Hey you…you need a tan. If you are anything like me, fair skinned or in my case slightly pasty, you are starting to look more pale as the winter days grow shorter and opportunities for sun exposure disappear. But do not fret; although it may be winter, there are plenty of sunny spots that promise a sun-kissed completion in time for New Years.
Let’s start with something domestic: If you are not easily intimidated by tall, tan, and beautiful people wearing bikinis only slightly larger than postage stamps, then Miami Beach is where you belong. With seven miles of beach bordered by turquoise waters, Miami is one giant sandbox perfect for lounging around and getting a tan. But this city is notorious for more than just than just the beaches. When the sunlight gives way, the neon lights of Miami’s renowned nightlife turn on. If you are in the mood for dancing, drinking, and maybe catching a glimpse of a Kardashian, then Ocean Drive is where you need to go.
Let’s start at Mango's Tropical Cafe. This hangout is a U.S. version of a Havana club of the past: imagine tropical drinks with umbrellas, salsa music, and yes dancers in hot pants. But the salsa music and drinks at Mango’s are just a warm up for South Beach’s legendary nightclub, Cameo. Originally designed by Robert E. Collins in 1936 as a theatre, Cameo has been redesigned for the 21stcentury and is now the home of top-notch DJs from around the world and live rock concerts. You can dance, party, and drink until 5am and then get your much-needed rest out in the sun the whole next day.
Maybe you are looking for a more exotic destination to get your tan this winter so how about going to Goa. Never heard of it? Neither had I, but this former Portuguese colony, now India’s smallest state, is not to be overlooked. It is famous for its unspoiled beaches and abundance of flora and fauna. Unlike the fast paced atmosphere of Miami, Goa is a former hippie paradise where time still runs on the slow side. This community is a popular destination for those looking to connect with their spirituality at the many Catholic and Hindu shrines.
However, if finding inner peace is not your goal you can still enjoy the local culture by dining at beach seafood shacks that have popped up along the entire coastline. These shacks are famous for serving authentic Goan cuisine, a mix of Indian and Portuguese flavors, including shark, tuna, lobster, crab, and mussels. If you are in search for a full belly, a peaceful soul, and of course and awesome tan then experiencing Goa’s sunny wintertime weather is just the ticket.
Whether looking to stay close to home or travel a little further to find your tan, stay way from the tanning salon (and ending up looking like Snooki) this winter. Earn your tan lines by taking time to relax in the sun.
(Okay maybe not that tan...)