Fly south for the winter! These beaches in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Texas will warm up your December, giving you summer vibes in the wintertime. Read on for the 11 best beaches for winter travels.

South Padre Island

Address: South Padre Island, TX 78597

Why You Need To Go: Escape the cold on the "only tropical island in Texas" this winter. You can wander the island and take in the view or lay back and soak up the sun.

Miami Beach

Address: Miami Beach, FL 33139

Why You Need To Go: For the party scene, head to South Beach, for relaxation, North Beach. Enjoy December days with temperatures in the 70s.

Hilton Head Island

Address: Hilton Head Island, SC, 29925

Why You Need To Go: Voted one of America's favorite islands, Hilton Head is a scenic winter getaway. Take a guided tour or go for a swim. You may even spot dolphins in the surf.

St. Simons Island 

Address: St. Simons, GA 31522

Why You Need To Go: Explore the natural beauty of St. Simons Island. You can roam beneath beautiful oak trees and admire the picturesque beaches.

Port Aransas Beach

Address: Mustang Island, TX 78373

Why You Need To Go: Ranked one of the best beaches in the state, Port Aransas and Mustang Island offer visitors everything from dolphin-watching to kayaking in this year-round paradise. 

Key West

Address: Key West, FL 33040

Why You Need To Go: Spend winter in the high 70s. Enjoy this colorful paradise in Florida with turquoise blue waters and tropical eats.

Tybee Island

Address: Tybee Island, GA 31328

Why You Need To Go: If you're visiting Savannah and looking for some sun, head to Tybee. You can take a mini cruise around the island and soak in the scenery.

Galveston Island

Address: Galveston Island, TX 77550

Why You Need To Go: Get on "island time" in Texas. When you're not relaxing on the beach, there are museums, water coasters, and historic mansions to explore.

Amelia Island

Address: Amelia Island, FL 32034

Why You Need To Go: You don't have to travel far down Florida for a warm winter. Just outside Jacksonville, Amelia Island has picturesque beaches great for sunrises.

Orange Beach

Address: Orange Beach, AL 36561

Why You Need To Go: Head to Orange Beach for a relaxing winter in Alabama. Go sunbathing on the white quartz sand and admire the sunset.

Daytona Beach

Address: Daytona Beach, FL 

Why You Need To Go: Daytona Beach is world-famous, boasting beautiful orange sand beaches. Make this winter a sunkissed one at Daytona.

St. Helena Island

Address: St. Helena Island, SC 29920

Why You Need To Go: Soak up some sun in the Carolinas this December. St. Helena Island has a rich history, laid back culture, and gorgeous beaches for the perfect winter getaway. 


Address: Destin, FL 32541

Why You Need To Go: Known for its fishing, Destin also has many scenic beaches to enjoy. Head to the Panhandle for a slice of paradise this winter.

Gulf Shores

Address: Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Why You Need To Go: The Gulf Shores of Alabama is the perfect escape from a dreary winter. If you like beaches that aren't too crowded, you can really relax on white sands by turquoise blue waters here.

Visit these Southern beaches this winter for a sunny getaway. Pack sunscreen, snacks, and your favorite bikini. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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