North Beach, Miami Beach
Flight time: 2½ hours from Reagan National and BWI.
Average high in December: 78.
Game plan: North Beach—with its low-slung, MiMo (Miami Modern) buildings and thinner crowds—is South Beach’s mellower cousin. It’s home to some wonderfully funky Latin American eateries; before hitting the white sand, grab an empanada or arepa from pint-size Venezuelan Moises Bakery (7310 Collins Ave.; 305-868-0548).