The Bahamas

<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> 970 miles, about a two-hour flight<br>
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<b>Why it's hot:</b> Pick an island - any island - from the Abacos to the Exumas to Grand Bahama, to name just a few. With average temperatures in the mid-70s, it doesn't matter which you choose. On Grand Bahama Island, nature lovers can enjoy scuba diving or hiking in Lucayan National Park. In Nassau, check out the historic downtown and straw market.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> The Atlantis Resort's Marine Habitat. It's one of the largest collections of marine life and aquarium exhibits in the world. With 14 lagoons and more than 50,000 aquatic animals, guests can explore caves, coral formations, and underwater ruins that highlight their occupants, including sea lions, barracudas, eels, alligators and more.<br>
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<b>Information:</b> Visit <a href="http://www.bahamas.com/">www.bahamas.com</a> or for more information about the <a href="http://www.atlantis.com/default.aspx">Atlantis Resort</a>, go to atlantis.com.

( Kerri Westenberg, MCT / December 9, 2011 )

Distance from Baltimore: 970 miles, about a two-hour flight

Why it's hot: Pick an island - any island - from the Abacos to the Exumas to Grand Bahama, to name just a few. With average temperatures in the mid-70s, it doesn't matter which you choose. On Grand Bahama Island, nature lovers can enjoy scuba diving or hiking in Lucayan National Park. In Nassau, check out the historic downtown and straw market.

Don't miss: The Atlantis Resort's Marine Habitat. It's one of the largest collections of marine life and aquarium exhibits in the world. With 14 lagoons and more than 50,000 aquatic animals, guests can explore caves, coral formations, and underwater ruins that highlight their occupants, including sea lions, barracudas, eels, alligators and more.

Information: Visit www.bahamas.com or for more information about the Atlantis Resort, go to atlantis.com.

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