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12 Affordable Winter Escapes

Planning a winter getaway? There are some great options to can select from, but keep in mind that, while winter tends to be low season for most destinations, the time around Christmas and New Year’s jumps into peak season territory, with nearly every hotel and resort on the planet hiking up its rates. The restaurants, cafes, and bars too charge premium prices. But the good news is that there are some amazing winter escapes that can be affordable. Here are some of them.

bahamasThe Bahamas – If you are thinking of escaping the cold of Canada or the Northern USA, then you can go to the Bahamas. You’ll love the warm waters here to go swimming, fishing, snorkeling, or scuba diving. You can swim with dolphins or just get that tan on your corner of the beach.

Tulum, Mexico – Tulum is located on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico along the Mayan Riviera. You will find almost everything here, from mega resorts to Mayan ruins, pristine beaches to giant sea turtles and virgin forests. Cancun can be costly, but moving just south down the coast can give you tranquility and better prices.

Puerto Rico – With its rain forests, old cities, and beautiful beaches, Puerto Rice can make for the right winter getaway. Some of the beaches on the island are also among the best in the world. It can be a Caribbean dream destination, and the prices can be quite reasonable.

San Francisco, CA, USASan Francisco – Head to the West Coast of the US to San Francisco this winter and tour some of the town’s main attractions, like Chinatown, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. There are many fantastic restaurants too in the city. It is especially affordable if you can avoid traveling during the weekend.

Orlando, Florida – Orlando is full of adventures. Visit animal parks, go on helicopter tours, and see some exotic animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Don’t miss Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World Resort—the biggest draws of the area.

The Beaches of Thailand – The beaches at Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, and elsewhere in Thailand are pristine. The blue turquoise waters of the sea, limestone cliffs, hidden coves and sea caves, coral reefs, and colorful marine life will make your holiday memorable.

Mediterranean-CruiseMediterranean Cruise – It’s the ultimate cruising experience. The ships are fantastic and the day-trips are to some of the most historic and beautiful cities. You could visit Barcelona, Marseilles, Rome, Naples, Greece, and even touch the shores of Africa.

Bali, Indonesia – Bali in Indonesia is another top destination that is a must visit. With white sands, beautiful villages, and lush forests, Bali is a postcard-worthy destination.

Dubai – Dubai is a perfect getaway for the winter. There is the Burj Khalifa, giving you spectacular views, as well as some of the biggest malls in the world. Plus, you could experience desert safari.

Rajasthan,_IndiaRajasthan, India – The Indian state of Rajasthan is home to the Thar Desert, which, naturally, is very hot during the summer. But the winter is a different story. You can go on a desert safari and visit the huge palaces and forts at Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur, which will take you back to the time of the Maharajas.

Hawaii – The islands of Hawaii offer stunning views. You could go on nature walks or simply relax in the winter sun at the beach. There is nature everywhere for you to enjoy.

Egypt – There is, of course, the Pyramids and the incredible museum in Cairo, but Egypt offers much more. There is a lot of sun and fun at the resorts on the Red Sea, and Shark’s Bay is the place to go for snorkeling and deep sea diving. You could also spend a night at an oasis in the desert.