Where to Vacation in January 2020 for a Romantic Winter Getaway

January

By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Aug 7, 2019   

Wondering where to find heat & sunshine on your vacation in January 2020?

Our list of the best January vacation spots includes a one of our favorite cities in the Southwest, and a couple of very warm and exotic overseas locations.

Since our online readership is world-wide, this list for the best places to holiday in January covers both North American and International romantic travel destinations.

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A Dominican Republic Vacation in January

"The DR" boasts fantastic soft-sand (especially Punta Cana) and is easily one of the best beach vacations in January. And of course, January weather in the Dominican Republic is full of sun and heat...

Budget-Friendly

January Weather, Dominican RepublicDominican Republic Resort in January
  • January 4 Nights from $679 Vacation PackagesAlthough winter is high season in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic remains a great choice for January getaways, with many new resorts and comparatively good value for the dollar, like $679 4 Nights w/Air in a Punta Cana All-Inclusive

Peace & Quiet

Quiet Resort, Punta Cana DRLe Sivory Resort, Punta Cana DR
  • Le Sivory Punta Cana - looking for warmth, sun, peace and relaxation? Couples rave about how relaxing and low-key the The Le Sivory Boutique Resort in Punta Cana is. You'll love dining in the Palapa Restaurant (right on the beach!), and selected suites include a JACUZZI® tub or even your own private plunge pool. 2020 ERV Rating* for 2020 Punta Cana Getaways: 90% - Excellent.  

More January Vacations in the Caribbean

From North America and Europe, the Caribbean is pretty much a guaranteed January vacation hot spot. The warmest islands will generally be those in the southeast, like Barbados, St Lucia, Aruba and Trinidad. These are your best bets if you want heat and the beach. The rest of the Caribbean will still be of course dependably warm. For deals, have a look at Aruba - $989 5 nights Air & Hotel Tropicana Aruba.

Travel Weather in January

Here's a look at January weather and temperatures in several destinations:

  • Bahamas - dry, with highs of about 78 F.
  • Los Angeles, CA - the "rainy season", meaning the occasional day of rain or a winter storm, but otherwise pleasant with highs in the mid 60's.
  • Las Vegas, NV - mild days (highs of 57F), colder nights where it gets down to freezing.
  • Miami, FL - South Florida weather in January is usually quite nice, with some clouds and temps in the high 60's F.
  • New Orleans, LA - quite pleasant daytime highs of 61 F with some clouds is the average for January in this part of coastal Louisiana.
  • Orlando, FL - expect temps to be in the low 70's, mostly sunny skies with a healthy dose of humidity (it is Florida after all!).

Best Mexico Beach Vacations in January

Warm Beach Holiday Spots in Mexico - Temps & Crowds to Expect in January:

Mexico in January - Mayan Riviera BeachCalm Blue Waters, Sand & Sunshine - Mexico's Mayan Riviera in January

1. Acapulco - average daytime high temp: 88 F. Xmas & New Years Holidayers have gone home, so January's a very good time to book a getaway to Acapulco.

2. Cancun & Mayan Riviera - average daytime high temp: 81 F. Good time to be in the Yucatan and Cozumel. Feb to April is busier with Spring break crowds, etc. 

3. Mazatlan - average daytime high temp: 81 F. Crowds lately have not been a problem here as tourism seems to be in somewhat of a low point.

4. Puerto Vallarta/Nuevo Vallarta - average daytime high temp: 84 F. Mid-January tends to be a little less crowded than earlier or later in the month.

5. Cabo San Lucas - average daytime high temp: 73 F. Cabo can be busy in January, although February at the resorts is usually more packed with people. 

Florida in January

Ft Myers Florida January VacationRomantic January Sunset, Ft. Myers Beach FL

Thinking of the USA this January, but looking for sand and warmth? Let's face it: in the middle of winter, a beach vacation in January in the U.S. can be a a gamble. Even the hottest places can be fickle weather-wise, and last January we felt the wrath of a Northern cold front that sent cold temperatures as far south as Orlando, FL! But, having said that...

Florida remains our no.1 choice for a warm January beach vacation in America. And we have 3 recommendations for exactly where to holiday in the first 31 days of the year:

  • The beautiful Gulf Coast with it's fine sand and sunsets, especially Fort Myers, Sarasota and Naples.
  • Fabulous Miami & South Beach
  • Key West, FL. Any further south than this, and you'll need a cruise ship or flight to the Caribbean!

Kiwah Island, South Carolina

  • Andell Inn - just up the Atlantic coast into SC, enjoy some quiet romantic evenings at this boutique inn with villa-style suites. You won't be splashing and frolicking in the ocean, but January is a wonderful time to explore this nice little slice of South Carolina's Barrier Islands. This time of the winter means far fewer crowds and relaxed walks along the beach.

Austin, Texas winter getaways

Central Texas gets some very pleasant weather in January, with cool nights, warm days and little rain. It's perfect for exploring all the charms of the state capital, Austin. The city has a nice mix of history, architecture, museums, hiking trails, shopping and nightlife.

Some favorite things to do in Austin, Texas for couples: romantic dining in a Tex Mex restaurant, checking out some country music, and window shopping along South Congress Ave.

Overall, Austin is a fun winter destination, and for those on a budget, an affordable January vacation.

Bangkok, Thailand

Another warm destination in January is Thailand. Bangkok weather in January is good, with less rain and not quite the intense heat felt in other months. However, we would recommend planning your January vacation to Bangkok after New Years week to avoid the crowds.

The "Venice of the East" has many attractions and historical sites, including the Grand Palace, the amazing Floating Markets, Chinatown and shopping galore.

Flying time to Bangkok: From New York 17 hours, from Los Angeles 20 hours, from London 12 hours.

*ERV Rating: our unique, non-scientific rating formula for romantic hotels which includes:

  • Romantic Amenities: such as an in-room JACUZZI®, suites with a Whirlpool bath, scenic view, lounge, etc
  • Location: proximity of hotel to restaurants, pubs, downtown, etc
  • Clientele: demographic the hotel attracts (couples, families with kids, business travelers, etc)
  • Popularity with Couples & Honeymooners: based on variety of social media & crowd-sourced reviews.   

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