Top 5 Travel Nurse Destinations to Escape the Chilly Weather

Not a fan of the chilly season? You’re not alone!

Luckily, one of travel nursing’s many benefits is choosing where you want to go. For many travel nurses, winter takes a big toll on them—the cold, ice, snow, and lack of sunshine can be rough. If you want to avoid as much cold as possible, we have a few destinations you may want to consider this season. Here’s our list of places for travel nurses who want to escape the chilly weather.

San Diego, California

California is an excellent option for winter travel nurse assignments, especially in San Diego. Not only can you escape the bitter cold during the winter, but you can also avoid the summer crowds by visiting in the winter. From relaxing in natural spas to indulging in wine country, San Diego is known for its mild, temperate weather so that travel nurses can enjoy its famous outdoor activities. 

For a real treat during your time off, wear a light jacket and take a whale-watching cruise since winter is the best chance to get a good look at those majestic, migrating gray whales as they go from Alaska to Mexico for mating season. Another popular San Diego winter tradition travel nurses can try is skating by the sea at an outdoor skating rink at the beach, available from November to January at the Hotel Del.

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Marfa, Texas

Texas is another great option for winter travel nurse assignments! The small, artistic town of Marfa is located in far West Texas, with less than 2,000 residents. This destination is perfect for travel nurses who want a dose of sunshine, quiet, and a little quirkiness. Its most famous attraction is an empty, nonfunctional Prada storefront—one of the unique public art installations. If you’re hungry, try Food Shark, a converted school bus-turned-food truck where you can enjoy live music and drinks in the beer garden at Planet Marfa.

To make your trip truly memorable, spend at least one night at El Cosmico, where you can stay in a luxury, bohemian teepee or a renovated vintage trailer. Temperatures stay in the 60s throughout the winter, the perfect climate for a campout.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

With plenty of sun, Las Vegas offers travel nurses ideal opportunities to experience world-class hiking with unique scenery. Also, wander through the beautiful Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, enjoy a Cirque de Soliel show, and even try your luck at one of the 30 casinos on the strip. And since you’re travel nursing in the off-season, you’ll save money on accommodations.

Las Vegas is also known for its entertainment and big flashing lights that get even bigger during the holidays. Witness over-the-top Christmas decorations, festive holiday music, and Vegas-sized Christmas spirit to make this destination one of your favorite warm places in December.

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Tampa Bay, Florida

In Tampa Bay, St Pete & Clearwater is the perfect destination to escape the cold. Besides tanning on beautiful beaches, there are many things for travel nurses to try. St Petersburg is home to the Dali Museum, a lively Central Avenue and Waterfront, and truly unique street art. In Clearwater, you can also go on a dolphin-spotting cruise or just relax on nearby Caladesi Island. To top it all off, stay in The DonCesar, located on the beach. This Pink Palace was founded in the 1920s and has hosted many famous guests, including Al Capone and F Scott Fitzgerald. That’s why staying here is basically like visiting a local attraction!

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii, offers things to see and explore like no other. Thanks to the warm weather year-round, you can do traditional Hawaii activities during your stay. Surf or surf watching are popular winter activities as some waves reach up to 20 feet! A few other outdoor experiences travel nurses can enjoy in this warm destination include hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, or sailing. Also, you could make a fun road trip around the island and visit some state and national parks along the way.

Create memories this winter in Hawaii! A travel nursing destination that lets you kick your shoes off and open the windows may be just what the doctor ordered this year. Find the perfect travel nurse contract to escape the cold asap and have a warm winter!

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