Sunny destinations are my favorite!
I'm certainly not the first to say that the Northwest part of the United States is so dreary, wet and cold during the winter! I find myself wanting to "escape" from it all and head down South of the border for some fun in the sun, sand between my toes and a drink in my hand. Although I've been to Xtatapa, Puerto Vallarta and just below California millions of times, I find myself returning time and time again to Mazatlan. The beach is flat and you can wade out into the very warm water half way to the three islands. Prices are fair and fresh seafood is abundant. Shopping is everywhere as you might of guessed but the city itself is very large with many different areas for you to explore. Again, the flat beach goes forever and you can just walk down and check out the different hotels without getting any flack from the gate attendants like in Hawaii.
When I return from Mazatlan 2/12/06, I'll post a fabulous picture of the beach with my friends!