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For much of the US, November means cool days and cold nights. Sweater weather is in full force and winter begins to loom.
But, just because temperatures may be dipping where you live, doesn’t mean you can’t find some fantastic warm places to visit in November.
In fact, the month might encompass some of the best weeks to head to great travel destinations. Prior to Thanksgiving, schools are in session, meaning many popular family vacation spots are less crowded. And traveling over Thanksgiving, although more crowded, often means someone else does the holiday cooking and post-dinner clean up.
So, don’t plan to make November the time to put away those flip-flops and sun hats just yet. We found the best places in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean to enjoy sunny weather before winter really hits. Here’s what to do and where to stay at 19 warm places to visit in November.
We’re starting off the list with the much-loved island of Aruba, a warm place with so much to offer. It was also one of our family’s favorite places to check off our bucket list recently.
Things to do in Aruba
For starters, Aruba is outside of the hurricane season belt. So unlike some of its Caribbean neighbors, you’re not likely to have your travel plans scrapped due to a storm.
Aruba’s desert climate offers consistently sunny days with little chance of rain ruining your beach day. Temperatures hover around the high 80s throughout most of the year. Yet, a constant breeze makes the high 80s feel practically perfect. (I say “practically” because the wind can be a bit too much at times, although November trends toward a calmer month.)
Riding ATVs was our family’s favorite activity. While group tours are an excellent way to do it, exploring on your own is generally very safe on the island.
But, don’t miss just shading under an oceanfront divi-divi tree though. Aruba is perfect for relaxation.
Places to Stay in Aruba
If you want a bit of a secluded experience, check out Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort. The property features the private 40-acre island known as Renaissance Island, reserved just for hotel guests. Or stay at the Hilton, one of our favorites, or one of the many all-inclusive resorts in Aruba.
Although November begins peak season in Bonaire, the island deserves a spot on the list. For starters, this island is also outside the hurricane belt.
The 24-mile long, 5-mile wide Caribbean island is also a bit less well-known than its neighbors. So less crowded beaches are a plus, as is the absence of many chain restaurants.
Local restaurants allow tourists to sample traditional dishes like Keshi Yena (a chicken dish) and Piska Kriyoyo (a fish recipe).
Things to do in Bonaire
Great diving and snorkeling spots are accessible directly from the beaches in Bonaire. No need to hop on a boat when you can wade out to see the countless coral reefs.
Want cultural experiences beyond local food offerings? Visitors can learn about the history and customs of the area at Mangazina di Rei, the island’s cultural center. Bonaire is also a great place to hop on a catamaran, kayak or visit the local flamingo and donkey sanctuaries.
Places to Stay in Bonaire
A few big brand hotel options are available, yet smaller, boutique-style lodging truly encompasses the feel of the island. Harbor Village Beach Club is one such choice. It offers upscale amenities and the island’s only private beach.
And another lodging option, The Bellafonte, features kitchenettes, though no on-site restaurant. So it beckons guests to intimately experience the location through nearby restaurants. And it offers close proximity to shops and clear ocean waters.
3. Cancun, Mexico
The iconic beach vacation has been perfected in this popular destination. And pre-high season November in Cancun is a relatively dry month with average high temperatures in the mid 80s.
Things to do in Cancun
Cancun beckons with gorgeous ocean views and beaches. It also offers unforgettable history, culture, great food and drinks and a lively nightlife.
The ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá is a site to behold because of its temples and pyramids. And Tulum, an easy day trip from Cancun, is one of the most Instagrammed spots in Mexico – and for good reason! Ruins, sandy beaches, yoga retreats, jungle excursions and great food make the trip to Tulum worth it.
Places to Stay in Cancun
The hotel zone in Cancun offers a Vegas-esque strip of accommodation choices, with lots of all-inclusive options. The adults-only Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun is a top choice for a no-kids vacation. The Wyndham Altra Cancun, with multiple pools and a kids club, is one of many choices for families. Plus, Cancun is awash in all-inclusive resorts.
4. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is exactly what you picture when you think of an east coast southern town. Beautiful architecture, Spanish moss and loads of history abound. With average highs in the low 70s, November is a perfect month to explore Charleston.
Things to Do in Charleston, SC
Rainbow Row, Waterfront Park and Charleston City Market are great places to begin your tour of the town. And historical spots like Fort Sumter, the Nathaniel Russell House and Middleton Place are sure to spark a little history buff in everyone.
For a fall beach experience, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms all offer their own unique take. Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Edisto Beach are slightly farther away but a bit less populated.
In addition to strolling the beaches and towns, visitors can enjoy golf, ghost tours and art galleries. And one of our favorites? Checking out the spectacular array of restaurants brought on thanks to some local culinary schools.
It turns out a fair number of chefs train in the area, fall in love with the charm of the region and choose to stay. That equates to some of the best restaurants we’ve sampled while on vacation.
Places to Stay in Charleston, SC
Many visitors choose to stretch out in a VRBO or Airbnb rental in Charleston. The Cottages On Charleston Harbor are another great hybrid option between a vacation home rental and a hotel. Guests get extra space, a screened-in porch and full kitchen, plus access to a hotel concierge.
5. Costa Rica
It’s almost unfair to list Costa Rica as just one spot on our list of warm places to visit in November. The country has many different regions to visit, all offering their own natural beauty.
Things to do in Costa Rica
Adventurous travelers can zipline, kayak, white-water raft, boat or hike volcanoes. Those seeking cultural experiences can take Costa Rican cooking classes or see traditional folk dancing. Nature lovers can view wildlife and take in the hot springs. And of course, beachgoers can enjoy the 800 miles of coastline.
Although early November is the tail end of the rainy season in Costa Rica, the month can still be a great time to visit. The dry season has usually arrived toward the end of the month. And the low season can mean fewer crowds and better prices at the resorts.
Places to Stay In Costa Rica
Check out Hotel Arenol Kiora Suites and Spa, our pick during our visit to explore Arenol National Park. The views of the volcano from the rooms are unforgettable. Or stay at El Mangroove Hotel. We loved this boutique beachfront hotel offering rooms with the cutest hammock-filled patios you ever did see.
Curacao, the largest of the ABC’s islands, has been beckoning divers for decades. In recent years, it’s become more popular for others too. Yet, we’ve found it still has a less commercialized feel than some other Caribbean locales.
Curacao is one of 6 Dutch islands in the Caribbean, featuring cozy coves off of pristine, white-sand beaches. The location makes a great choice for a warm place to visit in November because it’s also a relatively safe bet during hurricane season.
Things to do in Curacao
While there, be sure to drag yourself away from the gorgeous beaches to explore. Learn about the unique history, visit museums, take art walks and hike the cacti-clad mountains. (Plan to start hikes early in the morning though. With highs around 87, some paths close later in the day to prevent heat-related injuries.)
The pastel-colored colonial-style buildings of Willemstad, the capital, are a favorite for my family. And I bet they will be for yours too. Willemstad makes a great home base from which to explore the 171 square miles of the island.
Places to Stay in Curacao
Willemstad is also where you’ll find fantastic lodging options, like Avila Beach Hotel. This property is historic yet updated and offers a chance to unwind amid a tropical environment.
7. Florida Keys, Florida
The Florida Keys more than deserve a spot on the map for a November getaway destination. The island chain does, after all, encompass a little of something for every travel personality. Yet, the laid-back, unrushed, toes-in-the-sand feeling envelopes the whole area, which has November highs around 79.
Things to do in the Florida Keys
Nightlife seekers who want a bit more action will love the quirky paradise of Key West, the southernmost spot in the USA. Families who love to fish should check out the world-class fishing found in Islamorada. Nature lovers will want to head a bit farther north to Key Largo for a national park, 2 state parks, and the nature sanctuary. And seclusion seekers will relish Duck Key or Little Torch Key.
Much of the Keys feels like the Caribbean without leaving the USA. In fact, the islands are an easy commute from Key West, Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports.
