Sunny, affordable escapes for winter
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In winter, there are two types of people: those who are cold and those who are warm. Claim your spot in the second camp without draining the vacation coffers.
These 10 sunny destinations offer warm days and cheap deals. So go ahead, ditch the mittens and hop a plane to hotter climes.
Panama City Beach, Fla.
Let Panama City Beach soothe your winter woes with its white-sand beaches, emerald water, and an annual average of 320 days of sunshine. Throughout January, Osprey on the Gulf and Driftwood Lodge (both highly rated by TripAdvisor users) have a special rate of $50 per night. Through April, one-bedroom condo units at participating Sterling Resorts start at $36 per night, with added perks like yoga classes on the beach and fishing excursions.
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Ditch the snow for the sand of Hawaii. Pleasant Holidays' Hawaii Winter Sale adds a free convertible, SUV, Jeep, or minivan rental onto already impressive five-night air-and-hotel package prices at resorts across the islands. Sample prices include $599 for round-trip airfare from Oakland plus accommodations at the Maile Sky Court on Oahu or $779 from Seattle with a stay at Maui's Kaanapali Ocean Inn. Even better, many of the participating resorts offer free stays for kids under 17.
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South Padre Island, Texas
Reclaim some of winter's lost vitamin D on sunny South Padre Island. Expedia's