December 20, 2018 - As the countdown to 2019 approaches, beach vacations, especially in the Americas, rise to the top of global travelers' minds. During the winter season, beach travel is especially popular among North Americans-accounting for nearly half of their total cross-border travel between January and March.
But where to go this winter season? For insight into potential hot spots, the Visa International Travel (VISIT) platform has identified the latest top-trending beach destinations. Travel close to home is preferred by most travelers. In North America, three-quarters of all travelers are taking short trips (within 3,000 miles or five hours of flight time). The Caribbean is a top draw, with sites in the Bahamas and Jamaica ranking at the top of the VISIT trending list (see Page 3 for complete list). The region has mostly recovered from the devastating hurricanes of 2017 and is open for business. However, some parts of the Caribbean are still feeling the economic impact as beach travel continues to be displaced (Page 4). At least 18 percent of visitors who would have gone to the impacted islands this year went elsewhere in the Caribbean, according to analysis from Visa Business and Economic Insights.