Places to Stay in the Florida Keys
We’ve loved the Florida Keys so much that we’ve aimed to check them all out. Our favorite resorts for doing just that have been Isla Bella Beach Resort, Cheeca Lodge and Spa and Baker’s Cay Resort. All 3 offer upscale amenities and gorgeous grounds while having a unique take on this Kokomo-famous destination.
8. Galveston, Texas
We first became familiar with Galveston, Texas during family vacations at a time when it seemed to be one of the best-kept secrets of the state. Since that time, the cat is out of the bag when it comes to Galveston. And for good reason.
Things to do in Galveston
With average highs in the low 70s, Galveston makes a good choice for a warm place to visit in November. Basking in the sun is replaced with leisurely strolls on the beach this time of year. And the comfortable temps make a perfect backdrop for exploring the estuaries, sand dunes, ponds and wetlands of Galveston Island State Park.
Moody Gardens, a local theme park, provides entertainment to all ages through learning and playing. The venue features the Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum, 3D and 4D theaters, paddle boats and animal encounters.
Places to Stay in Galveston
The famously pink Grand Galvez is a great choice for lodging as is The Tremont House. The latter features a rooftop bar set to reopen just in time for a November 2023 trip. And the historic Grand Galvez was once frequented by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Howard Hughes, among others.
9. Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii’s capital city tops the list of where to go for an abundance of sunshine not just in November, but year-round.
By November, the high 80s of the summer months are replaced by mid 80s. And the post-summer, pre-holiday crowds make the beaches a bit less busy.
Things to do in Honolulu
Not only does Honolulu boast beautiful beaches. It also is synonymous with world-class waves, natural beauty, a bustling city, volcanoes and Polynesian culture.
And no trip to Honolulu would be complete without a visit to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Here guests can learn about and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice when the harbor was bombed.
Places to Stay in Honolulu
A wide range of lodging accommodations are located near Diamond Head, the city’s most famous stretch of beach. Halekulani is one such choice that offers 3 restaurants, live music nightly and a day spa. The Royal Hawaiian is another top choice in an excellent location.
10. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas offers luxurious accommodations, loads of entertainment, world-class restaurants and, of course, infamous casinos. (Check out our Las Vegas packing list before you go!)
Things to do in Las Vegas
The Vegas Strip is where all the action happens. When better to peruse the sights than when the temps are in the low to mid 70s early in the month?
Although the city might not be as warm as you expect this time of year, it’s still a comfortable range, especially for walking. The heart of this gambling mecca is only 4.2 miles long. Walking the Strip is the best way to explore it. While on the Strip, you can try your luck at the slots and gambling tables. And that’s where you’ll have access to some of the best live shows in the country.
Dining in style is another favorite activity in Vegas. Taking in views of the Bellagio fountains while dining is always fun. Check out fan-favorite Lago by Julian Serrano, oh-so-French Eiffel Tower Restaurant or the super casual Beer Park.
Places to Stay in Las Vegas
One of our favorite things about the city is that it’s really about what you want it to be. Want to feel like you’re in a vibrant Italian city? The Bellagio, our choice during a recent stay, offers that. Or check out the Polynesian-themed Mirage or Greek-themed Caesar’s Palace Hotel. And, there are some great family-friendly Las Vegas hotels too. Really.
11. Mexico City, Mexico
Does “warm weather” mean closer to 70 than 80 for you and you love your vacay with some culture? Then Mexico City might be for you. The pleasant temps also mark the beginning of the dry season. It’s a great time to tour the area. And the city is packed with culture, delicious food and beautiful architecture.
Things to do in Mexico City
November begins with Day of The Dead celebrations that take place on the first and second days of the month. This festive holiday is one of the most important and fun in Mexico. Celebrants paint their faces, wear costumes, play live music and hold parades, making offerings to lost loved ones.
The month also brings the annual butterfly migration to the area. The sight is one to behold as millions of Monarch butterflies travel to the area.
