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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Just like the ones I used to know. Where the tree tops glisten. ~ Bing Crosby
UPDATED: October 2023. Well as a Cleveland girl, I had plenty of white SNOW Christmases. Now my white Christmas of choice is a beach. If like me, you’re looking for a different type of White Christmas, below are my picks for Beach Christmas Vacations this year.
Many of these beautiful beaches have white powdery sand that I can’t wait to sink my toes into. I have separated them by beaches in the USA and beaches outside the United States.
Beach Christmas Vacations USA
Panama City Beach
I bet you were expecting that weren’t you since I always say it’s my favorite beach.
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Doesn’t matter what time of year it is, Panama City Beach never fails to deliver including at Christmas.
In addition to the star of the city, the beach, there are many family fun activities including concerts, scavenger hunts, fireworks, and be sure to stop and visit Santa’s Village.
Top hotels in Panama City Beach for Christmas: Panama City Beach Hotels
Hawaii is beautiful any time of the year but is extra special during the holidays. On the island of Kauai, you’ll find the Festival of Lights and hula dancing.
And the food! No matter which Hawaiian island you choose, you can expect to indulge in some amazing Christmas luaus and feasts. This is a busy time of the year for the islands so plan your trip in advance.
Check out rates and availability here: Kauai Beach Front during Christmas
Absolutely have to put Miami Beach on the list. I’m honestly not sure how I missed it last year! The weather is mild, and the decorations are beautiful!
Miami goes all out during the holidays. From Christmas Eve and Nochebuena to the restaurants and clubs over at South Beach, there is something for everyone.
Check out rates and availability here: Miami Hotels
A bit north of Miami lies beautiful Fort Lauderdale. And this city celebrates the holidays in style.
Light up the beach kicks off the season the end of November. From there, enjoy the Winterfest Boat Parade, Victorian Homes Christmas Tour, musicals, choir performances and so much more.
Food? You will be quite happy with the many options for a nice Christmas dinner. I am not going to list these restaurants yet but will come back to update as we get closer to the holidays as I want to be sure I’m providing correct info.
Check out rates and availability here for hotels at Christmas: Best Fort Lauderdale Hotels
Back over on the Florida Gulf of Mexico side, you’ll find Clearwater Oh my. One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever stepped foot on. Holiday parades, beautiful lights and of course, one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA.
Check out rates and availability here for hotels at Christmas: Clearwater Beach Christmas Vacation
And ending the list is one of my favorite places, Key West. Key West never fails to put a big old smile on my face. I do prefer the beaches on the Gulf side but in Key West all the beaches are absolutely stunning.
Add in great food and lots of cheer, you’ll find a Christmas vacation in Key West quite enjoyable.
Check out the decorated streets and boats as you stroll along the many quant streets that make up Key West. A taste of the Caribbean without leaving the country.
Check out rates and availability here for hotels at Christmas: Key West Vacation Packages
Beach Christmas Vacations Outside Continental USA
San Juan Puerto Rico
Back in the Caribbean is Puerto Rico. The city of San Juan is beyond anything you’ve seen when it’s fully decorated. It’s 500 years old beauty truly comes to life.
Enjoy salsa dancing in the evenings after spending the day on the beach or in the rainforest on this one of a kind island.
Check out rates and availability here for hotels at Christmas: San Juan Vacation Packages
Turks and Caicos
2 words. So pretty! The reef, food and laid back atmosphere will have a Turks & Caicos Christmas vacation one of your favorite memories. Check out the current travel deals here: Turks And Caicos Vacation
Back in the Caribbean with the Bahamas. This chain of islands really knows how to celebrate the holidays! Visit the beaches and take a peak at the swimming pigs.
Then on Christmas and the days that follow be prepared to party at the annual Christmas Junkanoo held in late December. Costumes, music and shows all delight!
Check out rates and availability here for hotels at Christmas: Bahamas Vacation Packages
December is actually one of the best times to visit Jamaica. The weather is beautiful, and it is not as crowded at this time of year.
Do last minute Christmas shopping at the Christmas Eve Grand Market. Enjoy the Jonkonnu (or Junkanoo) Street Parade.
Delicious Christmas meals from breakfast through dinner with a fun cocktail. So many great things to see and do in Jamaica during the holidays.
Check out rates and availability here for hotels at Christmas: Jamaica Christmas Vacations
Keep check back as I add more fun Christmas Beach Vacations to the list. No matter what time of year you visit this page, I hope your holidays are magical.
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Denise Sanger lives a life split between her love for fitness and her passion for travel particularly to the BEACH. Denise also has a love of marketing and lives in beautiful Suwannee County, Florida. You can find out more about Denise here: About Denise