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10 Winter family destinations

Corie Russell is a Midwest-born writer living in New York City. After dabbling in the office life as an editor, she joined the ranks of full-time freelancers and writes about everything from home decor to the recession.

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We all need a break from the hectic holiday season. And with all the great vacation deals to be had, why not dash to one of these places for a winter getaway? From extravagant shopping centers to ancient castles to boat tours, these places are sure to impress -- and relax -- the entire family.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

For the ultimate sunny winter destination, try Riviera Maya, Mexico, where you can stay in the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Mayakoba. With the hotel's Green Adventure Package, guests receive nightly accommodation, a lancha (covered boat) tour through the resort's deep lagoons and crystal-clear water canals with the resort's resident ecology expert, two tickets to Xcaret, a well-known Maya civilization archaeological site, daily buffet breakfast, and daily access to the resort's Discovery Club for those traveling with children.

Available until April 19, 2010, rates start from $439 per night. More information is available at Fairmont's Web site.

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