Changing Travel Plans Due To Zika? Here Are 13 Warm Vacations To Take This Winter

Hello, sunshine.

It may not feel like it right now, but winter is coming.

The colder months are the perfect time for a sunshiny escape, and some families travel to spots like the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and South America. Prices surge, beaches become crowded ― it’s the high season.

But for families expecting a baby or planning a pregnancy, travel plans may have to change due to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that pregnant women not travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission. The CDC also advises women planning to become pregnant not travel to places with active Zika virus transmission as research on the infectious disease continues.

For those travelers currently changing their plans or looking for places to take a break this winter, check out this list of warm-weather vacation spots that, at the time of this article posting, are not listed by the CDC as having active Zika virus transmission.

And as always, before you head out of town, be sure to check out the State Department and CDC websites for the most updated travel warnings, guidelines and recommendations for American tourists.

San Diego, California
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A winter spent in San Diego won't be a tropical vacation, but it won't be snowing either. Eat some of the best fish tacos in the country, spend a day at the San Diego Zoo and stroll through the gardens in Balboa Park.
Maui, Hawaii
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Maui, home to long stretches of white-sand beaches, impressive resorts and a relaxing island lifestyle, has been named the best island in the world. Head to Kaanapali on the island's west shore for one of the most iconic Hawaii vacation destinations.
Austin, Texas
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Austin is warm, delightfully weird, and full of adventure. And in case you haven't heard, the city boasts some of the best barbecue in the country.
Lanai, Hawaii
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The island of Lanai is one of Hawaii's best kept secrets. You'd be hard pressed to resist the quaint charm of this tiny island. And if the small town feel doesn't convince you, the uncrowded beaches surely will.
Savannah, Georgia
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This little slice of the Peach State is bursting with history, charm and outstanding Southern food. With temperatures reaching the 60s in the winter, it's a nice escape from colder climates.
Oahu, Hawaii
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Waikiki has everything you need for a classic Hawaii vacation. Sun yourself on the bustling beach, hop in the water for a surf lesson, and drink the best mai tai you've ever tasted.
Los Angeles, California
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With lots of sunshine and temperatures in the high 60s, Los Angeles is a welcome escape from a snowy winter. Tour Hollywood studios, walk along the beach in Malibu or head to Disneyland for nonstop family fun.
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Bermuda isn't as warm in the wintertime, but it's still well worth a trip, especially since visiting during the off-season is a major bargain.
La Pedrera, Uruguay
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La Pedrera is a seaside town famous for its beaches. Expect warm and sunny weather in the beginning of December.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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In Dubai, don't expect to find yourself on a secluded beach with nobody else around for miles. It's a busy metropolis, so if you're up for some excitement and warm weather, this is the spot.
Cape Town, South Africa
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With temperatures in the 60s and 70s and picturesque coastlines and mountains, Cape Town is a no-brainer for a vacation during the winter months.
Western Australia
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Since U.S. winter is Australia's summer, it's the perfect time to make the trip down under. Spots like Cable Beach and Eighty-Mile Beach in Western Australia will take your breath away.
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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This particular stretch of Australia's eastern coastline has no shortage of gorgeous beaches. You'll be in vacation mode in no time.
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