Above: Eden Roc Beach Club day bed at Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic

For those living in the northern half of the United States — and at last count 124 million of us are residents in the Northeast and the Midwest alone — the ability to exchange snow for white sand is one of life’s most intense and enduring pleasures. Many years ago I lost count of the times I’ve watched a dismal landscape accelerate through a rain-streaked window at JFK to be replaced a few hours later by lush green grass and breeze-ruffled palm trees. This winter, COVID has curtailed our choices, but it is still possible to escape the cold and the dark. Many countries are extremely anxious to see American travelers return and are trying their best to find ways to welcome us back. After researching the current requirements and restrictions, I have identified 10 areas of the world where, with a little planning and a modicum of inconvenience, it is possible to enjoy a blissful respite from winter. Of course some risks still remain, but air travel is now widely considered to be safe if all sensible precautions are observed. And on arrival you will be able to relax on your terrace, perhaps swim in the ocean, and eat outside in the warm-scented air of the tropics.

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Above: Eden Roc Beach Club day bed at Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic