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9 Affordable Cities for Winter Sun

You know how it is: winter’s here, the temperature’s low and everyone’s stuck indoors. You need a break—without breaking the bank.

Here are the warmest, most affordable destinations in the States and beyond. We’ve based the prices on a week in an average two-bed rental for the area. Don’t get caught out by peak season pricing—be inspired to escape the snow and plan your sizzling vacation now!

In the United States

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas: $546

A waterfall plunges over rocks in Hot Springs Village, AR.

Hot Springs National Park draws thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. The 143-degree natural thermal springs in the park have made this place a classic winter vacation destination for more than a century. Why not see it for yourself?

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Davenport, Florida: $567

Davenport is a little town in Florida’s popular Orlando region. Disney World is the number one reason that families flock here each year in the winter. Plus, the award-winning golf courses draw visitors seeking out a day in the sun.

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia: $596

Horses run along the beach in Chincoteague Island.

The beautiful shoreline is Chincoteague Island’s greatest attraction. The beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and building sandcastles. Another popular activity is renting bicycles and touring the island’s country roads. As you ride, keep an eye out for the famous wild ponies of Chincoteague.

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Murphy, North Carolina: $626

Murphy is an excellent starting point for adventures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore beautiful overlooks and waterfall sites here like Benton Falls. Rent a convertible and take the famous Cherohala Skyway drive as it winds through Cherokee and the Nantahala Forests.

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Surfside Beach, South Carolina: $643

Surrounded by wildlife and miles of amazing beaches, the community of Surfside Beach has everything you need for a relaxing vacation in the sun. Cheer on the runners taking part in the Myrtle Beach Marathon in February, and take a walk around Brookgreen Gardens, which features a Low Country Trail with native wildlife exhibits.

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Winter Sun Abroad

Cape Verde, Africa: $396

A scenic shot of Cape Verde from above.

Cape Verde is a collection of islands in West Africa where exquisite views and water sports are everywhere. Some of the most popular activities here are fishing, kite surfing, and jet skiing. The island of Fogo showcases Pico de Fogo, an active volcano. It’san adventure to tour the surroundings and many travelers enjoy doing so on horseback or foot.

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Mindanao, Philippines: $304

A boat sits on the beach in Mindanao.

As the Philippines’ second largest island, Mindanao is truly breathtaking Explore the tropical rainforest and connect with the indigenous mountain tribes living nearby. Tourists soak up the sun on the beach while watching children grab the daily catch in their nets. Consider taking a guided trip up Mount Apo, an inactive volcano that’s perfect for explorers.

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Essaouira, Morocco: $366

Camels walk through the desert in Essaouira.

Travelers come to Essaouria to relax in spectacular surroundings that feature dramatic sunsets and windswept beaches. The city showcases French and Portuguese architecture and provides a wealth of culture, arts, and history for visitors to enjoy. Outdoor enthusiasts can go swimming and boating, while nature lovers appreciate the unique hikes around the area.

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Salcette, India: $382

Visit the Salcette District in Goa, India, for world-class beaches, amazing architecture and relaxing spas. According to TripAdvisor reviews, Benaluim, Betalbatim, and Mobor are three of the top beaches in the area. Since January and February are quite dry, you’re all but guaranteed time in the sun to escape the winter blues.

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