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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.

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

    (Koichi Harada / Dreamstime.com)
  2. Waikiki Beach, lined with resorts and a magnet for surfers, is sometimes called the world's greatest beach.

    (Tomas Del Amo / Dreamstime.com)
  3. Palms gently rustling in the Pacific breeze on Oahu.

    (Robert Roe / Dreamstime.com)
  4. Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

    (Marshall Turner / Dreamstime.com)
  5. One of Wyndham Orlando Resort's three swimming pools.

    (Courtesy Wyndham Orlando Resort)
  6. An orca greets visitors during a show at SeaWorld Orlando.

    (Ivan Cholakov / Dreamstime.com)
  7. Puerto Rico's La Parguera.

    (George Oze Photography / SuperStock)
  8. A view of the walls of Old San Juan, including a sentry box.

    (George Oze Photography / SuperStock)
  9. The winding, cobblestone streets of Old San Juan at sunset.

    (George Oze Photography / SuperStock)
  10. San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque's historic Old Town Plaza.

    (James Feliciano / Dreamstime.com)
  11. Crowds cheer the ascending balloons at Albuquerque's Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

    (Benkrut / Dreamstime.com)
  12. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque.

    (Bambi L. Dingman / Dreamstime.com)
  13. Costa Rica's Monteverde, with its cloud forests, was one of the world's first eco-tourism sites.

    (Timurk / Dreamstime.com)
  14. An aerial view of Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose.

    (Celso Diniz / Dreamstime.com)
  15. Cabins at the base of Arenal, a genuine smoking, lava-spewing volcano in Costa Rica.

    (Triciadaniel / Dreamstime.com)
  16. The lobby at Homewood Suites Bozeman, a cozy home away from home in the heart of this Montana college town and popular ski destination.

    (Jessie Moore/Courtesy Homewood Suites Bozeman)
  17. Early morning in the Bridger Mountains, a mecca for Montana powder hounds, near Bozeman.

    (Robert Scoverski / Dreamstime.com)
  18. The Montana Rockies are among the finest, and lesser-visited, ski destinations in the U.S.

    (Exactostock / SuperStock)
  19. Cortina d"Ampezzo, in the Dolomite Mountains, was the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics.

    (Farek / Dreamstime.com)
  20. Cortina d"Ampezzo has long drawn a glitzy crowd, including movie stars and royalty, for its awesome slopes and authentic, surprisingly Teutonic vibe.

    (Norman7 / Dreamstime.com)
  21. Cortina d'Ampezzo's strict zoning means the town can sometimes resemble a fairy tale.

    (Zheng Min / Dreamstime.com)
  22. Pacific Edge Hotel, in Laguna Beach, Calif., is located just steps from the classic stretch of surf and sand.

    (Courtesy Pacific Edge Hotel)
  23. Pacific sunsets have been luring folks to Orange County's beaches for decades.

    (Courtesy Pacific Edge Hotel)
  24. The view from the beachside Pacific Edge Hotel.

    (Courtesy Pacific Edge Hotel)
  25. While airfare to Nha Trang, Vietnam, isn't cheap, once you're there, food and hotel rates are quite reasonable.

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

    (4july81 / Dreamstime.com)
  27. Nha Trang's sand is so inviting, some visitors don't bother to visit major Vietnamese cities like Saigon and Hanoi.

    (age fotostock / SuperStock)
  28. An aerial view of Smugglers' Notch ski resort, in Vermont's Green Mountains.

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

    (Courtesy Smugglers' Notch, Vermont)
  30. Skiing isn't the only must-do activity at Smugglers' Notch—some people come just for the snowboarding.

    (Courtesy Smugglers' Notch, Vermont)
  31. Holiday Resort in Tulum, Mexico, on the Caribbean coast.

    (Atanasbozhikov / Dreamstime.com)
  32. Cliff-hugging Mayan ruins at Tulum.

    (Luciany / Dreamstime.com)
  33. An aerial view of the ancient stone ruins of the Mayan civilization at Tulum.

    (Tom Dowd / Dreamstime.com)

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