Sit back, close your eyes and picture your dream vacation destination. Are you envisioning warm tropical breezes, swaying palm trees and tropical drinks with little umbrellas? Or are you thinking of white-capped mountain peaks, falling snow and a crackling fire? When it comes to the eternal beach vs. mountains debate, both are clear winners for differing reasons. Check out our list of five things to love about each option.
Why beaches are best
1. Year-round warm weather
Especially for travelers looking to escape harsh winters, most beach destinations offer sunny skies, balmy weather and warm breezes much of the year. Did you know Miami’s average high temperature in February is 75 degrees? Even Southern California beach communities like San Diego, Malibu and Newport Beach boast beautiful year-round weather.
2. Wonderful watersports
While many beachgoers simply want a lounge chair and a good book, beach getaways are also great for the more active set. Depending on the beach you choose, you’ll find all kinds of great on-the-water (and in-the-water) activities. Spend sunny days sailing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding, surfing or even parasailing.
3. A sunny social scene
You’re not the only one who loves the beach — a vibrant social scene usually emerges as people flock to the shore. Whether you prefer casual beachside restaurants, al fresco fine dining, or clubs and nightlife, you can find it all in many beach towns.
4. Ample opportunities to relax
There’s something about the sound of crashing waves that washes away all your worries. Go ahead: Tie up that hammock between two palm trees, climb in and start to unwind!
5. Easy to access
Getting to a great beach doesn’t require lots of logistics and multiple modes of transportation. Jetsetters can easily access popular beach destinations on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts with direct flights, even if you only have a few days to spend.
Why mountains are a must
1. Cozy time
Is there anything more idyllic than a mountain home in winter? With snow falling outside and a warm fire inside, a mountain retreat is the perfect place for a winter getaway. Who needs to go outside, anyway?
2. Outdoor adventures
When the mountains are calling, bundle up and head out to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or even dogsledding! Plus, if you’re lucky enough to have a second home in a popular resort destination like Lake Tahoe, Vail or Aspen, you could even enjoy ski-in, ski-out access.
3. Apres-ski activities
After a long day on the slopes, there’s no better way to relax than with a craft cocktail and an award-winning meal. In popular ski destinations like Breckenridge and Park City, you’ll find world-class cuisine just steps from the ski lifts.
4. Natural beauty
There’s something almost magical about life in the mountains. A mountain retreat encourages disconnecting from the hustle and bustle (set the smartphone down!) and reconnecting with the simpler pleasures of life. Gorgeous mountain vistas and incredible flora and fauna don’t hurt, either!
5. Superb solitude
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of … silence. People seeking peace and quiet often head to higher altitudes to escape the crowds, surround themselves with nature and enjoy the myriad benefits of a little time to themselves.
Beach vs. mountain: Find your ideal escape
No matter your choice, Pacaso offers a smarter way to buy and own a second home. As a co-owner of a Pacaso, you never have to worry about maintenance or management. Simply arrive, unpack and hit the beach — or the slopes. Check out our latest listings.