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Sunny Spots for Winter

Leave the gray days of winter behind for one of these sunshine destinations.

El Elcanto Inn, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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El Encanto Inn in San Jose Cabo, Mexico, welcomes guests in search of a warmer climate.

Malibu, Calif.

STAY Hemmed by mansions, the Casa Malibu Inn offers ocean and garden views, plus easy access to a stretch of Billionaires’ Beach.* (310) 456-2219.

Eat Call in your order at Lily’s Cafe near Zuma Beach, where surfers line up for breakfast burritos and mahimahi tacos (both $6.50). (310) 457-3745.

PLAY On Corral Canyon Road off Highway 1, Solstice Canyon Trail winds to a waterfall. (805) 370-2301,

*Ask about the discount for AAA members.

San José Del Cabo, Mexico

STAY Local Baja California artisans embroidered the pillows accenting each room at hacienda-style El Encanto Inn. (210) 858-6649,

EAT Stroll the loncherías at San José’s Mercado Municipal, where an enchilada plate and an orange soda are $5. Calle Ibarra between Coronado and Castro.

PLAY The mellow break at Playa Acapulquito is a rookie surfer’s best bet. Rent a long board at Costa Azul Surf Shop. (866) 546-2102,


STAY Guests at Scottsdale’s 3 Palms can relax in stylish, modern rooms or lounge at the poolside bar. (800) 450-8133,

EAT At La Grande Orange Pizzeria’s happy hour, $5 wines pair nicely with thin-crust pizzas ($11–$14). (602) 840-7777,

PLAY Ocotillos, saguaros, and hedgehog cacti bloom at the Desert Botanical Garden. Five trails crisscross 45 arid acres. $15. (480) 481-1225,

Photography courtesy El Encanto Inn

This article was first published in March 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.