When the cold winter is truly set in and you feel like you haven’t seen the sun for a long while, there’s only one thing to do. Heat things up! Fly away, somewhere sunny and hot, with beautiful beaches and smiling people.
It was dark when you left in the morning for work and it’s dark on the way back home? White sand and warm waters are possible (and affordable) even in winter! Holidays aren’t just for summer.  Maybe it’s time to have a look at some of the great winter holiday ideas these exotic beaches have to offer.

FLORIDA: South Beach – Miami, St. Petersburg or Florida Keys

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Visit Website (For tips)/Photo Credit to smartdestinations.com
Visit (Official) Website: miamibeachfl.gov

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Visit (Official) Websites: stpete.org / visitstpeteclearwater.com

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Visit (Official) Websites: fla-keys.com / floridakeys.noaa.gov

CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles (Santa Monica, Malibu), San Diego or Laguna Beach (Orange County)

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Visit Websites: lacity.org / latourist.com

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Visit (Official) Website/Photo Credit to sandiego.org
Visit Also (Official): sandiego.gov

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Visit (Official) Websites: lagunabeachinfo.com / lagunabeachcity.net

ALABAMA: Orange Beach (Baldwin County)

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Visit Website/Photo Credit to gulfshores.com
Visit Also (Official):  orangebeach.ws

GEORGIA’s Golden Isles: St. Simons Island

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Visit (Official) Websites: explorestsimonsisland.com / stsimonsguide.com / stsimonsislandexperience.com

PUERTO RICO: Rincon

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Photo Credit to surfbang.com (by John Zanussi)
Visit (Official) Websites: rincon.org / rinconvacations.com / rincon-pr.com

HAWAII: Kauai or Maui

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Photo Credit to willgoto.com
Visit (Official) Websites: gohawaii.com / kauaifestivals.com

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Photo Credit to worldfortravel.com
Visit (Official) Website: gohawaii.com

COSTA RICA

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Visit (Official) Website/Photo Credit to anywherecostarica.com
Visit Also (Highly Recommended): huffingtonpost.com

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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Visit (Official) Website/Photo Credit to godominicanrepublic.com

BRASIL: Rio de Jeneiro

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Visit Website/Photo Credit to visitriodejaneirobrasil.com

MEXICO: Cancun or Cabo San Lucas (Bajo Island)

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Photo Credit to world-placez.blogspot.com
Visit (Official) Website: cancun.travel

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Photo Credit to blog.itrip.net

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Photo Credit to cntraveler.com