Best Beaches for a Winter Escape


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Sure, snowball fights and ice-skating are plenty of fun, but after a while, enduring the winter cold becomes miserable. There's no better way to beat the winter blues than packing a beach bag and heading somewhere sunny and warm. Start planning your sandy escape to one of our top beach destinations! We'll let you in on a little secret—fabulous hotels in Hawaii, Mexico, and Florida are on sale on Tingo right now!

Hawaii

Kaanapali Beach, Maui: This beach is perfect for a vacation full of pampering and relaxation. The beach is lined with cabanas, all kinds of beach activities, and butlers who will deliver the drink of your choice—piña colada, please! Many of Hawaii's biggest and nicest resorts are nearby, so there are plenty of locations in which you can splurge. Soak up some rays and work on your tan, knowing that you're lounging on one of Hawaii's prettiest beaches.

North Shore, Oahu: The North Shore is a surfer's heaven. The waves attract top surfers from around the world but are also calm enough for a beginner to test out the sport. If surfing isn't your thing, you can still appreciate it by watching one of the many competitions in the area. Or, shop in the nearby town and enjoy the local treat of rainbow-flavored shave ice.

Hanalei Bay, Kauai: Hanalei Bay beach, more than two miles long, is one of the most picturesque in the world. The waves are great for surfing and boogie boarding. In the summer, the water becomes much calmer, making it more like a lake. At that time, it's a better environment for stand-up paddle boarding and swimming. The best part about Hanalei Bay is that it's not usually crowded, so you'll have plenty of space to take in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy yourself. 


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Travel Trend Watch: Unique Hotel Freebies

(Photos courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Flickr members Photographer23 and Larry Ziffle)

In the past, we've complained about annoying fees that hotels sometimes charge. This time around, we're celebrating a few special hotels that offer really cool freebies to their guests.

  • Goldfish—The Soho Grand Hotel in New York City will provide a goldfish pal to keep you company for the duration of your stay. This trend is becoming increasingly popular among other hotels, too.
  • Bike Rentals—Vancouver's Opus Hotel has mountain bikes available for free rental. The bikes are first come, first served, though, so if you plan to tour the city on a set of wheels, make sure you request your rental in advance!

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