3 Unconventional and Affordable Winter Getaways

The stereotypical winter getaway is sitting on a beach at a resort that practically spoon feeds you margaritas. I don’t think too many of us would complain about a week of warm sun and ocean waves. However, I want to recommend that you consider some different types of winter vacations. Below are three winter vacations that do not fit the stereotypical winter getaways. As a bonus, all are rather affordable.

1. Visit the Dominican Republic, but stay at a remote Airbnb apartment

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The Dominican Republic is known for its resorts, especially those around Punta Cana. That’s great, and you can get good deals there, but I want to suggest something that is a bit more unique. Something that is both extremely beautiful and very affordable. Fly into a different city in the Dominican Republic, such as Puerto Plata, Santiago, or Santo Domingo, and rent an apartment on Airbnb.

Depending on your flight itinerary, you can get airfare for under $500. In fact, right now I am looking at flights out of New York to Santo Domingo for as low as $359 round trip. Entire apartments within walking distance of a beach (or frequently on the beach) are typically well under $100 per night. These apartments, or sometimes whole houses, can be found in remote locations, far away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and most importantly, far away from other tourists. A hundred bucks a night to have a white sand beach to yourself isn’t a bad deal.

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