100 hot and cold winter getaways [Pictures]
By now we're all three layers deep into our down-filled parkas and up to our ankles in slushy, cold white stuff. Perhaps a winter getaway is not in order. Maybe a beach vacation? But whether you like it hot or cold, here are 100 destinations sure to hit the spot.
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Caribbean cruise( Andy Newman Photo, Carnival Cruise Lines / October 21, 2009 )
Why it's hot: It's easy and simple - lodgings, food and entertainment are all in one place. And there's this added benefit: Your itinerary has already been planned. To top it all off, you don't even need to get on an airplane - two major cruise lines depart the port of Baltimore year-round. Both Royal Carribean and Carnival offer cruises that include port calls in warm places like the Bahamas, Port Canaveral, Fla., St. Maarten, Haiti and Puerto Rico.
Don't miss: The private islands. Carnival has Half Moon Cay and Royal Caribbean has CocoCay. Even with thousands of other passengers sharing the tiny spits of land, you can usually find a place that will make it feel like your own little world.
Information: Go to royalcaribbean.com or carnival.com. For a schedule of sailings, go to cruise.maryland.gov.