By Elizabeth O'Brien
Winter still has a firm grip on most of the country, but the good news is that it’s not too late to book a warm-weather escape. Retirees have the luxury of traveling whenever they please, taking advantage of weekday rates and senior discounts where available. For inspiration, MONEY put together a list of 10 affordable getaways from our Best in Travel database. The weekend getaway estimates below are based on a three-night stay for two people and include the price of airfare, hotel, meals and a rental car. We also analyzed overall value with factors such as low crime rates, variety of amenities and ease of access to public transpiration. And when an age isn’t attached to senior discounts mentioned below, it’s because one wasn’t specified on the destination’s web site. Enjoy!
Cost of a weekend getaway: $2,072
This Gulf town was rebuilt after suffering serious damage in Hurricane Katrina. Its many casinos offer 24/7 excitement, but skip their buffets in favor of the scrumptious Cajun cuisine offered at restaurants around the city. You can get seafood any way you like it—raw, fried, or slathered with barbeque sauce. Or charter a boat and hook your own dinner. For local culture, visit the Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, dedicated to Mississippi master potter George Ohr. General admission is $10 and tickets for seniors 60 and over cost $8. The city is also home to Beauvoir, the 52-acre estate of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States during the Civil War. General admission is $12.50 and tickets for seniors 65-plus are $10. After sightseeing, relax on Biloxi’s low-key, white sand beaches, whose waves stay gentle due to barrier islands off the coast.
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