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7 Cheap & Warm Winter Vacation Destinations

By Trae Bodge /TNJ | 1/26/2017, midnight
Unless you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere warm, you’re probably itching to go to a tropical destination or any place ...

Unless you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere warm, you’re probably itching to go to a tropical destination or any place where you can thaw out. You might think that traveling to a warm-weather destination would be pricey right now. But areas serviced with a large number of airlines and plenty of resorts can see “feverish competition,” according to Gabe Saglie, senior editor at Travelzoo. And that can work in your favor.

“Based on TripAdvisor booking data, those that visit these hotspots during mid-late January can save an average of 16 percent compared to February or March,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.

Here are seven winter destinations you should consider for your warm-weather getaway, with accompanying suggestions for cheap hotels and cheap flights.

ORLANDO, FLA.

Round-trip airfare: $156 from John F. Kennedy airport in New York City; $124 from Chicago O’Hare airport in Illinois

Hotels: Average $67 per night at the Mystic Dunes Resort & Gold Club by Diamond Resorts in Disney’s Maingate West, which offers a golf course and lots of family-friendly activities; average $76 per night at Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Spring Resort Area, featuring a fitness center and several restaurants

Weather: Mostly sunny, but chilly at night, with temperatures ranging from 49 to 71 degrees.

Early in the year, the least expensive week to travel to Orlando is Jan. 16 to 22. It’s 14 percent less expensive than the week of March 13, which is the most expensive week to book, according to TripAdvisor data.

The TripAdvisor experts recommend a day trip to the Kennedy Space Center, which is $55 including transport. You can also check out Universal Studios and Walt Disney World, which are both packed with activities for the whole family, including the Disney show Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks, and all the rides and sights at Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

CANCUN, MEXICO

Round-trip airfare: $174 from Dallas-Fort Worth airport in Texas; $245 from Newark airport in New Jersey

Hotels: Average $158 per night at Villa Del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa, which offers a free breakfast buffet for two; average $175 per night at The Royal Islander, an all-suites, beachfront resort

Weather: Mostly sunny, ranging from 65 to 82 degrees

Jan. 16 to 22 is the least expensive week to travel, allowing you to save 12 percent compared to the most expensive week — March 6 to 12, according to TripAdvisor data.

TripAdvisor experts recommended a private tour of Chichen Itza with an archaeologist, which is $65 per person. Expedia travel expert Dave McNamee recommends Cancun for its warm weather and warm waters. Recommended activities also include snorkeling through the calm waters of the Nichupté lagoon and setting sail onto the Caribbean Sea toward the beautiful Isla Mujeres, he added.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

Round-trip airfare: $174 from Dallas-Fort Worth airport in Texas; $245 from Newark airport in New Jersey

Hotels: Average $120 per night at the beachfront Playa Maya, including free breakfast for two; average $115 per night at Club Yebo Hotel, which has a pool and is very close to the beach