Ohioans book tropical vacations to escape cold weather

Ohioans book tropical vacations to escape cold weather

(WOIO) - Tired of the snow and cold? You're not alone. Many across northeast Ohio are booking flights, trying to escape the cold.

Sheila Berry is temporarily saying goodbye to the Cleveland weather.

"The weather is terrible. I can't stand it anymore," says Berry.

The realtor says she wants to relax, so she and her girlfriends are packing up and heading to Mexico.

Last year, the group took a seven-day journey to St. Thomas and St. Martin, while Ohio was dealing with weeks of the polar vortex.

"What better vacation to go on than a cruise down the Mexican Riviera? I mean, this is really exciting," says Berry.

Ann Huber, at

in Rocky River, says she's been busy trying to keep up with all the calls. Travelers are looking to warm up fast, especially for the right price. The average cost for an all inclusive, seven-day trip for a couple runs around $3,000. There are shorter stays for less.

"Florida can be iffy this time of year, and over spring break, you never can be guaranteed with Florida. You generally have to go further south," explains Berry.

The hot spots this time of year:

-Punta Cana
-U.S. Virgin Islands (which does not require a passport)
Huber says resorts are even offering summer discounts of 30-40 percent off, if you book your trip by the end of February. 
Berry is counting the days until she escapes the cold.

"I'm hoping when I return, the cold and the chill will be gone," Berry says.
Huber also says resorts in Cabo San Lucas are offering specials because the area was hit with a hurricane last year and they're trying to bring tourists back.

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