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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Panama( Susan Carpenter, McClatchy-Tribune / December 25, 2009 )
Distance from Baltimore: About a five-hour flight, nonstop
Why it's hot: Panama has more than 1,600 islands. Its lush coasts and its wildlife have given rise to eco-tourism and medical tourism.
Don't miss: The Panama Canal. If you want stay off the beaten path, consider the tiny Cala Mia boutique hotel, off Panama's western Pacific coast. The island resort is run at last in part on solar power and you'll need to get there by boat.
Information: Go to visitpanama.com