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The Best of Winter Travel

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | October 26, 2016

The Best of Winter Travel

PHOTO: Head to Tahiti for a winter getaway. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)  

While it’s not freezing yet, it will be, which means that it’s time to start planning for a winter vacation that will warm you up. 

Conde Nast Traveler has some suggestions for those looking for an escape. 

The first recommendation is to go to Cape Town, and what makes it so awesome? 

“During the southern hemisphere’s summer, Cape Town’s restaurant, hotel, and nightlife scenes — which rival major European and American metropolises — are at their best. Plus, it’s growing season in South Africa’s winelands, from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek to Swartland, all of which are just a short road trip away,” writes Paul Rubio. 

Another Southern Hemishphere summertime you should check out — Patagonia, Chile. 

“Icebergs, mountains, fjords, granite spires, temperate rainforest, pumas, and guanacos, llamas’ wild cousins. Welcome to summer in Chilean Patagonia, at the southernmost tip of South America, where the natural scenery is some of Earth’s finest,” writes Rubio.

French Polynesia is a year-round destination and one thing that makes this tropical destination a win is that it’s not only gorgeous and exotic, it’s also Zika-free. 

READ MORE: European Destinations Perfect for Winter Travel  

“Unlike many of the Caribbean and Pacific islands that haven’t been so lucky, as of this writing, French Polynesia’s 118 islands have still evaded the Zika epidemic. Here, you can pick from five diverse archipelagos that cover a surface area larger than the European continent, or keep things simple by heading to Bora Bora, the treasured island of Tahitian archipelago,” Rubio says. 

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