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Best Affordable Winter Vacations

Though the season's high prices can be a deterrent, U.S. News Travel ensures that your dollars go far with this list of winter's best affordable vacations. Our editors conisdered the cost and quality of accommodations, transportation, dining and attractions in order to narrow down the destinations with the best value — and weather — for a wintertime getaway. In addition to expert insight, we take user votes into account to determine our rankings. Help us out by voting below.

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Why go: Winter weather in the United States commonwealth is near-perfect with little rain and temperatures in the low 80s. If you can squeeze your trip in before the holidays, you'll find excellent hotel deals and fewer crowds; skip oceanfront properties and head inland for even lower lodging rates. Read More»

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Why go: Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial — one of the city's most beautiful areas — is free to explore. You won't have to drain your wallet on souvenirs either; vendors are eager to negotiate. Compared to other Caribbean destinations, the Dominican Republic's capital city boasts overall lower hotel rates. Read More»

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Why go: Winter is peak season in Salt Lake City with chilly temperatures and frequent snowfall making for prime skiing conditions. Despite the season's popularity, hotel rates remain reasonable and many nearby ski resorts offer stay-and-ski discounted packages. Read More»

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Why go: Many of Tulum's beaches are free to visit and local archaeological sites (like the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve) cost only a small entry fee. Take advantage of the secluded beach destination's low risk of hurricanes and pleasant temperatures hovering in the high 70s during the winter months. Read More»

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Why go: A city seemingly built on the premise of risking your life savings may not seem like the best choice for a wallet-friendly winter getaway. But if you can avoid going overboard at the slots, plenty of hotels offer discount rates and packages that include airfare. Read More»

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Why go: You'll need a heavy winter coat, but if you can cope with the cold, you'll be able to save a pretty penny on accommodations in Montreal. Underground passageways will make getting around in the cold more tolerable, and you can allot your savings to partake in winter sports. Read More»

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Why go: Winter is the high season in this dynamic seaside destination. While you may pay slightly more to stay in Key West during the colder months, its drivable Florida location means you can save on airfare. Plus, hurricane-free peace of mind is your non-monetary reward for visiting in winter. Read More»

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Why go: You'll find fewer crowds during late winter months in this family-friendly entertainment haven. To keep visitors coming despite the lower temperatures, many hotels offer discounted rates or bundled packages that include meal plans and theme park tickets. Read More»

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Why go: Year-round warm weather greets visitors to the Thai capital, and Bangkok's winter boasts the perk of low humidity to boot. Even luxury lodging is inexpensive here, and low-priced street food is some of the tastiest cuisine the city has to offer. Read More»

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Why go: This Turkish city's winter doesn't offer the warm temperatures of other nearby Mediterranean destinations, but if you're willing to bundle up, your bank account will thank you. You'll also be repaid by fewer crowds at many of the city's top attractions like the famous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Read More»

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Why go: Warm, dry weather makes winter the perfect time to visit Anguilla. Although winter is peak season here, the island's embargo on high-rise hotels and casinos keeps prices down. If you prepare your own meals or opt for hole-in-the-wall restaurants, a trip here won't break the bank. Read More»

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Why go: Below the equator, Chilean Patagonia's summer season offers mild weather and long, sunny days — perfect conditions for exploring the region's picturesque landscape. Although these months mark the busy season, many hotels and rustic B&Bs offer affordable rates. Read More»

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Why go: Dodge hurricane season and avoid soaring hotel prices by planning your trip to St. Martin – St. Maarten between November and mid-December. During these months, temperatures range from mid-70s to low 80s and reasonable vacation packages are easier to come by. Read More»

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