Favorite winter warm weather destinations for Northwest travelers

The dark, cold, wet days of winter are upon us. And that sends many of us heading for warmer climes. We checked in with travel expert Kari Mollen Valley at Bellevue-based Stellar Travel for the top destinations for us sun starved Northwest travelers.

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If you're looking for an exotic tropical locale that's easy to get to, safe and welcoming, it's tough to beat Costa Rica. Whether you're looking for a white sand beach and crystal clear waters, a challenging hike through a jungle surrounded by monkeys and exotic birds, zip lining, exploring ancient ruins or learning to surf, there's something for everyone in this Central American haven. Round trip flights in the middle of winter are going for about $1100 and up.
Photo by Visit Costa Rica
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