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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Captiva & Sanibel Islands, Fla.( Ellen Creager, MCT / January 4, 2008 )
Distance from Baltimore: 1,206 miles, about a three-hour flight to nearby Sarasota
Why it's hot: A narrow strait separates Sanibel Island from its smaller sister island Captiva. Located on the southwestern coast of the Florida panhandle, the islands are home to pet-friendly beaches, wildlife refuges, and lively nightlife scenes. Sunshine is abundant on the islands and winters are usually mild, with average daytime temperatures in the 70s or 80s.
Don't miss: Searching for seashells. The islands are nicknamed "The Shell Islands" and rank as some of the best islands in the world for shelling. Gulf waters deposit shells from southern seas along Sanibel and Captiva's shorelines. Skim the beaches in North Captiva after low tide for whelk, conch, scallop and other shells.
Information: Go to www.sanibel-captiva.org, 239-472-1080