A Warm Vacation in December 2016 - Find Your Romantic Winter Getaway

December

Vacation on the Beach in DecemberThe Beach is a Destination Most Couples Want for Their December Vacation
By Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Aug 23, 2016

Want to get out of the winter cold and warm up your toes by the beach or the pool? Or looking for a unique romantic December Honeymoon destination?

Here are some warm vacation spots for December 2016 (both in the USA and beyond), as well as where to find travel deals and package sell-offs. We hope this info plus some of the weather details on this page can supply you with a few ideas on your romantic vacation (including where not to go!)

Warm Vacation Spots in December

The Caribbean

The Caribbean is a great spot to holiday year-round, but for romantic travel from North America and the UK, it is easily the place for a warm beach vacation in December. Best December Weather and Climate in the Caribbean: Barbados is a great spot to visit this month. Daytime high temps in Bridgetown average around 84 F, and best of all, there is usually very little rain during the month.

Other Caribbean island destinations with a combination of warm weather and not much rain in December include Kingston, Jamaica (87 F), St. Kitts (85 F) and Nassau, Bahamas (79 F).  

USA

In the continental US, the warmest vacation weather in December is most often Florida. Try sinking your toes in the warm, soft white sand of Naples and Sarasota, two of our favorite romantic Florida Gulf Coast winter holiday locations.

If you don’t need a hot December vacation, but just warm, sunny and dependably dry, try Arizona or Palm Springs, California.

Overseas

Thinking further overseas? Australia is a very warm December vacation destination. For more heat and surf, just head north to Byron Bay, NSW, or the fabulous Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Warm & Romantic All-Inclusive December Vacations

Punta Cana, DR BeachSun, Sand & Heat - A Dominican Republic Beach Getaway in the Winter

Dominican Republic - Punta Cana Vacations - looking to book an affordable Caribbean vacation package in December? Although the Caribbean can be expensive in the high season winter months, your best bet for a cheap December vacation resort might be an all-inclusive in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The "D.R." offers some of the best combinations of romantic resorts, gorgeous beaches and sell-off deals at all-inclusives.

  • December Temperatures in Punta Cana, DR: Average highs of 83 F, with 

December Vacation Weather in the U.S. & Canada:

  • December Weather in Las Vegas: cool daytime highs of 58 F, colder at night, with occasional wind.
  • Weather in New York City in December: gets down to freezing at night, with a daytime average temperature of about 45 F. Oh, and always the possibility of snow!
  • Winter weather in Los Angeles: very pleasant, with average highs of 68 during mostly sunny days.
  • December temperatures for Dallas/Ft. Worth TX: Average highs of 58 F, usually quite pleasant for the first 1/2 of the month.
  • Climate for Atlanta, GA in December: one of the coldest months of the year in the Peach State, with average highs of 54 F and cloudy skies about 50% of the time.
  • Climate for December in Vancouver: lots of precipitation - usually rain, sometimes snow later in the month. Temps in the cold 36 F to 45 F range.

December Vacation Package Specials & Cruises

When shopping for an affordable holiday, you'll notice that cheap December vacation specials are usually available in many destinations from December 1 to around December 15 or 16. After that, Christmas holiday crowds mean full resorts and higher prices. One site with consistently low prices for December travel packages is Priceline.com.

Christmas Cruise Vacation in December - get a deal with Cruise Compete on a 2016 Christmas cruise to romantic ports in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Compare quotes on the best prices for last minute Christmas cruise deals to the Panama Canal, Mexico and more.  

December in Laguna Beach, California

Casa Laguna Inn, Laguna Beach, CAThe Gorgeous Casa Laguna Inn, Laguna Beach - A Fine Spot for Your December Getaway

While most of the rest of the country can be downright miserable in December with cold and snow, Southern California can be enjoying lots of sunshine and some very nice temperatures. Of course, as you get close to the lead up days and week before Christmas, the crowds and traffic can become a real hassle in the greater L.A. area. Which is why we suggest you drive just a few miles south to Laguna Beach for your Southern California vacation in December. 

The communities of Laguna Beach and San Clemente get plenty of sun and average daytime highs of 67 F in January, which is excellent for exploring all the shops and galleries of these attractive communities, and having lunch on an outdoor patio or deck overlooking the ocean.

  • Accommodation in Laguna Beach for a Vacation in December: we highly recommend you check out the low season rates at the Casa Laguna Inn, one of Laguna Beach's most romantic inns. 

Romantic Ski Vacation in December

You've probably seen other lists like this, but here's our favorites in what we consider are the top 5 most romantic ski resorts in North America:

  • Whistler, BC
  • Aspen, CO
  • Heavenly Valley, Lake Tahoe
  • Mont Temblant, Que
  • Stowe, Vermont

Romantic Honeymoon Ideas for December

A December honeymoon can be very romantic, and unlike other seasons, you can choose between a hot or cold weather vacation! Both can be equally memorable…

Warm Weather: Kauai. Simply put, the most romantic island in Hawaii. For a hot honeymoon vacation in December 2016, splurge a bit on a romantic resort like the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa , which is in Poipu on the sunny southern coast of Kauai.

Cold Weather: For romance and snow, one of the best places to travel in December on your honeymoon would have to be Quebec City. Pick a cozy honeymoon B&B, cozy up in front of the fireplace, and ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. Or, make it unforgettable in one of the most romantic hotels in Canada, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.

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