Published On: Jan 16 2013 11:49:23 AM CSTUpdated On: Dec 16 2014 01:00:00 AM CST
Beat the cold weather blahs with these 10 sunny, affordable winter escapes from Smarter Travel.
It may seem like a pricey destination, but deals for the Bahamas abound. Some resorts offer $300 off stays of six nights or more while Atlantis Resort offers winter rates from $65 per person per night, with kids 12 and under eating free.
Get a free convertible, SUV, Jeep or minivan rental added onto five-night air-and-hotel package prices at Pleasant Holidays resorts across the islands. Many offer free stays for kids under 17.
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Enter the promo code PROLOW for accommodations, treats like wine and cookies, beach amenities and parking from $139 per night at the Inn at Laguna Beach through February.
Skip Mardi Gras and find deals galore in the Big Easy at NewOrleansOnline.com, like accommodations and breakfast for two adults (and up to two children) at the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel from $159 per night.
JetBlue is bundling round-trip airfare and accommodations for Walt Disney World getaways this winter for prices as low as $285 per person with airfare from Washington, D.C.
South Padre Island, Texas
Fly to this sunny beach destination for as little as $533 per person round trip from Chicago and three nights at the Blue Bay Inn & Suites through Expedia's Winter Paradise sale.
Palm Springs, Calif.
Check out VisitPalmSprings.com for a list of current deals that include free nights and discounts of up to 40 percent at local hotels and resorts.
Panama City Beach, Fla.
Stay at Osprey on the Gulf and Driftwood Lodge for $50 per night through January. Through April, one-bedroom condo units at participating Sterling Resorts start at $36 per night, according to Smarter Travel.
San Diego's SUNsational deals are among many available in this Southern California hot spot during the winter, with hotel deals ranging from about $50 to $180 per night.
Sanibel Island, Fla.
Click here to read more about these winter travel deals from Smarter Travel.
Rates start at $149 per night at the four hotels on the island -- Sanibel Inn, Sanibel Sunset Beach Inn, Seaside Inn, or Song of the Sea. Stay two nights and receive $50 credit with the Winter Escape promotion from Luxury Resorts, according to Smarter Travel.
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