Baby, it’s cold outside. We can’t think of a single person who isn’t dreaming about a warm weather locale right now, but let’s do even better than that, shall we? With several long weekends and a winter break for school-aged children, let’s dream (and perhaps visit!) a gorgeous spot that doesn’t require wearing snow boots. Check out our ideas for a warm weather (and affordable!) vacation the whole family will love.

Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach provides an easy, affordable beach vacation with plenty of hotel package options during the winter months. With an airport nearby, many beachfront properties, delicious seafood and day trip possibilities to Charleston, Myrtle Beach is a great option (particularly if you’re on the east coast). The Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rain Forest Resort is a favorite of the editors at Family Vacation Critic.

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San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas, is a surprisingly family-friendly and affordable destination during the winter months. Steeped in history and beautiful architecture, man-made canals and delicious food – there’s plenty of reasons to love San Antonio! We love that La Cantera Resort & Spa offers a kids club!

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Hilo, Hawaii

We’ve been hearing great things about Hilo, on the northeastern side of Hawaii. Filled with rain forests, black sand beaches, and its very own volcano, this side of the island is known more for its natural resources than posh resorts. Try staying at a family-friendly bed-n-breakfast or a house rental for a more laid back experience.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a perfect vacation for the adventure-seeking family. All-inclusive vacations can include as much or as little activity as you like, but zip-lining through a rain forest one day and making a sand castle the next sounds pretty perfect to us! The Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rain Forest Resort has an excellent ranking and review on Family Vacation Critic.

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