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5 warm winter getaways even Santa would approve

5 warm winter getaways even Santa would approve


Let's face it, white Christmases are overrated.


Shelly Cone, November 25, 2013
We all know what Santa Claus does at Christmastime, but what does he do on Dec. 26? He closes shop and heads somewhere that doesn't require a fur-lined coat. Sure a winter wonderland is fun but if fun and sun is more your style do like St. Nick and thaw out at one of these favorite warm winter destinations.  
Yuma, Arizona
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Yuma, Arizona



Head to Yuma for plenty of sunshine and a classic low desert climate. With an annual average of 4,133 hours of sunshine, you'll get away from the cold and snow and bask in activities like golfing and shopping, all among the backdrop of an incredibly scenic landscape. Make sure you navigate those scenic roads like a local with an Arizona travel map.
Corpus Christi, Texas
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Corpus Christi, Texas



For beach lovers, Corpus Christi is the place to be. Often known as a Spring Break getaway, Corpus Christi is also an all-around getaway for folks who looking for a warm winter getaways. Often called the Texas Riviera, warm ocean waters make it the perfect playground for swimming or other water sports and it's a well-known destination for fishing and bird watching. Grab our Most popular Texas travel guide and maybe a little sunscreen and head to Corpus Christi. Better yet, take the scenic road with our Texas Scenic Road Trips and have some fun along the way.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
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Jekyll Island, Georgia



Then of course, there is the quiet pleasure of taking a bike ride through the quaint town that is Jekyll Island, Georgia. Start with our Georgia and Alabama Scenic Road Trips and discover a toasty East Coast winter getaway. Collect seashells in the sand or explore the history of the Barrier Islands. Up for a little more vigorous activity? Jekyll Island has more than 20 miles of biking trails that meander through forest and beaches. Or spend some time lending a helping hand to wildlife in need at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Hospital for ill and injured sea turtles.
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada



What else is there to say? It's Vegas! Nightly shows, gambling and all the buffet you can eat. While the city also has lots of nightlife there is much to do in the day as well. Get pampered by some of the best spas around. Embark on a day trip and check out the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon or the desert beauty that is Death Valley. Golfers can delight in playing the same links as many a celebrity and at signature courses designed by such legendary names as Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus. Before you go pick up one of our Las Vegas InsideOut Guides which feature both an origami-style PopOut travel map and a travel guide.
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California



Who can forget California when talking about warm winter getaways? Anywhere you can ring in the new year while wearing a bikini can't be bad and San Diego is definitely that place. Take your snorkeling gear and tour San Diego from an underwater perspective. Not a fan of getting your head wet? Then view things from above on a kayak tour. Take a cruise excursion on the water outside of San Diego or go on a gondola adventure. Much of life in San Diego revolves around the water but there is plenty to do on land as well. Visit the San Diego Zoo, take in a professional football game or take a hot air balloon ride. Getting around to all the activities is easy with the San Diego InsideOut Guide. So much fun is possible in this warm weather getaway.


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