Mexico City is also about 30 minutes from the Teotihuacan pyramids (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and is close to Aztec ruins and Chapultepec Castle. It’s full of great museums, cathedrals, noteworthy restaurants and more. A guided tour or exploring on your own are both good ways to see it all.
Places to Stay in Mexico City
12. Maui, Hawaii
The tropical paradise of Maui is another place in which November marks the shoulder season. That means you’re more likely to save on the big 3 expenses of travel — hotels, flights and rental cars.
And while you may miss out on whale watching (that starts mid-December), you’ll also experience fewer crowds. Yet, with average highs around 82 degrees, it’s still a great time to experience the natural wonders of the island.
Things to Do in Maui
Of course you won’t want to miss the breathtaking beaches, such as the black sand beach at Wai’anapanapa State Park. Or head to white sand beaches like Ka’anapali Beach, Wailea Beach or the beach at Makena State Park.
But, it’s not only beaches that make Maui special. Visitors can also hike the Haleakala National Park crater or drive the famous Road to Hana. Another favorite is enjoying authentic cuisine at a luau, like the one found at Old Lahaina Luau.
Places to Stay in Maui
One of the best places to stay on Maui is the leeward side of the island, where it’s dry and sunny. A great choice is the 22-acre oceanfront Wailea Beach Resort, which offers 5 pools, a spa and over 17 restaurants within 1/4 mile. Or consider Andaz Maui, a Hyatt property, that offers guest rooms, suites and villas, in a serene setting.
13. New Orleans, Louisiana
No one knows how to throw a party quite like New Orleans. Just being in the city feels like a celebration. Highs early in November are around the mid 70s and lower 70s by Thanksgiving.
Things to do in New Orleans
It’s the perfect time to check out party-central, Bourbon Street. It’s also a great time to feel like you’re in Europe without the long-haul flight by strolling through the French Quarter.
Looking for water activities? Cruise the Mississippi River in a steamboat or take a swamp boat tour.
Other must-dos include eating beignets at Cafe du Monde, listening to soulful live music and trying Creole food. And the city offers opportunities to see NBA or NFL sports, Broadway plays and great museums.
Places to Stay in New Orleans
The Maison de la Luz is a boutique hotel that’s ideal for a trip to the city. Its 67 rooms and suites feature original local art and luxury amenities. Hotel Provincial and Virgin Hotels New Orleans also get excellent marks for access to local attractions, service and decor.
14. Palm Springs, California
The huge state of California has lots of warm places to visit in November. And with highs of 79 degrees, Palm Springs is one of the best.
Things to do in Palm Springs
Enjoying the sea and sun in this desert location tops the list of things to do.
Yet, Palm Springs has more to offer than its beautiful beaches. Tahquitz Canyon and waterfall is located right in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park is just an hour away. Both are just a few of the great hiking and biking spots.
Palm Springs also offers botanical gardens, a zoo, museums and a vibrant art scene.
Places to Stay in Palm Springs
Palm Springs Cannon Drive helps make the town postcard perfect and provides the best area to stay. The views of the San Desert Riviera Hotel and Hotel California are perfectly situated there with views of the San Jacinto mountains. They’re adults only though so great for a trip sans kids.
Check out the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort for a trip with kids. The whole family will love the lazy river and 2-acre water playground.
15. Phoenix, Arizona
Not all of the best warm places to go in November come with a view of the ocean. Arizona may be landlocked, but it houses one of the best cities known for year-round sunshine and warm temperatures.
Things to do in Phoenix
Phoenix is perfect for luxurious wellness-focused resorts and fantastic golf courses.
And, as the fifth largest city in the US, there’s plenty to do.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the deserts and mountains to hike and the spectacular botanical garden. Culture seekers will enjoy a guided tour of Taliesin West, the former home of Frank Lloyd Wright, and other museums.
Places to Stay in Phoenix
The 39-acre Arizona Biltmore Resort offers a luxe stay in what is known as a state landmark. Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix or Hyatt Place Phoenix are great downtown choices as well. Marriott’s Camby Hotel is also conveniently located and offers views of the Camelback Mountains.
