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A Place In The Sun: Winter Escapes

November 11, 2015

- Daryl Ries

Before the chill sets in, many of us are making plans to leave for warmer climates for the short or long term. Flying off as a “snowbird” to the tropics is an option for retirees, while a few getaways over the winter fits into your weekly work schedule. My winter "escapes" began in 1973 and have continued on 4 continents, with 40 years of warm weather. For the past 10 years, my winters have been based in Panama which has provided easy access to Central and South America. Be sure to catch my guide of wonderful travel getaways that will take you back to summer!

International Weekend Travel

Panama: 5 hrs direct flight, From New York City Airports

This bio-diverse, bi-coastal country is on the United States dollar. There are no hurricanes, and they off 30 days of free health insurance. Modern infrastructure and low costs make travel to its 4 archipelagos, beaches and mountain resorts, easy and affordable.
*April 2016 is the grand opening of the Panama Canal expansion with celebration tours and hotel offers in Panama City,the region’s ultra cosmopolitan center.
From Panama head to Cuba: Daily flights are made from Panama City to Havana, Cuba (can you believe it, Cuba is only an hour away)
Havana has opened many new boutique hotels and more in the works to accommodate the new era of American travel to their shores. There is much to see and enjoy.A stroll in Old Havana, Fabrica de Arte, live music, outdoor restaurants, and a visit to the ultra chic and beautiful Varadero Beach.

International Long Term Travel

India: For a longer getaway this trip is 14hrs from New York City Airports

The February festivals of North India are a "once in a lifetime" journey that begins with the  World Sufi Spirit Festival of Music in Jodphur and ends with the Holy Kumbha Mela at the Ganges celebrated once every 12 years. The Rajashthani lakeside retreat will include yoga and meditation each day, and a stay be sure to stay at the fabulous Taj Hari Mahal Hotel.

Local Short term Travel

Miami: Don't forget about our local getaways! Miami is only 2 hrs. and 55 min. away from New York City Airports 

Looking to take a mini vacation before the holidays? Head down to the sunshine state,  and visit gorgeous Miami. Dec. 3-6 2015 is the annual Art Basel in America showing in Miami. "267 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. Ambitious large‐scale artworks, films and performances become part of the city's outdoor landscape at nearby Collins Park and SoundScape Park."
From South Beach to Wynwood its wall to wall art! As all of Miami kicks in with satellite art fairs for Miami Art Week, Dec. 1-5.

I hope this has inspired you to plan your winter getaways to warm climates this winter! For more information on any of the above, please contact