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Relaxing Riads
Relaxing Riads

Relaxing Riads

For some local flavor, stay at a riad. This traditional Moroccan house house  has an interior courtyard or garden, and is often decorated with intricate tile work. Many riads also have rooftop patios where you can relax. 960 1280

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Medina

Medina

Marrakech’s old medina is the ancient walled section of town with narrow streets that are often reserved for pedestrians, donkeys, horses, and the occasional motorcycle or taxi whizzing by. Within the medina, you’ll find historic buildings with antique doors and windows alongside more modern buildings. 960 1280

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Djemaa el-Fna

Djemaa el-Fna

During the day Marrakech’s iconic square, Djemaa el-Fna, is a mix of vendors, performers with monkeys, henna tattoo artists, fruit sellers and locals going about their daily lives. Once night falls, Djemaa el-Fna, which is also a UNESCO Heritage Site, turns into one of the largest street food markets in the world. 960 1280

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Snake Charmers

Snake Charmers

While it’s best to avoid them when you’re in Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s snake charmers are as legendary as the city itself. They reel you in by placing a snake around your neck … whether you’re ready or not! Be careful -- avoid sneaking in photos of snake charmers or you’ll have to pay up. 960 1280

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Colorful Souks

Colorful Souks

No trip to Marrakech is complete without wandering through the maze-like alleyways of stalls and shops that make up its vibrant Berber markets known as souks. With so much to choose from -- from leather bags, colorful slippers and stained glass lamps, to clothes, scarves and jewelry -- get ready to put your bargaining skills to practice. 960 1280

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Dried Fruit and Nuts

Dried Fruit and Nuts

Within Marrakech’s souks are dozens, probably hundreds, of vendors selling dried fruit and nuts like dates, figs, apricots, almonds and peanuts, which are often used in traditional Moroccan cooking. Buy bags of dried fruit and nuts as snacks, or sample a Moroccan tajine, which is a heavy meat or chicken stew cooked in a dome-shaped clay pot of the same name. 960 1280

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Berber Carpets

Berber Carpets

Dozens of carpet dealers in Marrakech sell beautifully hand-woven carpets that are often popular souvenirs to bring home. If your budget can handle it, spend some time looking through rolls of brightly colored wool carpets and bring home a piece of local culture. 960 1280

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Winding Alleyways

Winding Alleyways

If you visit one of Marrakech’s souks for the first time, you will get lost -- guaranteed. Networks of winding narrow lanes with vendors all selling similar items can easily confuse even the most intrepid travelers. Relax and have fun exploring these narrow alleyways; you never know what gems you’ll find along the way. 960 1280

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Ben Youssef Madrasa

Ben Youssef Madrasa

Ben Youssef Madrasa was once an Islamic college (madrasa); today this historic site is the largest madrasa in the entire country. Open for tours, the site has gorgeous earth-toned tiled clay and stucco walls around a large central courtyard with a small pool. Its walls also have geometric patterns and inscriptions, and it has about 130 small rooms that used to be classrooms. 960 1280

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Lamps

Lamps

From hanging lamps with round metal frames to shades made of patterned cloth, you’ll find thousands of signature lampshades at Marrakech’s souks. The lights from the lamps also add ambiance to the souks and are great to photograph. 960 1280

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Diversity

Diversity

While Morocco is a predominantly Muslim country, it’s also contemporary in many ways; you’ll find women in hijabs (headscarves) and abayas (long flowing cloaks) alongside women in jeans. In Morocco, there’s freedom to practice one’s own religion, whatever it may be. 960 1280

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Horse-Drawn Carriages

Horse-Drawn Carriages

For a quick and intimate way of exploring Marrakech, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through its narrow streets and alleys. You can ride alongside the city’s ancient walls and explore gardens within its medina. 960 1280

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Ancient Walls

Ancient Walls

More than 800 years old, Marrakech’s medina is surrounded by a 12-mile-long protective wall and ramparts. In addition, 22 impressive gates provide various entry and exit points in and out of the medina. The clay wall’s signature orange-red hue gives Marrakech its nickname “The Red City.” 960 1280

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Fiji

Fiji

Located 1,242 miles from New Zealand, Fiji is a great spot to explore a soft coral reef while you scuba dive in the South Pacific Ocean. 960 1280
Brazil

Brazil

Join hundreds of sunbathers who flock to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 960 1280

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Maldives

Maldives

Stay at an over-water bungalow, enjoy the beautiful blue sky and take a relaxing swim when you visit the Maldives. 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Sand, surf and sun are all good reasons to visit Kauai, HI. 960 1280
Mauritius

Mauritius

Take a spiritual break from the cold weather to visit the Shiva Hindu temple on Grand Bassin Lake on the island of Mauritius. 960 1280

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

In addition to great weather and beaches, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, has a booming resort business, making it a perfect winter getaway. 960 1280
Morocco

Morocco

Tourists can explore the Jardin Menara, a lush garden with orchards, olive groves and a pavilion, located west of Marrakech, Morocco. 960 1280

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Mayan Riviera

Mayan Riviera

A couple enjoys the warm Caribbean Sea at a beach along the Mayan Riviera near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 960 1280
Jamaica

Jamaica

The white-sand beaches, Dunn's River Falls and the Coyaba River Gardens are just a few reasons why Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is a fun winter hot spot for families. 960 1280

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Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Winter is the perfect time for fishing in the Florida Keys. Book a charter to catch a variety of fish, including mackerel, sea trout, blue marlin, swordfish and red snapper. 960 1280

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