16. Riviera Maya, Mexico
Although this Mexican paradise is often spoken about as though it’s interchangeable with Cancun, it has some major differences.
Riviera Maya is a bit smaller, while Cancun is the largest city in the Yucatan Peninsula. Tourists flock to both for the turquoise waters on the shore. But, unlike Cancun, Riviera Maya is a sprawling region made up of several towns. Tourists intermingle with locals as opposed to staying where few locals live.
Things to do in Riviera Maya
While Cancun exudes energy and a bustling nightlife, Riviera Maya has a bit more laid-back vibe.
ATV riding, visiting ruins, cenote swims, ziplining and snorkeling top the list of things to do.
Places to Stay in Riviera Maya
The Grand Velas at Riviera Maya can’t be beat because of the kids club, 8 restaurants and option for secluded suites. The Hotel Xcaret Mexico is a unique hotel in the Playa de Carmen area of Riviera Maya. The huge, all-inclusive resort offers access to Grupo Xcaret’s adventure and amusement parks, as well as luxe accommodations and amenities.
17. San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio may not be the warmest spot on our list with November temperatures around 70 degrees. But, those comfortable daytime temps lend well to lots to do on a fall vacation.
Things to do in San Antonio
There are many reasons this is the most visited town in Texas.
Of course, visiting The Alamo and the Riverwalk are fantastic things to do here. Visitors can also tour the missions located in San Antonio. These walled compounds housed priests and Native Americans and were later named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Theme park enthusiasts will love SeaWorld San Antonio. It’s home to the tallest, fastest and longest wooden roller coaster in the state.
The city is also about an hour from the Texas Hill Country, which has wineries, shopping and scenic beauty.
Places to Stay in San Antonio
San Antonio is one of our favorite places to earn and use points with the big brand hotels. They all have great options right along or near the Riverwalk and within walking distance of The Alamo. Check out Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk or the Omni La Mansión del Rio.
18. San Diego, California
San Diego has long topped the list of best places to go on a west coast family vacation. With average temperatures above 70 early in the month, it’s also a great warm place to go in November.
Things to do in San Diego
SoCal has something for everyone. Beachgoers will enjoy one of the many beaches, like La Jolla Shores Beach or Coronado Beach.
Families will love the world-famous San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. Old Town San Diego was my favorite for fun, learning and culture. And the USS Midway Museum and Cabrillo National Monument are also perfect for exploring the history of the area.
Places to Stay in San Diego
The legendary Hotel del Coronado is a top resort choice in the deluxe category. The Sofia Hotel is great for those wanting to stay in the Gaslamp District. La Jolla Cove Suites offers amazing views for those wanting to be near the beach. And Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley is a great deal a bit outside the city. Think things like a pool with a water slide, fire pits, scheduled activities and onsite restaurants.
19. Savannah, Georgia
History lurks around every corner in this Georgian town. The month of November is an ideal time to take it all in with mild temperatures of around 70 degrees.
Things to do in Savannah
Savannah City Market is a good place to start. The expansive open-air market has been operating since the 1700s.
The Historic District’s parks also make for a great way to spend the day. Spanish moss envelopes the area in true southern style.
Next, the cobblestones of River Street invite you to wander and dine in some of the best restaurants in the city.
And for after-dinner entertainment, go on a ghost tour. Savannah claims to be the most haunted city in the nation.
The great thing about Savannah is even after you’ve filled your culture cup, there’s still more to do. For example, if the coast is calling you, check out Tybee Island. Located only 20 minutes away from Savannah, Tybee Island boasts 3 miles of beaches.
Places to Stay in Savannah
Why not stay in a mansion while in Savannah? The Mansion on Forsyth Park makes a great choice for getting a true feel of the town. The opulent Victorian-styled Hamilton-Turner Inn dates back to 1873 and is another top choice. Or check out the Perry Lane Hotel. It’s housed in a new building, although it blends seamlessly with the history of the area.