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    15 Budget-Friendly Spring Getaways for 2014

    By By Andrea M. Rotondo
    April 08, 2014, 7:01:33 AM EDT

    By the time spring finally arrives—after a winter that has broken records for cold temperatures and snowfall around the country—you’ll definitely need to go on vacation. The good news is that there are plenty of budget-friendly destinations right here at home, as well as in nearby locales in Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Without breaking the bank, you can still celebrate the new season by exploring a new city or island enclave. Check out our suggestions—many of which are on Fodor’s Go List 2014—and start planning your spring getaway today.

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    Los CabosWhere: Mexico

    Sunny Los Cabos—located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Sea of Cortés greets the Pacific Ocean—offers many springtime diversions. You can practice your golf game or get out on the water to scuba dive, snorkel, and kayak. On land, you can explore the hills by bike, horseback, or ATV, or simply hang out at the beach. Make sure to look for the best-priced hotels, inns, and condos in San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.

    Insider Tip: June brings turtle-nesting season to the beaches of Los Cabos. From June through December, watch for Leatherback and Oliver Ridley turtles nesting in the sand.

    Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Los Cabos Guide


    St. Lucia

    Where: Lesser Antilles, Caribbean

    There is so much more to St. Lucia than the gold sand beaches and coral reef that ring the island. Here, you can hike the Pitons Mountains, explore the lush rainforest, drive through a volcano, and experience Soufrière’s Sulphur Springs. While the island is known for its all-inclusive resorts, you’ll also find small hotels, guesthouses, and apartments that cater to couples and families.

    Insider Tip: Musicians from around the globe will descend on St. Lucia from April 30 to May 11, for the annual St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival.

    Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s St. Lucia Guide



    Where: Colorado

    The state of Colorado is on this year’s Fodor’s Go List 2014, and there are tons of reasons to visit Denver in particular. Major attractions incluide the Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, and the Denver Botanic Gardens, plus free tours of the U.S. Mint and Coors Brewery. Be sure to spend an afternoon strolling along the I.M. Pei-designed granite pathway of the 16th Street Mall, which is lined with hundreds of budding red oaks and thousands of flowers.

    Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Denver Guide

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