Zika-Free Destinations: 7 Beach Vacations You Can Take This Winter

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It’s harder than ever before to plan a honeymoon or babymoon if the impending threat of Zika is a concern–especially if you’re hoping to jet away to a warm-weather destination. While many idyllic locations, (like much of the Caribbean), are completely off limits, others, (like Europe), won’t be warm enough if you’re hoping for some time in the sun this winter. Although the list of places you can’t travel to is definitely much longer than the list of locations that are sans Zika, we rounded up seven risk-free destinations that are worth considering.

Before you pack your bags, be sure to head over to the CDC’s website for the most recent news regarding your destination.


From towering skyscrapers to vast sand dunes and picturesque beaches, there’s never a dull moment in Dubai, making it an ideal place for a traveler who wants to take advantage of all the action the bustling city has to offer without having to sacrifice beach time. It’s the best of both worlds! Don’t forget to squeeze in a trip to old Dubai and the Souks for an extra dose of culture and connect with nature on a breathtaking desert safari tour.


From vast beaches to lush forests and waterfalls there’s no shortage of terrain to explore in the Aloha state, as each island has unique experiences you won’t want to miss. We recommend visiting at least two islands to appreciate the diverse offerings, and take advantage of the rising culinary scene.

French Polynesia:

If you had your heart set on relaxing in an over-water bungalow, you’ll be thrilled to know that Tahiti and Bora Bora are perfectly safe for travel. Although the virus was once a concern in the area the CDC removed the warning, making it a safe, warm-weather destination definitely worth considering. If you’re looking for luxury, book a bungalow at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and enjoy a true tropical paradise.

Cayman Islands:

Not only are many of the islands in the Caribbean riddled with reports of Zika, but Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria devastated many of the destinations. The good news? The Cayman Islands suffered minimal damage and remain open for tourists this season…and the area is Zika-free.


Although the temperature continues to drop at home, across the globe Australia is heating up as they enter their summer season, making it prime time for a trip to the great Outback. From various cities and sites to the Great Barrier Reef, it’s another great option for travelers who want to experience both big city life and relaxing beach time.

South Africa:

Just like Australia it’s summer in South Africa, which means it’s a warm, Zika-free option for winter travel. Those seeking adventure will feel right at home in the natural habitat. Swim with Great Whites, kayak among crocodiles and observe animals in their natural habitat on safari. For those seeking relaxation, the picturesque beaches and wine country won’t disappoint.


Although temperatures are typically between 70-63 degrees in December, you can still relax under the palm trees on the pink-sand beaches and take in the art and architecture of the iconic colored houses.



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