10 Best January Vacations

January vacations typically fall into two categories. They are either a celebration of the winter season, or a reprieve from its cold and snow. Five locales that fall into each category are included in the 10 best January vacations listed below. Your getaway will be perfect if you settle into one of the excellent vacation rentals available in these areas.

  1. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada


    Recently awarded the top spot on Skiing magazine’s best North American resorts list, the Whistler Four Seasons Resort in British Columbia is Canada’s largest ski resort, with more than 200 trails.

  2. Bretton Woods, New Hampshire


    Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods is one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in North America and a perfect destination for a January getaway. With skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and even ice climbing to choose from, you’ll find plenty to keep the entire family happy during winter break.

  3. Aspen, Colorado


    Aspen boasts four mountains with widely varied terrain, as well as world-class service and a booming nightlife. Aspen plays host to numerous events throughout the year and January is no exception, with the Wintersköl celebration of Aspen’s Nordic cultural roots held annually in January.

  4. Manchester, Vermont


    Manchester Village is the home of the Equinox, a four-season resort that features cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoe treks, sleigh rides and much more. The Equinox stretches more than 1,200 acres between Stratton and Bromley mountains.

  5. Taos, New Mexico


    The Taos Ski Valley offers the best of both worlds in terms of winter vacations. Not only does the ski valley afford world-class skiing to visitors, but the climate off-mountain is mild and comfortable, even in January.

  6. Belize


    From its Caribbean coastline, soft sandy beaches and expansive coral reefs to its abundant lagoons, lowland forests and Mayan Mountain peaks, Belize has no shortage of natural wonders. Temperatures range from 75 to 85 degrees in January, making Belize the perfect destination for escaping North America’s harsh winter conditions.

  7. Costa Rica


    Learn about pre-Columbian history, explore the country’s extensive national parks or simply relax on the shores of some of the best beaches in the world. Warm waters, brilliant sunshine and a welcoming atmosphere make Costa Rica a prime destination for a January getaway.

  8. New Zealand


    New Zealand has one of the most diverse landscapes of any island nation in the world. From snow-covered mountain peaks to rich, lush forests, the outdoor enthusiast can fill several vacations with all the exciting venues New Zealand has to explore.

  9. Tahiti


    If a languid escape from the bitter cold is what you have in mind for your January getaway, there is no better spot than Tahiti. With its brilliant blue waters, striking cliffs and gorgeous green forests, Tahiti truly is a Polynesian paradise.

  10. Hawaii


    The weather is near perfect in Hawaii year-round. Island hop or lounge away your entire January vacation on the beach and in the comforts of your beachside bungalow. No matter how you spend your island getaway, you’ll find the culture pleasant, sun warm and views breathtaking in Hawaii.

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