(Photos courtesy of Flickr members superstrikertwo, Rob-Keller, and eliduke)
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!
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.
(Photos courtesy of Jake's and Flickr members digitizedchaos and Nadya Peek)
A trip to the tropics doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check into ten of the best affordable hotels in the Caribbean for a sunshine-filled break that'll leave you smiling—not broke. Rates listed below were accurate on Tingo when we checked, but obviously are based on availability (as in, when you decide to visit).
- Jake's, Jamaica, $115/night—The Caribbean is full of interesting, small hotels. Few, however, have been able to top this spectacular spot on the south coast of Jamaica, with its theatrical décor and dramatic rock-top location. Good food, fascinating furnishings, convivial service, and a great little waterfront spa make this one a huge winner.
- Ports of Call Resort, Turks and Caicos, $129/night—Every hotel on Grace Bay Beach likes to talk about their location on Grace Bay Beach, but few of them are as affordable as this agreeable, family-friendly resort. With fewer than 100 rooms, the atmosphere is intimate without being too sleepy.
- Butterfly Beach Hotel, Barbados, $173/night—Living the good life in Rihanna's glam (and sunny) homeland isn't as expensive as you might think. A handful of solid, affordably priced hotels such as this one make it hard to pass up a visit to one of the region's most beautiful islands. The décor isn't much, but the surf-side setting in Christ Church is just too much to ignore when the rates are low.