Travel and Leisure — October 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Ultimate Weekend Getaways

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With the cooler weather comes the inevitable yearning for warmer climates and tropical treats. Satisfy your need for heat even when Jack Frost is at his fiercest with this guide to short but sweet getaways guaranteed to top up your Vitamin D stores for the next few months.

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Whether you want to stay in a 4.5 star resort or would prefer hitting up a hotel and casino, a few days in Puerto Rico is the perfect antidote to winter and the good news is, your mini getaway won’t cost you an arm and a leg. There are plenty of deals to be found on travel packages that include 3 nights accommodating, airfare, and just enough time in the sun to make winter back home a little more tolerable. When you’re there, be sure to check out one of the many incredible tapas bars and take in some fabulous historical sites like Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

Paradise Island, Bahamas
For travelers who want to make the most of their short time away, Paradise Island is a dream come true. Postcard-perfect beaches are the ideal spot to soak up much needed Vitamin D and catch up on some leisure reading, should you be so inclined. If you’d prefer to stay busy, head over to the Atlantis resort where casinos, a water park, exciting restaurants, and an incredibly cool aquarium all provide non-stop entertainment for travelers who want to cram in as much fun into a short time as possible.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Countless all-inclusive resorts are waiting for you to come and take advantage of their all-you-can-eat buffets, free-flowing drinks, dreamy beaches, and abundance of poolside lounge chairs. Flights to Puerto Plata tend to be relatively inexpensive and most resorts can be accessed by a quick, cheap cab ride. You won’t have to break the bank to stay at a perfectly nice resort and most agree that the sheer bliss of being able to escape the daily grind, mundane responsibilities (like preparing one’s own meals), and most of all, the bitter cold, is well worth the price.

West Palm Beach, Florida
Delicious dining, inexpensive accommodations, and a hopping nightlife all come together to make West Palm Beach the perfect place for the winter-weary to recharge their batteries. Spend some time wandering the palm-lined streets, take in some outdoor concerts, visit the Norton Museum of Art, or just take a stroll on the waterfront and take in the amazing views. A mix of chain hotels and quaint luxury cottages offer something for just about everyone and price points are incredibly accessible. Flight deals are common so check frequently and book your trip to West Palm Beach ASAP.

Tulum, Mexico
Snorkeling in a massive natural park, breathtaking cenotes, awe-inspiring ruins… what more could you ask for? How about sunny beaches, turquoise water, and the chance to truly relax this winter. Whether you’re an active traveler or prefer to just catch up on some much-needed beach naps, Tulum is the perfect place for a quick escape that promises to leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the cold.

San Jose, Costa Rica
Head to Costa Rica’s largest city to take advantage of the thriving culture, incredible weather and some of the best coffee you’ve ever tasted. With an abundance of museums, theatres, restaurants, and parks, it’s hard to get bored, especially in a short period of time. Feeling adventurous? Book a motorcycle tour and see the sights from a thrilling perspective. The National Park is a tropical paradise featuring waterfalls, volcano views, and plenty of local flora and fauna. Throw in a visit to some ruins, a relaxing dinner out, and you’ve got yourself a weekend to remember.

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