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Sea lions on the beach in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Sea lions on the beach in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Kick-off the new year with a winter vacation, and you will be so glad you did. Whether you are looking for beaches drenched in golden sunlight or white sands hiding rich history, the countries currently open to travelers offer a treasure trove of experiences for travel this year or next. As vaccines roll out, possibilities expand, and why not take advantage of smaller crowds and the chance of lower rates? These destinations are perfect for this time of year and ready to welcome you when the time is right.

Belize

Tropical beach in Belize

Tropical beach in Belize

Temperatures:  Low - 68° | High - 83°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

With tropical beaches, a welcoming culture, and colorful rainforest, Belize is the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure to offset winter weather. “Down here, the first months of the year offer sunny days in the low 80’s, cool starry nights, and cooling rains to keep the forests lush and green – it’s the perfect weather for both adventuring and relaxing,” says Catarina, a Belize travel specialist.

The dry season for the Caribbean is a great time to discover the world’s second-largest barrier reef. You can find Mayan ruins and aromatic local markets, pristine beaches, and stunning snorkeling excursions to visit active sharks and manta rays. Enjoy the soothing water, listen for rummaging howler monkeys, find manatees, or simply indulge in the tropical ambiance. And this year, see it all with space and peace all around.

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Chile

Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Temperatures:  Low - 57° | High - 86°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

Chile is a country of extremes that immerses you in intimate adventures. Parched dunes, fertile valleys lush with vineyards, glacial fields spreading across the Andean Steppe, and captivating fjords with sparkling waters only scratch the surface of the country’s remote wonders. Untouched wilderness blends with the welcoming attitude of locals for an exclusive experience throughout the year as the Southern Hemisphere’s summer lets you sample the fabric of local life from geysers to mountains, art galleries to Easter Island.

“The most beautiful destinations such as Atacama, Torres del Paine, Carretera Austral, among others, offer exactly what is now being recommended worldwide, getting away from the crowds. These destinations allow visitors to connect with nature and disconnect from everything that is happening in the world. I think that is one of the greatest reasons to choose these remote destinations now!” says Samanta, a Chile travel specialist.

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Colombia

Balconies with flowers leading to cathedral in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

Temperatures:  Low - 76° | High - 87°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

Colombia has it all with a mixture of idyllic tropical beaches, and Andean peaks capped with snow, exotic Amazonian jungles, and sun-baked sands of the surprising deserts. The country is a remedy for any winter weather you are leaving behind with an explosion of color from colonial villages that give way to vibrant Caribbean coastline.

“Trips to the Andes provide spectacular ways to be outdoors and visit exotic locations with great wildlife and breathtaking views, award-winning coffee farms, and small, charming colonial villages,” says Brian, a travel specialist for Colombia. With a wealth of ancient civilizations, outdoor adventures, eclectic scenery, and mouthwatering cuisine, you can discover the tropical paradise found along a world-class reef and quiet sands.

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Costa Rica

A vibrantly colored quetzal in Costa Rica

A vibrantly colored quetzal in Costa Rica

Temperatures:  Low - 76° | High - 88°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

From cloud forests shrouded in mist to golden beaches draped in the lazy tide, colorful birds hiding in the rainforest canopy to endangered spider monkeys rambling across branches, Costa Rica is a land of immersive natural treasures. Active volcanoes create soothing geothermal pools, and lush rainforests offer endlessly charismatic getaways. The dry season is perfect for sunbathing or delving into the eclectic adventures around the country.

"Costa Rica's natural paradise is second to none year-round, but due to the record low human presence seen in recent months, its vast amazing wildlife is currently less shy than ever," says Alex, a Costa Rica travel specialist. Ideal weather, gorgeous beaches, active wildlife, and accessible adventure make every minute unforgettable.

See more: Costa Rica Vacations | Costa Rica Travel Guide

Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba

Temperatures:  Low - 64° | High - 78°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

"Discover vibrant Cuba during the perfect weather of early spring to find the island's famous isolation has continued to keep it safe from the passage of time, " says Jordan, a travel specialist for Cuba. From the crystal clear waters with white sand beaches to the exciting music and masterful dance, the incredibly warm people of Cuba offer amazing hospitality.

The island is an endless display of unexpected grandeur where treasures hide behind every corner layered with classic beauty. History looms large from Havana to Trinidad, Holguin to Santiago, where cobblestone streets wind beneath the framework of opulent colonial heirlooms. The azure Caribbean waters lap against the white sands with the culture lively and awake to the distinctive colors. Tropical winter encompasses the dry months and gives you the perfect blend of culture, coastline, and the diverse charms of island life.

