Where would you go on vacation over Christmas?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1470 posts
Bumble bee

Hawaii would probably be lovely!

St. Bart’s is a big holiday destination place for people trying to escape the cold. Did this with my mom and sister one year when I was a teenager and it was awesome but we missed our extended family too much!

Post # 4
5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

DH are considering going to Brazail in December.  I think it may be abit too crowded for you’re liking since it would be summer down there.

Post # 5
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@QueenOfSerendip:  We always go to Russia. Le sigh. I’d rather be on a beach. I’d take Hawaii any day – though it will probably be crazy expensive at xmas.

Post # 6
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

we are going to costa rica.  It is what they consider their summer because rain season is over. 

Post # 9
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@QueenOfSerendip:  we are staying by the Arenal volcano (room overlooks the volcano) and there are a ton of activities in the area (hiking, rappelling, horseback riding to the waterwalls, white-water rafting, kayaking, etc).  It is pretty inexpensive, relatively speaking.  You can save a ton by flying into San Jose, spending the night in the capital, and then renting a car and driving three hours to La Fortuna (where Arenal is). 

Post # 10
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

December is the start of the gray rainy season (and probably not warmer than the low 50s) in the SF bay area – the weather is likely to be quite depressing (sorry). We’re actually renting a house in San Diego with a bunch of family for a week over Christmas. It could potentially be gray there, too, but we are mostly going to visit family, not escape snow and cold.

I’d choose Key West or someplace truly warm if I was coming from a cold destination!

Post # 11
7385 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

If love to either do Seattle or the San Fran highway 1 road trip. Monterey/Big Sur/Carmel are absolutely gorgeous!

Post # 12
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Christmas, late December & January… and weather is at its coldest in the Northern Hemisphere… so even some “warmer” places will not be hot.  Just so you are aware…

You pretty much have to get down to about 25 degrees North Latitude (ie Naples to Fort Lauderdale line) to see nice balmy weather on the Atlantic Coast… averaging in the 70s or higher.

Places on the Pacific Coast… like Seattle, San Francisco, even a great deal of California tends to have even cooler average temps at that time of year than Florida !! 

As does US interior Destinations like Tucson…

All of them can see temps in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Hawaii would be a good choice, as they average in the 70s as well at that time of year.

Mr TTR & I travel most Christmases… and we’ve seen it all… including SNOW at the Florida Border.

(My Dad who is retired and winters in Southern Florida, says he’s seen freezing temps / frost even further south in the State)

As I say you have to go pretty far south into Florida to have a higher guarantee of decent weather (the ONLY place in Florida by the way where it has never gotten below freezing 0 C = 32 F is the Florida Keys)

Which is one reason that we often make it a Destination of Choice for us during any month in the Wintertime… either flying in to Key West, or driving down from Canada.

It has weather that is very Caribbean like… without the added expense.

Mind you… the Northern Caribbean (Greater Antilles Islands)… are going to be still impacted by any Northern Cold Fronts (dip in the Jet Stream)… in which case you won’t see temps in the 80s…

And they can be even chilly… or greatly effected by wind & rain.

You truly have to go to the Lesser Antilles Islands… or the Southern Caribbean Islands off of South America to see the more tropical “GURANTEED” good weather in the prime Winter months…

Hope this helps,


Post # 13
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Re – St Barts / St Barths

St Barts (actually the island is properly named St Barthelemy) is another one of the islands in the French Caribbean Group… and not far off of St Martins / Sint Maarten


These islands are in the Eastern Caribbean, and at the top of the Lesser Antilles… so generally speaking GREAT Weather in the Winter months.

St Barts has a reputation as being a very expensive Destination

(I haven’t been there personally yet, altho it is on my MUST DO LIST… so I cannot really comment on that, or give you a comparisson cost wise… but you might be able to find more info online by Googling)

Hope this helps,

PS… As for choosing where you might go.  I suggest you check out Wikipedia, you can find a lot of general overview info for any placs you may be considering, including average monthly Temps (as well as record Highs & Lows)


Post # 14
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@QueenOfSerendip:  it will be busy wherever you go.  personally, i would want to go to an adults-only resort.  this is a big vacationing time for families.

Post # 15
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@QueenOfSerendip:  we’re going to Paris and London for then days over the new year and we’ve spent only 3k on flights and (not luxury but nice) acommodations.

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