Come January and February in many places around the country, the very phrases “quick getaway” and “somewhere warm” can provoke a range of emotions, from wistfulness to panic. And that’s where Miami comes in. 

In theory, it’s nearly perfect: relatively inexpensive, with direct flights from many U.S. cities; fabulous weather; warm water; great hotels; and good food. Despite these on-paper credentials, however, the default South Beach experience can fall short. Unless you pick the rare winter weekend when there isn’t a DJ festival or some large-scale event (or you can sneak away mid-week), the promise of a relaxing, rejuvenating getaway is supplanted by the reality of thumping bass and poolside mayhem. But not to worry: We have easy South Florida alternatives that will see you to spring—no matter what kind of warm-weather getaway you’re craving.