Winter arrived with a big snowy bang across much of America, which has many folks already pining for an escape to warmer climes. If your family is ready to trade the snow for some sunshine and sand, here are five tremendous deals at kid-friendly beach resorts to get you packing.
Disney's Aulani Resort
Where: Oahu, Hawaii Why: Because you can save 25 percent at Disney's only Hawaiian resort, which brims with family-friendly appeal while also managing to deliver an authentic Hawaiian experience. The Deal: Get your fourth night free plus complimentary breakfast for two adults (or kids ages 10 and up) during your stay. Book by Jan. 15, 2014 for travel Jan. 5-Apr. 7, 2014. Some blackout dates apply.
Where: Southampton, Bermuda Why: Because beautiful Bermuda is less than a two-hour flight from Northeast gateway cities, and a sweet promo at the plush-yet-family-friendly Fairmont Southampton delivers a terrific way to save all winter. The Deal: Book the Free Nights this Winter promo and every third night of your stay is free. Available for travel through Apr. 30, 2014.
Where: San Diego, California Why: Because the beachfront Pacific Terrace Hotel is all about relaxed luxury and boasts a super location just two miles from Belmont Park's famous Giant Dipper roller coaster and four miles from SeaWorld. The Deal: Book the Winter Deal Package and you'll get your second night for half-price, plus receive 50-percent off breakfast and complimentary bike rentals and wi-fi. Available for travel through Apr. 30, 2014.
Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
Where: Ixtapa, Mexico Why: Because Club Med is offering the lowest rates of the year at eight of its all-inclusive, family-friendly beach resorts in North America and the Caribbean, including the stunning Club Med Ixtapa Pacific. The Deal: During the Semi-Annual Sale, all-inclusive rates begin at just $119 per person, per night -- and kids 4 and under stay free. Book by Jan. 8, 2014, for travel through June 27, 2014.
Where: Jekyll Island, Georgia Why: Because the elegant, kid-friendly Jekyll Island Club -- a former haunt of Rockefellers, Goodyears, and their millionaire pals -- is celebrating its 127th anniversary by offering an unbeatable rate that's good throughout January. The Deal: Book the January $127 Special and score a luxurious getaway for just $127 a night. Available for stays Jan.1-31, 2014.