Photos: 11 Best Winter Getaways to Lock in NOW

We know you'd rather not think about the depths of winter when the summer sun is still bright. But booking your dream deep-winter vacation now-whether it's skiing the Rockies, exploring a tropical volcano, or just hanging on a pristine beach-can nail down a price that's within your reach.

By , Thursday, Sep 6, 2012, 2:00 PM

Source Article: Photos: 11 Best Winter Getaways to Lock in NOW


Oahu offers some of Hawaii's most iconic scenery and world-class beaches.

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Waikiki beach

Waikiki Beach, lined with resorts and a magnet for surfers, is sometimes called the world's greatest beach.

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palm tree bay

Palms gently rustling in the Pacific breeze on Oahu.

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Magic Kingdom

Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

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Wyndham Orlando

One of Wyndham Orlando Resort's three swimming pools.

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Sea World

An orca greets visitors during a show at SeaWorld Orlando.

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La Parguera

Puerto Rico's La Parguera.

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Walls of Old San Juan

A view of the walls of Old San Juan, including a sentry box.

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Cobblestone Street

The winding, cobblestone streets of Old San Juan at sunset.

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San Felipe de Neri Church

San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque's historic Old Town Plaza.

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Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Crowds cheer the ascending balloons at Albuquerque's Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

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New Mexico Museum of Natural History

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque.

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Costa Rica's Monteverde, with its cloud forests, was one of the world's first eco-tourism sites.

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San Jose

An aerial view of Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose.

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Arenal Volcano

Cabins at the base of Arenal, a genuine smoking, lava-spewing volcano in Costa Rica.

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Homewood Suites Bozeman

The lobby at Homewood Suites Bozeman, a cozy home away from home in the heart of this Montana college town and popular ski destination.

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Bozeman Mountains

Early morning in the Bridger Mountains, a mecca for Montana powder hounds, near Bozeman.

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The Montana Rockies are among the finest, and lesser-visited, ski destinations in the U.S.

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Ski Slope

Cortina d"Ampezzo, in the Dolomite Mountains, was the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics.

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Skip Slopes

Cortina d"Ampezzo has long drawn a glitzy crowd, including movie stars and royalty, for its awesome slopes and authentic, surprisingly Teutonic vibe.

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Cortina d'Ampezzo's strict zoning means the town can sometimes resemble a fairy tale.

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Pacific Edge Hotel

Pacific Edge Hotel, in Laguna Beach, Calif., is located just steps from the classic stretch of surf and sand.

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Pacific sunsets have been luring folks to Orange County's beaches for decades.

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Pacific Edge Hotel

The view from the beachside Pacific Edge Hotel.

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Nha Thang, Vietnam

While airfare to Nha Trang, Vietnam, isn't cheap, once you're there, food and hotel rates are quite reasonable.

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Nha Trang

Ideal for snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing, Nha Trang may be the world's most perfect beach.

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Nha Thang, Vietnam

Nha Trang's sand is so inviting, some visitors don't bother to visit major Vietnamese cities like Saigon and Hanoi.

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Aerial view

An aerial view of Smugglers' Notch ski resort, in Vermont's Green Mountains.

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Indoor play room

Smugglers' Notch features plenty to keep every member of the family busy, including this indoor play area.

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Skiing isn't the only must-do activity at Smugglers' Notch—some people come just for the snowboarding.

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Holiday Resort in Tulum

Holiday Resort in Tulum, Mexico, on the Caribbean coast.

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Mayan ruins

Cliff-hugging Mayan ruins at Tulum.

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ancient stone ruins

An aerial view of the ancient stone ruins of the Mayan civilization at Tulum.

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