, sunny beaches to spend relaxing during the day, and all sorts of options for enjoying the nightlife and dancing in the evening. Miami is also an excellent spot to enjoy the unique flavors of Cuba and the Caribbean.
The Space Coast
This bit of the coast, nearest to Orlando, stretches from the Canaveral National Seashore down to Sebastian Inlet State Park. Along this coast travelers can enjoy some of the best surfing spots, saltwater fishing, the wildlife of Florida, sunny beaches, and the history of space travel, as this is the home of the Kennedy Space Center. The Canaveral National Seashore has over 24 miles of undeveloped beaches for those who want to explore pristine beaches. From the Cocoa Beach Pier visitors can enjoy delicious nosh while watching some of the areas pro surfers, as well as some of the amateurs. Cocoa Beach is also a great destination for non-surfers. Visitors can also enjoy all the pleasures of the beach including swimming and sunbathing.
Best known for Walt Disney World, Orlando has lots to offer the winter family vacationer. For a sea theme adventure visit SeaWorld Orlando. Or visit Universal Studios Orlando and experience everyone's favorite movies on the thrilling rides. For a little bit of culture during a stay in Orlando, visitors could view a performance by the Orlando ballet.
Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA
Just north of Florida, this Georgia destination is another fun spot for a warmer Christmas vacation. Although not as warm as south Florida, visitors are sure to still find nicer weather and plenty to do. Cumberland Island is the southernmost and the largest barrier island in Georgia. Visitors can see the maritime forests, beaches, marshes and more located in the designated wilderness areas. The island also has historic sites, ruins and much more. Cumberland Island also has the Dungeness ruins, which was originally built by General Nathanial Greene, and later built again by Thomas Carnegie. Plum Orchard Mansion is another place to visit on Cumberland Island. Plum Orchard Mansion was built by Lucy Carnegie for her son. In addition, visitors will the the First African Baptist Church in the Settlement and a Museum. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including, hiking ,camping, wildlife viewing and bicycling to name only a few.
Padre Island National Seashore, TX
Padre Island National Seashore is located along the south Texas Coast, and the National Seashore protects the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. Although not usually warm enough for swimming during the winter months, it is still warm compared to the more northern regions of the country, and offers some fun outdoor activities for a Christmas vacation. Visitors can enjoy over 70 miles of sandy beach. These white sand beaches have warm water and nice sandy dunes, great for beach driving, biking, camping, birdwatching, fishing, picnicing, swimming and beachcombing. The beachcombing at Padre Island is particularly good because of the items brought to shore by the currents in the Gulf of Mexico, including seashells and much more. Visitors should be aware that there are strong currents offshore, so care should be taken when swimming.
San Diego, CA
This southernmost city in California remains fairly warm throughout the year, and winter visitors are unlikely to find any hint of the winter weather found in the more northern regions. Coronado Beach has the widest expanse of sand of any beach in the area. In addition to being sandy and sunny, it has a gentle surf and a year-round lifeguard making it a great beach for children, swimming, sailing, surfing, bodyboarding, fishing, beach volleyball and much more. Visitors to Coronado Beach from January to March may even catch sight of some migrating whales. Children will love a visit to the San Diego Zoo. At this zoo there are wild animals from across the globe, or see the rhinos on a safari trip at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park. SeaWorld is another destination within the city. SeaWorld is a great spot for parents and children to learn all about the world underneath the water.
For travelers that want to go a little farther, and leave the continent, the Hawaiian Islands are a good option. The Hawaiian islands are known for the amazing beaches and plenty of sun. Hawaii is a fantastic warm weather destination throughout the year, since the temperature stays close to the same year round. For those travelers that want to get away from the cold and snow, Hawaii is the perfect destination. During the Christmas season the palm trees are covered in Christmas lights and Santa Claus wears sunglasses, so there won't be a shortage of Christmas cheer just because there's no snow.