The days are getting shorter and the mercury is dipping lower and lower, so that means your chances to book a great wintertime getaway are dwindling. With so many options to pick, here are ten destinations you really can't go wrong with.
Port Antonio, Jamaica
If you want to see real Jamaica, not the walled-in compound of a mega-resort, head to Port Antonio at the base of the Blue Mountains on the lush, un-touristed northeast coast. The birthplace of jerk cooking — and home to some of the island's most pristine, unpopulated beaches — also has a fantastic new place to stay: The Trident Hotel. Luxe but laid-back, chic but not pretentious, the minimalist-futuristic villas are all oceanfront, with giant glass doors that look out over private plunge pools (heated to hot-tub temperatures) and the churning Caribbean beyond. Originally built in the 1960s during Port Antonio's long-forgotten tourist boom, the hotel was recently renovated and reopened by transplanted New York(and London) music-biz veteran Jon Baker and his Hong Kong-based partner Steve Beaver, who also run the treehouse-style Geejam Hotel up the road. It's a great base to explore Port Antonio's river rafting, surfing, snorkeling reefs, jerk chicken stands, and weed-scented public market. Or just hang at the hotel's protected beach and eat fresh-caught sushi in Mike's Supper Club, where local jazz and mento stars play twice weekly. [From $540; Tridentportantonio.com]