By Tim Johnson
Winter invites hibernation. Faced with busy schedules and frigid temperatures, it’s easy to aspire to little more than a movie night under warm blankets, leaving the vacation plans for warmer days. But don’t just curl up and let the winter pass; whether jetting to balmier climes or staying north and embracing the charms of the season, there are many sun and snow vacation options worth exploring. Here we present four of the best.
Despite its hard-earned reputation for glamour (and debauchery), this world-famous stretch of white sand, Art Deco architecture and pulsating clubs stretched along Ocean Drive has a lot to offer those with kids in tow. The main attraction on this tropical barrier island is, of course, the broad, palm-lined beach; and the fact that the most desirable portions are public means that families can enjoy its lovely turquoise waters all day, free of charge. Ritz Kids at the Ritz Carlton South Beach can help your kids get the most out of their Atlantic experience. This oceanfront program for ages 5 to 12 is available on a half- or full-day basis, and features everything from kite decorating and flying to jewellery making to pirate treasure hunts. And take advantage of their babysitting service for a neon night on the town—you can opt for a romantic dinner, kick up your heels to some Latin beats, or stroll along the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall, which is lined with fountains, sidewalk cafés and stores that offer everything from handmade African art and Indian statues to designer footwear and evening gowns.