Tracey Minkin

We love Thanksgiving dinner at home as much as the next guy, but let's face it: paradise is calling, and why not toast those Pilgrims over some fresh-caught seafood on a beautiful, warm beach? Get excited, and get booking. Here are 10 spots just waiting to turn your holiday into the happiest ever.

Warm Weather Escape #1: Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Where to stay: The Bitter End Yacht Club offers barefoot luxury at its finest, not to mention easy excursions to The Baths, a Caribbean bucket list destination. The original Beachfront Cottages are a classic hideaway. 800-872-2392 or beyc.com

 

Warm Weather Escape #2: St. Jean, Saint-Barthélemy

Where to stay: Perched on a promontory in the heart of St. Jean Bay, Eden Rock St. Barts is the oldest and most iconic hotel on the island. The hotel offers individual accommodations “on the rock,” within its lush, green garden, or in world-class private villas just steps from the beach. 855-333-6762 or edenrockhotel.com

 

Warm Weather Escape #3: Bermuda

Where to stay: With its sparkling white marble floors, grand pianos, and golden chandeliers, the lobby of Rosewood Tucker's Point looks fit for royalty, and its Beach Club offers the largest private pink-sand beach on the island. Don't miss the rum-spiked fish chowder. 888-767-3966 or rosewoodhotels.com/tuckerspoint.

 

Warm Weather Escape #4: Bahamas

Where to stay: There's a luxurious Swiss Family Robinson feel at Fowl Cay Resort, a high-end, all-inclusive resort with just six villas connected by sandy paths lined with conch shells, and each with its own personal motor boat. 877-845-5275 or fowlcay.com.

 

Warm Weather Escape #5: US Virgin Islands

Where to stay: Located in the national park on 170 Caribbean-front acres, Caneel Bay Resort features nine accomodation styles, from courtside rooms just steps from the beach to a private seaside cottage. 340-776-6111 or caneelbay.com.

 

Warm Weather Escape #6: Turks & Caicos

Where to stay: The luxuriantly playful Beach House is a 21-suite boutique hotel on the glorious sugar sands of Providenciales's Grace Bay. 855-946-5800 or beachhousetci.com.

 

Warm Weather Escape #7: Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico

Where to stay: The boutique Rancho Pescadero has 26 suites split into four unique, sunset-hued structures. Dolphins and migrating whales are the beachfront entertainment during the day; enjoy housemade tequila from oak casks at the pool bar under the stars at night. 910-300-8891 or ranchopescadero.com.

 

Warm Weather Escape #8: Hilo, Hawaii

Where to stay: The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls is situated at the top of a waterfall, with unimpeded vistas that make you feel like you're alone in a rain forest. 808-935-6789 or waterfall.net.

 

Warm Weather Escape #9: Puerto Rico

Where to stay: La Concha is a posh, playful retreat, where moods are up and defenses are down, making it easy to bond with your family and even make new friends, because everywhere you go, it's a party. 787-721-7500 or www.laconcharesort.com.

 

Warm Weather Escape #10: Key West, Florida

Where to stay: Casa Marina combines Old World Florida charms and architecture with a beautiful little beach, great pools, and a perfect spa (with beachside massage tables) to get those post-Thanksgiving kinks out. 305-296-3535 or www.casamarinaresort.com.

 

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Tracey Minkin went to Puerto Rico for Christmas last year, and is thinking about Havana for 2015. What are you doing for the holidays? Home or away? Let her know in the comments, below, and follow Tracey's travels via her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. 

 

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