With epic snowstorms blanketing much of the East Coast in thick layers of snow, there is little denying that winter is officially here. Many people seem to have grown a serious aversion to the cold, and – as a result – have set their sights on warmer climates south of the equator. For travelers seeking to spend their holiday basking in the tropical sun, Fiji may be a top choice. A South Pacific nation comprised of roughly 322 smaller islands, Fiji has much to offer the international traveler looking to spend their vacation relaxing. The Mamanuca Islands and the Islands of Nadi Bay provide lush views of clear blue water and acres of unspoiled rainforest. The archipelago lies in the middle of a large lagoon flanked by the Malolo Barrier Reef and Viti Levu, and the chain lies within a weather belt that earns it the distinction of possessing the South Pacific’s “highest sunshine factor.” For travelers who enjoy the wilderness and vegetation of the region, the island of Taveuni is home to the county’s largest collection of native flora and fauna, granting it the title of “the Garden Island of Fiji.” Travelers would be advised to visit during the peak dry season from July through September, as the weather is most pleasant and reef water is at its clearest.