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4 Warm Destinations to Beat the Winter Blues

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Chances are, if you’re living in the Northeast, Midwest, or parts of the Southeast, you’re preparing for blustery and cold weather, morning frost on your car’s windshield, and those dreaded winter storm warnings. But if you’re ready to escape the cold, here are a few destinations to beat the winter blues.

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Miami, Florida
From December 3–6, art lovers unite in Miami for Art Basel. During the four-day event, museums and galleries host a series of events to showcase the world of fine art. The festival is also known for attracting fashionable crowds and A-list celebrities such as Beyoncé, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diddy, and Swizz Beatz, to name a few. The W Hotel, JW Marriott, and the Freehand Hotel all host parties and insider events during this time. For insight on the hottest hotels, check out MiamiBeaches.com.  

Costa Rica
Costa Rica, with its lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, exotic wildlife, and rumbling volcanoes, is a great affordable family vacation. The best time to visit Costa Rica is during the dry season—from mid-December to April. The Pacuare Lodge is highly recommended for its cultural activities such as zip-lining, incredible candle-lit meals, and luxurious accommodations in the middle of a jungle.

St. Croix
From December 11 to January 2, St. Croix hosts the Crucian Christmas CarnivalEvents including calypso shows, Latin music venues, food fairs, horse races, and parades are held in both Christiansted and Frederiksted. For an elegant resort with top-notch service and endless blue ocean views, the Buccaneer Hotel is perfect.

Scottsdale, Arizona
Beyond the desert, Scottsdale is home to world-class restaurants, golf resorts, and spas. Scottsdale, also known as the desert version of South Beach, features the Gilbert Ortega Museum & Gallery, famous for its turquoise and silver jewelry pieces; rock climbing; hiking; and biking adventures. According to travel experts, some of the best weather in Scottsdale can be found from November through April. For top-notch service and a relaxing stay, check out The Phoenician, Scottsdale, which offers golf courses, a great pool, and luxurious rooms.