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Egypt

Camels in the Giza Plateau with a view of the pyramids in Egypt

Camels in the Giza Plateau with a view of the pyramids in Egypt

Temperatures:  Low - 48° | High - 57°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

Egypt is a marvelous exploration of ancient life and modern culture, where the wonders of the Nile brings life along the intriguing desert landscape and captivating delta plains. The winter is a perfect time to escape into the diverse scenery beset by arid sands from the Sahara to Sinai, Cairo to Aswan. “It is recommended to visit Egypt in the next few months before the summer heat as it gets so hot,” says Mahmoud, a travel specialist for Egypt.

Combine relaxation with activities, delve into historic treasures, and take in the sweeping Nile River. Whether discovering tombs, visiting the pyramids, or learning about ancient civilizations, the entirety of Egypt feels like an oasis rising out of the golden desert.

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Galapagos

Early morning at Sullivan Bay in the Galapagos, Islands

Early morning at Sullivan Bay in the Galapagos, Islands

Temperatures:  Low - 70° | High - 84°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

“From the remote cloud forests to luxurious haciendas to the untouched nature of the Galapagos, Ecuador is a country brimming with exciting adventures, vibrant people, and natural wonders,” says Paul, a specialist for Galapagos and Ecuador. The archipelago straddles the equatorial line making January a perfect time to discover the unique tropical marvels.

Both lush and barren, remote and accessible, you will find an active wonderland of wildlife where the waters support charcoal iguanas, lounging sea lions, and giant tortoises who can live over 100 years old. A rare adventure full of endless allure, the Galapagos offers you a completely different experience, and this year a fantastic time to make it happen.

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Maldives

Private white sand beach in the Maldives

Private white sand beach in the Maldives

Temperatures:  Low - 80° | High - 86°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

From idyllic beaches to warm culture, the Maldives offers the remedy to winter weather as the island finishes the tropical rainy season and moves into the dry season. From the capital city to the broad reaches of the island, find everything from local markets and museums to scuba diving and boating. Relax by the water, snorkel, find reef sharks, dolphins, manta rays and turtles, as well as incredible relaxation surrounded by beauty.

“Although it is the high season in the Maldives for several more months, marked by sunny weather and minimal rainfall, the resorts remain uncrowded and offer a warm welcome and impeccable service,” says Wendy, a Maldives travel specialist.

South Africa

Elephants in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Elephants in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Temperatures:  Low - 63° | High - 76°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

“It's summertime in South Africa, all international visitors are welcome based on a negative COVID PCR test, the safari destinations, world-class wineries, and tourist attractions are open for business. And to top it all off, there are some great specials to be found - the perfect destination to experience luxury for less in a safe and unforgettable way,” says Rachel, an African Safari specialist for Zicasso.

It is not hyperbole to say South Africa is breathtaking, bustling, and surprising. The Southern Hemisphere’s summer months offer an incredible opportunity to explore and experience the breadth of the country’s beauty, from the sun-soaked coastline to the pristine wilderness supporting leopards to elephants. South Africa is a destination for families, friends, couples, and solo travelers eager to absorb the authentic golden savannahs or stunning curling waves steeped in welcoming luxury.

See more: South Africa Vacations | African Safari Travel Guide

Tahiti

Overwater bungalows in Bora Bora. Photo by Stéphane Mailion, courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Overwater bungalows in Bora Bora. Photo by Stéphane Mailion, courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Temperatures:  Low - 76° | High - 87°

Status as of January 4, 2021: Open to American travelers

Tahiti has become synonymous with the islands of French Polynesia. An immersive paradise of white-sand beaches, volcanic-black coastline, and jungle-clad mountains soaring over the sheltered blue lagoons. From watching dolphins to lounging in an overwater bungalow, hiking to views over the colorful waters to visiting a working pearl farm, the Southern Hemisphere summer gives you smaller crowds for a more intimate experience.

“Tahiti is ideal for social distancing with a focus on the outdoors and privacy, and they are offering excellent value and fewer visitors in early 2021 before their high season crowds begin to flock back to this easily accessible island destination,” says Roseann, a travel specialist for Tahiti.

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For more inspiration and information, the Zicasso Travel Blog has updates on many destinations around the world. Our Countries Open to American Travelers article is updated weekly, and the status of these countries (and more) are included there. If you are thinking of planning a trip, now is the perfect time to look ahead and see what is possible.  Our Traveler Care team is available by phone at 1-888-265-9707, or fill out a Trip Request to learn more.

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