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Six Cities Ignoring the Groundhog to Enjoy an Early Spring

February 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM | by | ()

We can all agree that this winter just won't relent and, with the decision of this years Groundhog Day in question, we have no indication on when it may end.

If you're tired of hauling out the snowblower and lacing up snow boots, leave it all at home and head to a destination that's already waved good-bye to the adverse weather of winter.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

You don't even need a passport to bask in the sun here and, with around a 10% chance of rain and temps in the low 80s, that may just be the best thing to do. Besides sipping mojitos and splashing around in the surf, San Juan has plenty of history to absorb and delicious food to sample. If you're looking to get out of town, the island's culture is topped off with lush rainforest and blue water beaches.

San Diego, CA

Southern California can boast some perfect weather and this border town is no different around this time of year. With highs in the low 70s and upper 60s, you can shed clothing down to short-sleeved shirts. A trip over the bridge, or the ferry trip across San Diego Bay, will land you on the resort-y Coronado Island for sand beaches and sailboats.

Austin, TX

We know that everything is bigger in Texas and this can even include what's happening with the mercury. Over the next 10 days, the capital will see some unseasonably warm temps in the high 70s and low 80s. We're thinking it's ideal for photography strolls to see the flowers along Congress Avenue, followed by alfresco meals at Tex-Mex or BBQ joints.

Hamilton, Bermuda

The British Overseas Territory is just starting to head into its dry season, but year-round it's a perfect location to get a hint of British flair without the long flight over the Atlantic. Daytime temps hover around 70 degrees in the winter, perfect weather for exploring the history at Royal Naval Dockyard, lounging on pink sand beaches, and then heading under the surface to explore an expansive network of the Crystal Caves for stalactites and saltwater pools.

Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

While it might seem far away, it's actually easy to get to from plenty of US cities and, since Costa Rica sports coasts on both sides, you have your choice of watching the sun rise over the water in the morning or catching the sunset over the Pacific at night. The Pacific's Peninsula Papagayo is our favorite side, with plenty of rainforests, eco-resorts, surfing, and a brand new airport. And, since temps are in the low 90s, you will forget about winter minutes after arrival.

Palm Springs, CA

Is the middle of the desert a perfect escape from Winter? In a short answer, hell yeah! With ultra low risk of rain and highs in the 80s and 90s, these arid destination is coming alive with an early spring. We're talking about poolside lounging, mid-century modern design and overall relaxation; even though April is a busy time to head to PSP, you can't go wrong with the early heat and sun of right now.

[Photos: Jaunted]

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