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Seeking Sun? Weekend Getaways to Soak up Some Rays 

posted: 01/19/17
by: Katie Morton
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When temperatures dip down to the single digits, summer's warm rays seem a lifetime away. The good news: there's always an affordable weekend getaway nearby. Here are our top picks to help you defrost and soak up some premium Vitamin D.

1. Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic is the best option for travelers craving an international, sunny site for a steal. Beach lovers flock to the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic during winter to revel in Punta Cana's perfect, 80-degree sunshine. During the right months, you can often book a full week's vacation for less than $1,000 per traveller--leaving you extra money to bring your snow-bound friends souvenirs!

2. Orlando

Of course, we all think of Orlando as theme park mecca. But, Orlando is actually an activity-filled, sun-seeker's winter dream--even if you have no interest in visiting Mickey and Minnie. Plane tickets and local hotel fares are surprisingly affordable in January and February. Since the kids are in school, most families hold off on visiting--making Orlando an economical choice for a quick sunshine fix.

If you do decide to hit up the parks, then opt for combo tickets to multiple attractions for the best value. Check out combo ticket options online, before you go.

4. Cabos San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is a winter weather escapee's paradise. The mild temps make for pleasant sunbathing. Moreover, if the great outdoors is high on your list, winter is peak season for whale watching. And, if your idea of vacation involves umbrella drinks and music, there are plenty of local hotspots to keep the party going well after the sun goes down.

5. Cozumel

The Caribbean island of Cozumel sits a dozen coastal miles from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. While Cozumel's beaches are postcard fodder, it's the island's underwater scenery that draws visitors from around the globe. Aqua blue, crystal water is home to the planet's second largest barrier reef--teeming with reef fish, coral, shark, whales, rays, and sea turtle. Snorkelers and divers from beginner to pro can experience stunning dive spots and jaw-dropping wildlife.

Once back on dry land, Cozumel's multiple parks, ruins, and museums won't disappoint even the most avid sightseers.

6. Bermuda

With fine dining, five-star hotels, and world-class golf, Bermuda is known as a summer playground for the wealthy. But don't overlook Bermuda during the winter months! Bermuda's off-season, daytime weather is still temperate enough to give you a break from bundling up, and the off-season prices are enticing. Best of all, Bermuda's just a two-hour flight from many places on the East Coast (shorter than some of our morning commutes)!

You won't be swimming in the ocean water, which is admittedly chilly this time of year. But, if you're looking to walk on the beach to unwind, tee off on the course, and enjoy world-class meals, then a mid-winter jaunt to Bermuda may be your ticket. For more on Bermuda travel, visit Go to Bermuda.

This year, don't let the winter blues get you down. Open your calendar, pick a weekend, and escape winter's cruel chill at one of our top warm weather destinations. Just don't forget to pack your shades and the sunblock!