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10 Places To Beat The Winter Blues (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 01/21/2011 8:43 am EST   Updated: 05/25/2011 7:25 pm EDT

Brrrr. When Old Man Winter comes to town, it's easy to get down.

But a visit to any of's favorite places to beat the winter blues will have you forgetting about the slush, snow boots, and dreary days of the long, dark season in no time. This year, why not pack your bags and head top winter destinations like the slopes of Banff, the aquatic playgrounds of Belize and the Red Sea, the sands of Búzios, the quirky town of Key West, and much more?

Text and captions courtesy of, adapted from "Top 10 Places to Beat the Winter Blues."

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1. Antarctica
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An Antarctic winter is far from a tropical paradise - imagine a continent surrounded by densely packed ice, near-perpetual darkness, unpredictable blizzards, and temperatures that dip to about -60 degrees. With the seasons flipped, winter here in the Northern Hemisphere means that it's as close to summer as it will ever be on the White Continent, and also the only time of year when voyaging to this last great travel frontier is possible, as the warmer climate serves to break up the ice barriers that otherwise prohibit access to this remote wilderness full of exotic wildlife and savage landscapes. More than 36,000 tourists now head towards the South Pole each year to witness its monumental glaciers and icebergs, comical penguins and seabirds, and majestic whales and marine creatures. Cruising to this top winter destination is the most popular way to attempt an Antarctic expedition; cruise lines like Holland America, Radisson Seven Seas, and Princess operate sailings from Argentina or New Zealand.
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