Airlines and hotels in warmer locales are cutting prices to keep the tourists coming.

Winter in the city is substantially less fun than those scenic television shots of Rockefeller Center’s tree and skating rink might lead one to believe.

The icy sidewalks, skyscraper wind tunnels and crazed hordes of holiday shoppers can make December almost intolerable.

When average daily temperatures dip far below freezing, it’s time to get out of the city. But with the economy struggling, sunbathing on a private beach in Maldives may not be a financially feasible option.

Fortunately, getting warm this winter doesn’t have to break the bank. Travelers who stick close to home, select up-and-coming locations and score travel deals from financially ailing resorts and airlines can get out of the cold for an affordable price.

Central America and the Caribbean deliver a major cost-saving advantage, according to Tim Leffel, author of The World’s Cheapest Destinations: 21 Countries Where Your Money Is Worth a Fortune.

“If you’re coming from the U.S., you don’t have to pay very much to get there, and there’s less jet lag, so you can really hit the ground running,” he says. Better yet, both regions contain a plethora of lesser-known destinations where the U.S. dollar is especially strong.

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