Julie Epstein: As the cold whether arrives, we suggest you do as the birds do and fly south.
Mexico is the perfect winter escape. It has all the sun and sand at the Caribbean without the premium prices and although you'll certainly encounter some crowds at this time of year, our top three locals promise tropical bliss.
While Cancun and Cabo San Lucas attract flocks of snowbirds quite Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula offers a beautiful rest bed with the secluded resorts and yoga retreats. Plus, if you need a break from the beach, you can also visit the nearby Mayan ruins for a dose of history.
For spectacular scenery, Puerto Vallarta tops our list. From the foresight Sierra Madre Mountains to sandy Banderas Bay, this specific site of escape chance travelers, with the dramatic landscapes, along with some of the best dining and hotel options in the country.
Just off the Riviera Maya the Island of Cozumel is perfect for adventurous travelers. Seaside shops stop plenty of visitors to the waterfront, while the gorgeous coral reefs blur them into the water, but if you are a firm land dweller, there're tons of beach activities available near the resorts.
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