1. Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands may hit their cool stride during January and February, but when those cool strides equate to being in the lower 70s, I'll take it. With the shallow sandbars of Stingray City, a marine theme park, and two underwater shipwrecks, exploring the clear, blue seas of the Caribbean sounds a lot more fun than shoveling through the snow this week.
2. Negril, Jamaica
The resort town of Negril offers up a seven mile beach with breathtaking sunsets and adrenaline-pumping jump points for daredevils. Averaging 76 degrees in January, it's hard to think of many other places I'd rather be this time of year.
3. Cartagena, Colombia
While January may be the chilliest month for most of America, it's actually the warmest in Cartagena, Columbia. Having highs that reach an average of 85 degrees during the day, it's the perfect time to hit the city's beaches, or explore old town Cartagena by foot and take in the city's bright and beautiful architecture.
4. Rincón, Puerto Rico
5. Cancun, Mexico
Hitting up Cancun, Mexico isn't just for wild spring breaks when you're in college, it's for visiting in the middle of January when the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is freaking cold. With Cancun's average highs of 82 degrees and "lows" of 69 degrees, spending the day poolside with a drink in hand sounds infinitely better than wrapping up in scarves, boots, and mittens.
6. Goa, India
Goa is where I want to go-a. But seriously, with average 89 degree highs and 67 degree lows, this coastal paradise makes for a perfect getaway during these winter months. Filled with amazing local restaurants, religious artifacts, and stunning Indo-Portuguese architecture, Goa is definitely worth the 15-plus hour plane ride.
7. Phuket, Thailand
Phuket offers incredible weather during the month of January, and the average 89 degree highs make for the best possible beach weather, which this beautiful destination has plenty of. Oh to be lying on these lovely beaches, taking in the sunshine and warm weather right about now...