Best Beach Vacations in January

The first thing people think about in January usually isn't the beach, but there are plenty of great beaches to be found during this typically frigid time of the year. The best beach vacations in January range all over the world. You can save a good deal of money by renting a home in the area and living more like a local would. And really, how much is it worth to go from a foot of snow to miles of warm sand?

january beach vacationsSaint John, U.S. Virgin Islands

The water here is as blue as it is during any other time of the year. If you want to do some hiking, the hills offer some incredible views of a nearly deserted paradise.

Whitsundy Islands, Australia

If you want to have an incredible experience, tour Whitehaven Beach in a sailing craft. You'll see some unbelievably white beaches between the crystalline waters and the tropical forest. This is the day trip to end all day trips, as this is one of the world's most gorgeous beaches.

Cabarete, Dominican Republic

This is one of the best beach vacations in January if you've got skills on the water. Sailing, kite surfing and more traditional surfing are the biggest draws here, but be warned that you'd better already be good. Since this is a popular season, the instructors are super busy.

Santa Cruz, California

Cowell's Beach is the place to be if you're a novice surfer. The swells are a bit smaller here, and the surfers who think they own the beach are mysteriously absent. The beach is also a great place for volleyball and kite flying, if you've had enough water activities for the day.

january beach vacationsBarbados

As if the sun and sand weren't enough of a draw to get you onto the beach, the Barbados Jazz Festival happens every January. With each passing year, the lineup you can take in gets better. While the venues aren't the beach, most of the shows are at night, leaving your days free for beachy goodness.

St. Barts

This island also has a festival, although jazz is only one part of the music offered up. If you love a laid back beach, try Flamands. If you're most into something gorgeous and peaceful, try Gouverneur and Saline. Every choice here gives you lots to enjoy, though.

Panama City Beach, Florida

Saint Andrews State Park is a beach covered in extremely white, unbelievably soft sand. Some travelers have even warned that this beach's sand looks deceptively close to sugar - don't eat it. You can snorkel, kayak, water ski, or just fish from the emerald waters, although you could be forgiven for just staring at them for awhile.

Utila, Honduras

Among the best beach vacations in January involves whale sharks. As harmless as the first half of their namesake, January just happens to be the start of whale shark season in this part of the world. Either snorkel or scuba dive around the reef system if you can't find a whale shark; swimming next to one of the 30-foot goliaths is a very surreal experience.

Puerto Rico

The city of Rincon holds surfing championships every January, and they involve the best surfers in the world showing their skills. This is the best beach in the Caribbean for surfing, so if you want to catch a wave you've come to the right place.

Padre Island, Texas

With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Laguna Madre Bay on the other, Padre Island is a great place to rent a vacation home and let it be your beach base.

Beach Rentals in St Johns Island

Westin St John 3 Bedroom Pool Villa

A rare opportunity for the entire family to spend a holiday week all together under one roof in an Exclusive Three Bedroom Villa at the renowned Westin St John's timeshare resort. Available for up to 10 family members and friends. Enjoy the Best ...

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Sitting on top of a grassy knoll, TREV5 welcomes you with the stately elegance of a West Indian Plantation Home. This magnificent luxury estate home overlooks both Great Cruz Bay and Chocolate Hole, so you'll be treated to both brilliant sunrise ...

STJ - PBBH3 - ultra-deluxe villa located just steps from a pristine white sand beach

PBBH is an ultra-deluxe villa located just steps from a pristine white sand beach within exclusive Peter Bay. Stunning architectural design, central air-conditioning, unusual antique decor, coral stone, outstanding ocean views and lush and imagin...

STJ - RILE5 Privacy and comfort, beautiful ocean views

Privacy and comfort describes this beautifully appointed, ocean view villa while enjoying the convenience of being close to Cruz Bay's fine restaurants, bars and grocery stores (1 1/2 miles to Cruz Bay). Riley's Retreat has a total of five bedroom...

STJ - SIRE2 - Startlingly secluded and stunningly luxurious.

The SIRE2 is a rare property, located in a truly off-the-beaten path gem of a spot overlooking the sparkling Caribbean waters of Kiddel Bay on the quiet, southeastern shore of St. John, a 15 minute drive from charming and quiet Coral Bay. It is at...

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