Are you looking for the perfect budget-friendly vacation in the United States? Look no further! In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most affordable warm places to travel in the US. Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation, a mountain retreat, or something more urban and bustling with life, there’s something for everyone here. From cheaper lodging to attractions that won’t break the bank, this guide will show you how to get the most out of your money and make your vacation unforgettable.
7 Cheap Warm Places to Travel in US
The Budget Traveling Team with the help of expert opinions and user votes, ranked the 7 Cheap Warm Places to Travel in US.
1. St. Petersburg, Florida – Cheap Warm Places to Travel in US
With some of the warmest year-round weather and the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., it’s no surprise that visitors flock to Florida in the winter. The Sunshine State is home to some serious gems, and St. Petersburg shines as one of the brightest. Winter temperatures in the 70s mean you can ditch the scarf and head downtown for a street mural tour, visit more than 40 galleries and artists’ studios on monthly art walks, or even brew a beer at the city’s 16 craft breweries. Trendy restaurants, delicious cocktails and a host of world-class museums also await you. You can even take a streetcar down to the beach (yes, people still hit the sand in November, December and sometimes even January). To top it off, the coastal views are ideal for winter sunsets.
2. Catalina Island, California
Catalina Island’s beaches and ocean activities are big draws during the summer, but this small island off the coast of mainland California is also a great winter destination. Temps in the high 50s may not be ideal for sand and surf activities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. The island is known for its wildlife, and the cooler weather makes it a refreshing hiking area. There are several hikes to choose from, including quick and easy walks from the Catalina Casino and more advanced trails along the Trans-Catalina Trail. It’s also a great time of year to stroll around town, join a food and wine walking tour, and enjoy the scenery from a zip line.
3. Puerto Rico
We encourage travelers to put Puerto Rico on their travel list this year. Not only does the island have winter temperatures reaching 80 degrees, but it also accepts U.S. dollars and U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to visit. Plus, you can warm your winter heart knowing that your money is helping to rebuild the island’s economy as it recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Get ready to eat amazing food (will anyone eat it?), Stroll Old San Juan, ride horses in El Yunque National Forest and lounge on the beach. For a real treat, time your visit with a new moon and book a bioluminescent kayaking excursion.
4. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head is another U.S. island that’s great during the winter. While you shouldn’t expect tropical weather here, there is still plenty of sunshine and mild winter temperatures that tend to stay in the 60s and 70s. Since winter is off-season, you’ll also find fewer crowds and shorter wait times, allowing you to squeeze in a well-rounded itinerary that includes dolphin cruises, beachcombing and visits to top restaurants. The sunny, cool weather is also ideal for exercising on the tennis court, exploring the island by bicycle and playing golf.
5. Gulf Shores, Alabama
This city on Alabama’s Gulf Coast is most popular during spring break, but the sunshine usually keeps temperatures warm with temperatures in the low 60s to low 70s through December. Ocean temperatures vary, but travelers can still trade snowmen to build sand castles here. Other outdoor activities include boating, golfing, parasailing, hiking and cruises. Families will find a variety of seasonal events, from Christmas markets and Santa visits to themed dinners and pet parades. In addition, hotel prices are lower and restaurants are less crowded this time of year.
6. Golden Isles, Georgia
Georgia’s four barrier islands, known as the Golden Isles, were named for their natural beauty and pristine beaches. Escaping the winter weather is easy on these luxury islands, thanks to temperatures hovering in the 60s (although last year, the Islands saw some days in the 70s). Mix up your gloves, grab the sunscreen and head to the beach. Visitors can also hike through the marsh, spot wildlife along the river, or explore by horseback or kayak. Bonus points if you can spot a bald eagle, right whale or hen duck – all are fleeing winter by migrating here. Golf is a popular pastime here as well. The winter months also showcase a treasure hunt as several handmade glass orbs are hidden on Jekyll Island. If you find one, you can keep it; it looks like the perfect souvenir to us.
7. Maui, Hawaii
You may have to travel a little further to get to Maui , but you won’t remember the name of winter once you land on the Hawaiian island. Temps in the 70s mean you can still hit the beach, though the Pacific waters can be a bit chilly for swimming. Daytime activities include boating, fishing, hiking and whale watching. We recommend turning along the road to Hana for stunning views and access points with great hikes to waterfalls. Meanwhile, bonfire parties on the sand really heat things up at night. Just keep in mind that winter is peak season for Hawaii, so expect high prices and tons of fellow winter deserters.