For most of the country, December and January are chilly months that drive travelers to seek warmer locales. From Miami Beach to San Diego, here are four travel deals that are guaranteed to save you money and bring you farther away from the cold and closer to sunshine.
From $99: Lafayette Hotel Swim Club (San Diego, CA)
Once a go-to for celebrities, this 70-year-old property in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood boasts a pool and two restaurants. Rates for a Manor room with a king or two queen beds are priced from $99 on the nights of December 7, 8, 11-15, and 18-22, and January 2-5 and 8-10. Other nights in the season go for $119 and higher.
From $114: The L Hotel (Miami Beach, FL)
Just after Art Basel wraps up in early December, South Beach hotel rates plummet -- including the ones at this Art-Deco property where a chic interior design (think: fun wallpaper and pops of canary yellow) is easily one of its best features. The month kicks off with $239 rates that soften to $114 for king rooms on the nights of December 6, 7, 11-15, 19, and 21. In January, rates bump up to $159, but that's still a bargain.
From $127: Orlando World Center Marriott (Orlando, FL)
Plan on visiting the City Beautiful for some pre- or post-holiday fun? This resort is ideal if you'd like to stay near the area theme parks, but its massive pool complex and great dining scene may persuade you to skip the rides. For stays through March 31, its Seek the Weekend promotion slashes rates by 20 percent and folds in a nightly $25 resort credit. We test drove the offer and found rates for a resort view room from $127-$175 for Friday and Saturday night stays in December and January (excluding December 30 and 31, and January 21, 27, and 28). The savings are considerable as rates without the offer are priced from $159 during this period. Use promo code P91.
From $194: Miramonte Resort & Spa (Indian Wells, CA)
A half-hour drive from Palm Springs, this Indian Wells resort is pure paradise with a spa, three pools, a golf course, a restaurant, and a lounge. Its Miramonte Your Way package, offering a daily $50 resort credit, might be the perfect incentive to visit earlier: nightly rates in an estate king room are priced from $194 for December 6-8, 11-15, and 18-22, and January 1-5. For the rest of the dates during those two months, expect prices to go as high as $274. Don't forget to use promo code YOURWAY.