Great Beach Vacation Destinations

Great Beach Vacations for the entire family

When traveling to a new place the first trip is always a learning experience.  It usually takes several vacations to the same destination to discover the secrets.

Save time and money.  Eliminate the trial and error and start planning your next vacation using my firsthand information and experience.

Maui Hawaii

Maui Hawaii is one of the best beach vacation destinations in the world. Follow my guide about selecting the part of the island that is best suited for you. You can get sun, wind or stay in a rain forest. Learn the best spots and activities for your lifestyle. While the weather is great year round, there are better times to visit than others. I will explain the best luxury resorts, great shopping areas and the best restaurants on the island.  I have made lots of mistakes during my first two vacations. I will share the successes and the disappointments, all from my personal experience to make sure you have great Hawaiian beach vacations, now and forever.

Cancun Mexico

Cancun is definitely one the most wonderful and best beach vacations that I have experienced. Cancun offers numerous high end luxury resorts and great restaurants. The people are wonderful, helpful and proud of their heritage. Cancun is also a great place to take the entire family and offers several day parks within a 90 minute drive.  Each trip we rent a car and drive an average of 400-500 miles. There are definitely things to stay away from and to watch out for but there is also pure beauty and adventure if you avoid the tourist traps. Learn from my adventures and you will enjoy your Cancun vacations much more. From the people to the weather, the best beach vacations are always in Cancun.

St John USVI

St John US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, just east of Puerto Rico, is one of the best beach vacations for east coast people due to the proximity.  It is also more difficult to figure out what to do and how to avoid those tourist traps. Due to the relatively small size of the island, with two-thirds of it deemed as a US national park, most of the accommodations are luxury resorts versus your standard hotel chain.  It is an expensive place to travel to but worth every penny.  I will show you the best beaches, snorkeling and diving areas plus suggestions for how to get around. Get current St John weather conditions plus information on the best time to visit.  Don’t be stranded on the tour van, explore at your own pace without watching the clock and being on a set schedule.  My first trip was full of mistakes but the second trip was great because I knew the secrets and the places to avoid.

Catalina California

Catalina Island, located about 25 miles off the Los Angeles coast, might not be for everybody, but it is like you left the busy world behind you. This is a great day trip or 3 day vacation destination for people looking to unplug and kick back. Like most Southern California destinations, the weather is beautiful and there are some really fun things to do. Being an island there are only two ways to get there, by ferry or fly.  I will share the best of what I have learned during my trips.

Caribbean Cruise

Caribbean Cruise - Follow me on a seven day Princess Cruise, aboard the Ruby Princess as we depart Ft Lauderdale, Florida and head for Princess Cays in the Bahamas, St Marteen, St Thomas and Grand Turk.  Read about our adventures and see the beauty that each island has to offer.

Miami Florida

Miami - There is no place like South Florida.  Great weather, food and night life make this city a favorite beach vacation destination year round.  Miami is a favorite for people who love the outdoors with activities including boating, fishing, diving and hanging out on world famous South Beach.

Key West Florida

Key West - Three and a half hours south by car from Miami is the end of the road and the fun town of Key West.  While you can fly direct via major airlines, I recommend driving the roughly 160 mile scenic driver on the overseas highway, with numerous bridges, the longest being 7 miles.  Key West has some of the best restaurants in the world influenced by Caribbean spices that combine fresh seafood and meat.  Learn all about the Key West weather and the best time to visit.

San Diego California

San Diego, deemed as America’s finest city, is a great place to spend the day or a week. Being a San Diego native, I know all the sites and attractions within the city and county.  San Diego is the only place that I know of where you can surf in the morning, play in the snow on a 7000 foot mountain in the afternoon and end up in the desert in brilliant 80 degree sunshine.  However, the weather is better at certain times of the year, especially along the coast.  From the Hotel Del Coronado to the vacation resorts of La Jolla and Del Mar, San Diego is known as a destination for the best beach vacations for the entire family.

Laguna Beach California

Laguna Beach, nestled in the tranquility of rolling hills, overlooking the Pacific.  This is a beautiful beach community that is separated from the rest of Southern California with barely a hint that you are anywhere close to two of the largest cities in the United States, Los Angeles and San Diego.  Perfect weather combined with small beach city atmosphere, make this the perfect week or weekend getaway.  Visit one the great restaurants perched on cliffs, high above the Pacific, and enjoy that perfect sunset dinner. 

January Averages

Hi/Lo
Rainfall
Water Temp

Cancun
82/67
3.50"
77

Catalina
66/46
3.26"
58

Key West
75/65
2.22"
69

Laguna Beach
67/44
2.76"
58

Maui
78/66
4.23"
76

Miami
76/60
1.61"
73

Nassau
79/60
1.92"
78

San Diego
65/49
1.98"
58

St John
85/73
2.38"
77

January Outlook

The Southern California beach communities of San DiegoCatalina and Laguna Beach remain in the middle of the rainy season.  Days are pleasant, nights are cool and the ocean water is cold.  Beach days are hit and miss, especially if you want to swim in the ocean.

The Carribean is one month away from the best weather season of the year.  This includes St John and Cancun.

The weather in MiamiKey West and Nassau is perfect and the prime season has finally arrived.

Maui is beautiful anytime during the year but expect more rain in January than average. 

My January Favorite

My January favorite is a three way tie between MiamiKey West and Nassau. Days are warm but not too hot and the nights are pleasant.  The intense humidity of the summer season has departed.  This is the best month of the year.

January

Averages

Hi/Lo
Rainfall
Water Temp


Cancun
82/67
3.50"
77

Catalina
66/46
3.26"
58

Key West

75/65
2.22"
69

Laguna Beach

67/44
2.76"
58

Maui

78/66
4.23"
76

Miami
76/60
1.61"
73

Nassau
79/60
1.92"
78

San Diego
65/49
1.98"
58

St John
85/73
2.38"
77

January

 Outlook

The Southern California beach communities of San Diego, Catalina and Laguna Beach remain in the middle of the rainy season.  Days are pleasant, nights are cool and the ocean water is cold.  Beach days are hit and miss, especially if you want to swim in the ocean.

The Carribean is one month away from the best weather season of the year.  This includes St John and Cancun.

The weather in Miami, Key West and Nassau is perfect and the prime season has finally arrived.

Maui is beautiful anytime during the year but expect more rain in January than average.

My January Favorite

My January favorite is a three way tie between Miami, Key West and Nassau. Days are warm but not too hot and the nights are pleasant.  The intense humidity of the summer season has departed.  This is the best month of the year.