Serious Savings on Affordable Winter Getaways to Escape the Cold Temps

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When you’re ready for the warmer temperatures to return, but you have zero patience to wait on Mother Nature, there are some great travel destinations that are easy to get to, cheap when you land, and (obviously) no heavy down jacket is required. Whether you’re planning a last-minute excursion or booking far in advance, there’s absolutely no reason you need to pay full price for your joy.

So pack light, add the flip-flops back into your wardrobe, and dust off your swimsuit because we have some winter escaping to do — and deals to score!

6 Affordable Winter Destinations

  1. Islamorada, Florida

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Forget the theme rides in Disney and downtown dance clubs in Miami. Islamorada is a tropical island getaway you won’t need a passport to get into. Islamorada is surrounded by the Florida Keys, the Everglades National Park, and the waters of the Florida Strait.

If fishing is what you’re after, Islamorada is the premier destination for offshore fishing and saltwater fly-fishing throughout its islands lying between Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Professional charter boats and tournament-grade captains, sailfish, marlin and kingfish, to name a few, will be within your reach. But Islamorada is much more than a place to catch amazing fish.

  1. Tybee Island — Savannah, Georgia

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From haunted historical homes to a wild night of cabaret and karaoke to feeling the Atlantic Ocean breeze on Tybee Island, Savannah offers something for everyone. Just 20 minutes from the heart of Savannah, experience Tybee Island year-round and explore the quaint cottages and inns along the shore.

Downtown South Beach is the most popular destination for its beach shops, restaurants and bars, while North Beach is home to the Tybee Island Lighthouse along with quirky shops, historic landmarks and a quiet stretch of beach. You might even spot a dolphin or two frolicking in the sea.

  1. Catalina Island, California

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About 20 miles away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles sits Catalina Island, where the pace is slower, and island life begins. You’ll have two towns to choose from: the incorporated city of Avalon and the unincorporated village of Two Harbors. Outdoor options include kayaking, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling, golfing at Catalina Island Golf Course, and much more.

  1. Costa Rica

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Connecting North and South America, Costa Rica is one of the top tourist destinations, especially when it’s miserably cold back home. Explore the rainforests, volcanoes and waterfalls, or go diving into a pristine coral reef and the world-famous National Park of Cocos island.

Costa Rica is a dream destination for anyone who enjoys surfing, yoga, eco-friendly tourism and organic food. Make time to check out some of the unique wildlife Costa Rica boasts, including spider monkeys, sloths, anteaters and sea turtles. Find out the travel requirements before booking your trip to Costa Rica.

  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Punta Cana is the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic and is along the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Known for its long white sand coastlines and cloud-reaching palms, Punta Cana is a destination for rest and relaxation by the sea from any of the all-inclusive resorts.

Visitors can go on a caving exploration or off-road safari, beach hop, windsurf, kayak or snorkel along with underwater life, living out their best lives among the shipwrecks of the warm Caribbean waters. Five-star resorts are around $300, but there are ample options for cheaper accommodations. Check out the travel restrictions before booking your Punta Cana vacation.

  1. The Bahamas

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When you visit The Bahamas, you’ll have your choice of 16 major islands and “100,000 square miles of the world’s clearest ocean.” If you’re looking for adventures on or in the ocean or island hopping to explore the culture and vibe each one offers, The Bahamas is unmatched. And You simply can’t forget to visit the famous (and ridiculously adorable) swimming pigs. Check out the travel requirements before booking your trip to The Bahamas.