Quick winter escapes to the Caribbean, Mexico

/ Source: Sherman's Travel

The deal
If the icy chill in the air has you dreaming of exotic beaches and cool tropical cocktails, you’re not alone. For quick and affordable escapes to help you beat the winter blues, try one of these easy flight-and-hotel packages to sun-swept beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean.

With these wallet-friendly deals, you can save up to 30 percent off deluxe seaside resort vacations with airfare included from just $554.

Escape to Cancun’s white-sand beaches with this affordable vacation special on offer from Expedia. Starting from just $554, the four-night package includes flight and overnights at the tranquil oceanfront Flamingo Cancun Resort.

Catering to couples and families, this intimate beachside resort offers 260 spacious guestrooms and suites along with two pools, a swim-up bar, a fitness center, and kids’ club. The resort’s convenient location — across the street from the Flamingo Plaza shopping mall — means you’ll find many nearby discos, shopping and restaurants.

With this special Bahamas vacation package on offer from Orbitz, you can save up to 25 percent off a quick three-night deluxe getaway. Indulge in a stay at the Wyndham Nassau resort, where guests can unwind at the resort’s private beach, swim-up bar and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Choose from eight restaurants and lounges, including a relaxed Poolside Bar & Grill, along with several fine dining options. At night, try your luck at the resort’s 30,000-foot Vegas-style casino, featuring over 400 popular slot machines and fast-paced table games.

Located just 20 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in the relaxed seaside fishing community of Bucerias, the Royal Decameron Complex offers postcard-perfect beaches and plenty of amenities, including four pools, three tennis courts and nightly entertainment.

Starting at just $592, you can unwind for four nights at the deluxe all-inclusive resort this winter; price covers airfare, resort accommodation, all meals, unlimited alcoholic beverages, along with taxes and tips.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional, unless otherwise noted.

The catch
After these exotic beach vacations, it'll be hard to return to cold and snow here at home.

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