Holiday season tends to be a time when snowbirds are mostly indoors due to the cold, which can cause cabin fever for many of them. Luckily, Florida’s year round warm temperatures give travelers a reason to escape to the Sunshine State. Here's a handful of awesome properties that offer the perfect dose of sunshine, warmth and outdoor activities.
Located in the heart of one of Miami’s most desirable neighborhoods, Hyde Hotel & Residences Midtown Miami puts snowbirds at the epicenter of all things art and culture in the Magic City this winter. The six-story hybrid hotel & residential property opened in September and features a chic, modern design and 60 hotel rooms and suites that include split layouts and private kitchens, ideal for travelers looking for a warm place to call home for a few days. Travelers can expect to find temps in the mid 70s during this time of year, and the hotel is walking distance from the city’s most notable restaurants and bars in the hottest cultural hubs – Wynwood and The Design District. Whether they want to take a stroll down the colorful outdoor museum of Wynwood and check out the world’s best known street and graffiti artists or hit the Design District for some shopping, this property is ideal for travelers who love being outdoors. Snowbirds looking to wind down after a day of exploring can soak up the Miami sun and relax on Hyde’s rooftop amenity floor which features a heated infinity pool, tennis courts, a putting green, luxurious sunbeds and cabanas, and a full service Ciel Spa.. all with Midtown’s chic skyline serving as the backdrop.. Not to mention, the property also offers guests complimentary beach/pool access at its South Beach sister hotel, The Delano.
Jupiter is an incredibly laid-back beach town with great outdoor activities (i.e. boating, ship wreck diving, snorkeling,) and great waterfront bars with nightly live music. The area is known for its warm winters, so travelers can expect warm, sunny days with highs in the 70s and nighttime lows in the mid 60s this time of year. Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is the area’s only oceanfront hotel, located on a pristine stretch of golden Atlantic coastline and just 25 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport, which makes for an easy escape. Guests can take in the rays on the property’s secluded beach, practice their backswing on tennis courts, unwind with cocktails in the adults-only hammock garden, or indulge in ocean-inspired treatments at the resort’s incredible spa. When they’re ready to explore the local area, travelers can opt for SUP or kayaking tours with a chance to check out local marine life, take a Pontiki cruise while admiring mansions that line the Jupiter Inlet, or catch nightly live music at one of the area's local affordable waterfront bars.
Winter’s harsh weather can often bring on a case of severe cabin fever because it’s just too cold to be outside. Avoid the claustrophobia and head to the Gulf of Mexico beaches along Florida’s west coast where temperatures are always mild and the beaches seem to never end. Located on Sarasota’s stunning barrier islands, The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a luxurious active/wellness retreat and the only AAA Four-Diamond resort in the area. The property spans 410 acres to explore and play on and is known for its outdoor offerings including 45 holes of PGA-approved championship golf, 20 Har-Tru tennis courts and the largest deep-water resort marina on Florida’s west coast. Guest can get active outdoors with beach cruiser bikes, stand-up paddleboards, boogie boards, and kayaks. When it’s time to unwind, guests can take in the multicolored sunsets on the beach or take a turn at the Labyrinth Garden under the stars where ancient methods lead to a relaxed mind.
Opal Sands Resort offers guests an upscale, modern, and coastal-inspired experience that exudes a South Beach vibe - but on Florida's Gulf coast. Whether it’s a smoking cocktail at one of the bars, fresh pasta from onsite Italian seafood restaurant Sea-Guini, or one of 100+ indigenous dolphins swimming by, there’s always something new to be experienced at this hotspot. Thanks to its curved exterior, each guest room offers panoramic views of the Gulf from your private balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to luxurious accommodations, the property features a zero-entry pool, indoor-outdoor spa, upscale amenities, and local art collection. Just steps from the best named beach in the nation, Opal Sands is an ideal oceanfront escape. Travelers who book the "Cabin Fever Cure" offer can save up 20% off and enjoy breakfast for two daily. *Must book by Feb. 28 and valid for travel now to April 30, 2019. Blackout dates may apply.
No winter getaway in Florida is complete without heading to the Florida Keys. The Perry Key West at Stock Island Marina opened its doors summer 2017 just over the bridge from downtown’s Duval Street and offers a tranquil getaway for snowbirds looking to escape the cold. At the 100-room waterfront property, guests can enjoy industrial-inspired accommodations (much different than other Key West hotels), two seafood-driven restaurants, Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar and Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill, guest rooms with marina views and direct access to the pool, touches like outdoor fire pits and hammocks, and excursions ranging from sunset sails to snorkeling and scuba diving that leave right from the hotel’s private marina. Not to mention, complimentary hourly shuttle service so travelers can still enjoy downtown Key West and all of the area’s famous landmarks.