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People who use their holidays time every year often opt to use it in the summertime months when gas prices are high & everyone else is vacationing too. This frequently leads to flaring tempers on the road & at the destination due to overcrowding & the rise in prices.

Taking your vacation in the summer means inevitably having to pay more because this is the time of year when travel companies & tourist destinations raise prices in an effort to bilk as much revenue as they can get within the short three month window in which their businesses operate in the red.
A holidays is supposed to be about relaxation and freedom from frustration & worry. I find this is easy to do if I take my holidays in the winter. I hate winter and the uncontrollable shivering that comes with it. For this reason, each year when my holidays rolls around I pack my suit case and head for a hotter climate, such as sandy beach destination.

It's purposeless to go searching for a warm beach place to visit in the winter though; especially on the East coastline, as well as on the West Coast (yes people, California is not always sunny & warm). This is why I choose Hawaii. I had first of the most spectacular beach holidays in a Hawaii a few years ago. It was filled with beautiful landscapes, crystal clear water and activities I never would have conceived of could exist in one place. I haven't been back since, but I intend on getting back there some day soon.

While Hawaii is nice, so is the Caribbean Sea. Words can't describe just how nice the beaches of the Caribbean Sea islands are. The Dominican Republic is likewise a nice place to vacation (I did so last year). However, make sure and stick to the tourist areas and the gorgeous beaches for your own safety.

All of those places to visit have provided me with one great beach vacation after the next, but my personal favorite was St. Lucia. Though it was the most expensive vacation I ever took, it was well worth it. I have a memorable picture of a beautiful sunset that I personally took while I was there.

On a sentimental point, Puerto Rico is a personal favorite of mine. It was not the best of the islands I have visited, but it is where I met my wife and remains a place that has etched several a memorable moment into my mind.

One of the best parts about taking an exotic beach vacation in the winter is that it is easy to find wonderful travel deals. Oh, & did I mention the crowds are not about as bad. Keep this in mind the following time you’re dragging the family to Disneyland in August with a hundred-thousand other families in 103 degree temperatures, and maybe next time you'll give the beach a try in winter.

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