January can be a perfect month to travel, no matter where in the world you live or want to go. Depending on which side of the equator you live on, your destinations could either be smack in the middle of a warm summer or chilly winter. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing get away with plenty of pool and beach time, or you want to get in a little snow skiing or ice skating in a winter wonderland, these top January travel destinations will have you covered.
Aruba might just be the best January destination in the entire Caribbean. The temperatures are perfect—usually in the low to mid-80s. If you’re looking for a tropical escape from the harsh winter, Aruba is the place. The white sand beaches are a perfect way to relax, but you’ll also find plenty of water sports to keep you busy, including deep sea fishing, kite and windsurfing, and guided kayak tours around the island. At night, you can try your hand in any number of the casinos. Add to that plenty of shopping experiences, restaurants, and hotel options and it’s not hard to see why so many people want to visit “One Happy Island” during the month of January.
Park City, Utah
If you happen to be from Aruba or any other tropical destination, you may be tired of your amazing beaches and warm temperatures. You might be looking for a winter getaway, full of skiing and various other winter sports. If that’s the case, look no further than Park City, Utah. Make no mistake, in the month of January, Park City is the snow capital of the world. The obvious activity is snow skiing, but you can also find dog sledding opportunities, snowmobile rentals, tubing for the little kids, and even snow biking options. The restaurants and shopping are amazing and if you plan your trip to start on January 24th, you’ll catch the opening night of the famous Sundance Film Festival.
Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
The weather in the Northwest region of Costa Rica this time of year is absolutely amazing. It’s dry and the temperatures are perfect. That means that if you’re looking to get in some surfing during the first month of the year, this could be the best spot in the world. After you catch a few sets, head to deeper water for some of the best sportfishing and whale watching opportunities on the planet. You’ll find plenty of luxury resorts to book your stay and the Liberia International Airport is only about an hour away.