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Best Affordable Winter Vacations

Though the season's high prices can be a deterrent, U.S. News ensures that your dollars go far with this list of winter's best affordable vacations. Our editors considered 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: 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 negotiate. Compared to other Caribbean spots, the Dominican's capital city boasts overall lower hotel rates. Read More»

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Why go: Many of Tulum's beaches are free to visit and local archaeological sites, such as the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, cost just a small fee. Take advantage of the secluded beach spot's low risk of hurricanes and pleasant temps hovering in the high 70s during the winter months. Read More»

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Why go: Winter weather in this 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 lower lodging 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: 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: Although the winter months might be a little too chilly for a beach trip to San Diego, temperatures are still mild and prices for hotels are at their lowest. Explore the culture and history of the area at one of the many museums or try local seafood and Tex-Mex cuisine. Read More»

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Why go: Winter is the high season in this dynamic seaside destination. You may pay more to stay in Key West during the colder months, but 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: Vancouver is an obvious choice for winter sports lovers, but for those who don't enjoy the slopes, the city offers a variety of events to keep you busy during the winter months. Vancouver hosts the Festival of Lights as well as multiple food, wine and art festivals. Read More»

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Why go: This small barrier island off the coast of Texas is known as a spring break hot spot, but during the winter months prices are notably lower and the island is decidedly more family-friendly. Aside from quiet relaxation, popular activites include deep sea fishing and dolphin watching. 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, temps range from the mid-70s to low 80s and reasonably priced vacation packages abound. Read More»

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