Oahu Hawaii beach hotelSnow, sleet, frozen rain, and black ice, wet, drizzle, frostbitten fingertips, and the never-ending bundle-up -- has the cold winter weather got you down? Well, come then, dream with me. Let's escape (if only in our minds) to several warm-weather vacation hot spots. Sun, sand, and flip flops, where are the best summery-type locales to head to when it's cold and dreary at home?

Maybe you really are planning a warm-weather getaway this winter -- and if so, lucky you. But if not, close your eyes and go with me. I swear it gets a few degrees warmer after the jump.

5 Warm-Weather Places to Visit This Winter (even if it's only in your mind)

Oahu, Hawaii

Oh, Oahu, what a lovely, warm place to get away from the winter blues. Swimming, surfing, and snorkeling, visit Waikiki and Honolulu or island hop over to Kauai, Maui, or big island of Hawaii.

Cancun, Mexico

Visit ancient ruins, go sailing, and enjoy beautiful sandy beaches in the tropical sunshine. And let's not forget the fresh seafood and authentic Mexican cuisine.

Orlando, Florida

Take the family to some of the nation's most thrilling theme parks while enjoying Orlando's wonderfully balmy temperatures. Beaches are close by for sandcastle-building, too!

Bahamas

The Bahamas are located just 50 miles off the Florida coast. There you can indulge in the calm, crystal blue waters and pristine beaches of the Caribbean. The kids will enjoy seeing the exotic birds and an abundance of marine life.

Palm Springs, California

Modern architecture and swimming pools galore can be found in Palm Springs. There are many kid-friendly resorts with kid activities from which to choose. In other words, keep the kids busy while you and your partner lay around getting kissed by the sun.

Where are you going (or do you wish you were going?) for sunshine this winter?

 

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