1. Miami, FL

Miami Beach Lifeguard Stand
Miami Beach Lifeguard Stand

 

Besides heading to the beach, visit the New World Symphony and marvel at Frank Gehry's architectural design while you listen to some of the world’s best classical music. Visit South Point Park and take a long stroll or bike ride along the wide sidewalk next to the ocean. Consider grabbing a bite to eat at Smith & Wollesky or visit the 40-foot-high Sculpture of Love and Anguish, which is a hand reaching up to the sky in commemoration of the Holocaust.

 



 

2. Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara from the pier
View from Santa Barbara Pier

 

If you're feeling adventurous, take a kayak tour of the local sea caves or a horseback tour of the local beaches. If you want to do something less daring, take a trip down the Urban Wine Trail or go shopping in the Funk Zone or State Street. While in Santa Barbara, go for a tugboat ride on Lil' Toot, the water taxi, before a delicious dinner at Bistro 1111 or Aldo's Italian Restaurant.

 



 

3. Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano

 

While this small country only takes up .03% of the surface of the earth, it houses 5% of the world's biodiversity. Over 25% of Costa Rica is protected or conserved, which makes it a paradise for nature and outdoor lovers! Some of the most gorgeous beaches in the hemisphere can be found along the 80-mile shoreline of Nicoya Peninsula. After a stroll or a dip in the ocean, you might take an ecoglide tour of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Don't miss the chance to dine on fresh-caught seafood, traditional gallo pinto (rice and beans), and sweet plantains.

 



 

4. Bahamas

Mauritius Island Bay, Bahamas
Mauritius Island Bay

 

In Nassau, head to the Blue Lagoon and swim with dolphins. While you're there, hit Cafe Matisse for a delicious meal from their almost-too-extensive menu that includes a lot of Italian favorites. Or head to Freeport and take in some snorkeling, rock climbing and a 30-foot slide all on the same catamaran. Then head up to the Flying Fish Modern Seafood restaurant to dine on their delicious egg and crab creations. While on the islands, look to see how many of the 109 local species of birds you can find.

 



 

5. New Orleans, LA

Jackson Square and Saint Louis Cathedral
Jackson Square & Saint Louis Cathedral

 

New Orleans doesn't get very cold in the winter, and it's the home of some of the best music in the world. Catch a live music show at Preservation Hall, The Spotted Cat, Tipitina's, and Rock 'n' Bowl. After a night of music, take a laid-back ride on the Canal Street Ferry and see the entire skyline. Days might include lunch at the Central Grocery where you can share a muffuleta with someone special. At the Clover Grill, enjoy in a unique experience by eating a burger cooked under a hub cap. NOLA B&Bs make a warm winter getaway super welcoming.