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Sunny spots rank high for holidays

| Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011

Americans might be dreaming of a white Christmas, but warm, sunny destinations are among the most popular vacation spots for the Christmas holiday, according to statistics from the travel website Orbitz.

The website's ranking of the top Christmas destinations found that seven of the 10 most popular Christmas vacation spots are warm-climate cities -- Los Angeles; Cancun, Mexico; Phoenix; and the Florida cities of Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay.

The same trend holds for travel for the New Year's celebration, with a few changes in the top 10.

And, if you're looking to save money on holiday travel, the Orbitz ranking found that Tampa Bay will have the lowest combination of airfares and hotel rates of the top 10 Christmas vacation spots, and Orlando will have the best deals during the New Year's holiday.

The average airline ticket to Tampa Bay from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27 will be $423, and the average hotel rate will be $75 a night, according to Orbitz. In contrast, the most expensive of the top 10 Christmas destinations will be Cancun, with average airfares of $720 and daily hotel rates of $283.

During New Year's weekend, the average airfare to Orlando will be $307, with average daily hotel rates of $94, according to Orbitz.

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