Winter is officially upon us in the midwest, and with all of the snow, ice and cold temperatures, it might be time to consider packing a bag and hitting the beach until spring! Regardless of your location in the U.S., it is easy to be at the airport and then on a beach within 4-5 hours. The Caribbean is the perfect place to escape the cold winter climate and for a few days of fun in the sun.

Grand Cayman

The Grand Cayman Islands are home to some of the best beaches in the world. The island is sophisticated and well-developed and offers visitors the perfect beach escape. Seven Mile Beach is the place to drop an umbrella in the sand and work on your tan. With luxurious hotels, a new Margaritaville, and an amazing culinary scene, the Grand Cayman’s should be at the top of your list for a winter getaway.


History buffs will love Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua. This preserved 18th-century dockyard was a stomping ground for Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson and has been converted into the perfect getaway. The historic marina features boutique hotels and Pigeon Point Beach. Nelson’s Dockyard allows visitors to travel back in time while soaking up some time in the sun.


The capital of the Bahamas is becoming a culturally vibrant and walkable destination. With great restaurants and boutique hotels, Nassau is the perfect getaway if you are limited on time. The town also features an affluent art scene with galleries and museums enjoyable for the entire family. The clean beaches and crystal clear water make for a great spot to recharge before heading back home.


The South Coast of Barbados is developing into a tourism hot spot. Their white beaches and pristine water is perfect for a relaxing day in the sun. The South Coast features two Sandals’ all-inclusive resorts and an up and coming food scene. If the South Coast is not for you, Crane Beach, the most famous beach in Barbados offers beachgoers beautiful cliffs, and amazing views surrounded by soft sand.


It would not be a trip to the Caribbean without a stop in Jamaica. Montego Bay is Jamaica’s tourism capital and is home to some pretty fabulous hotels and resorts. Montego Bay features the Hip Strip, a place to shop, eat and hang out, and has some of the best golf courses on the island.

These are just some of the best beaches the Caribbean has to offer and should be at the top of your list for a winter getaway.