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Get away from the cold this winter with these vacation ideas

October 29, 2013

Winter presents the perfect opportunity for those living in colder climates to spend some time in warmer destinations. This is especially true for retirees, who don't have to worry about taking time off work to enjoy a warm weather getaway once the temperature begins to dip. However, given that there are many popular locations for winter travelers of all ages, it can sometimes be difficult to find the perfect vacation spot. But there are several destinations in particular that are well-suited for seniors. Here's a look at some of them:

Cape Town, South Africa
It may be a lengthy flight, but for jet​-setting seniors looking for a warm place to spend some time this winter, it is certainly worth the journey. This beautiful city is not only home to a vibrant culture and delicious food, but it also has some of the best beaches in the Southern Hemisphere. Fish Hoek beach is a popular spot, but it's hard to go wrong with any of the other choices, including Noordhoek beach, which is famous for its pristine white sands. Visitors looking for more than a trip to the beach will certainly enjoy landmarks such as Table Mountain or the Castle of Good Hope.

Sedona, Arizona
For seniors who would like to stay a little closer to home, Sedona, Ariz., is arguably one of the best winter destinations in the U.S. A city of a little over 10,000 people, Sedona has become a popular spot for retirees, and with good reason. Most notably, it has some of the best natural scenery in the country. Oak Creek Canyon is dotted with red, orange and brown cliffs, making it perfect for a drive. There are also many art galleries and delicious restaurants that make it a perfect staple of senior living for many retirees. 

The Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii is among the most visited destinations in the world, and it certainly lives up to the billing. Seniors looking to get some sunshine have ample opportunity to do so on the Big Island, but there is much more to it than just sand and surf. A drive around the island brings travelers to some of its most notable landmarks including Kealakekua Bay and many of the island's trademark volcanoes, which are still active.