From December until February, lots of people have dreams about heading south.
For some, Arizona, Florida and the Caribbean are on the agenda.
For others, though, the undisputed champion of winter getaway destinations can be found on the sands of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.
High end attractions and amenities, natural beauty, and one of Mexico's best nightlife scenes makes Cabo San Lucas the premiere spot for a wintertime oceanside escapade.
One of the best things about Cabo San Lucas is that people who visit aren't confined to the standard resort scene.
Rentals, from condos to full-fledged luxury estates provide an alternative that can bring a true sense of exclusiveness and privacy to your stay in Cabo.
Renting a private villa can give you the best of all worlds.
You can revel in this resort town's legendary nightlife, stroll the popular beaches, and shop in the crowded boutiques, and get your fill of water sports and desert adventure.
If you rent a private estate, no matter how you spend your days, you will always be able to retreat to the privacy of your exclusive space to listen to the waves and bask in the warm Pacific breezes.
If that is not the definition of a perfect vacation, I am not sure what is.
The main thing about Cabo rental villas is that they will allow you to share this ultimate wintertime getaway experience with those who are close to you.
A condo or one bedroom bungalow will allow you to get away from the crowded resorts, but many of Cabo's best vacation estates have five or more bedrooms.
Actually, to call many of these rooms “bedrooms” is not quite correct.
They are full suites with all the amenities and furnishings of the best rooms in a five-star hotel.
Huge common areas, private decks, pools and balconies overlooking the Pacific, spacious dining spaces mean that you can accommodate a large number of your closest friends, colleagues or family members and still have room to invite guests over for a cocktail event, luncheon or pool party.
Some of the best villas in Cabo San Lucas even have private beaches where you can enjoy the sand and water without having to deal with the high season crowds.
Where can you find these estates that can make this oceanside paradise even more ideal?
Here are five of the best rental estate options in Cabo San Lucas:
Our first mention has to be the Villa Captiva, which sits only feet away from the sand and waves of the Pacific Coastline.
A 10,000 square foot luxury residence, it has six suites, each with their own private entrance.
Teak and marble, a quiet beach, swimming pool and room to accommodate nearly 300 day-time guests make this one of Cabo's top choices.
Villa Penasco is another estate with six rooms (including 1 stand-alone apartment).
It sits on a cliff and offers the kind of ocean views that most people see in magazines, but never actually come face to face with in real life.
Views are also the stars of the show at the Villa Gran Vista.
Each of the seven suites inside this 7,000-plus-foot property has its own veranda that overlooks the Pacific.
An infinity pool, a common space large enough to host 70 daytime guests, and a 12-person Jacuzzi round out this luxury estate's list of noteworthy traits.
Shaded verandas, an oceanfront pool, and five-star suites are also on offer at the nearby Villa Tranquildad, which offers event hosting capabilities in addition to its seven luxury overnight accommodations.
The best Pacific panoramas in all of Cabo can be seen at the Villa Bellissima, a cliff-top five-level luxury home with eight bedrooms, expansive balconies, views to die for, and cutting-edge architecture that seems to come straight out of the glossy pages of the latest home design magazine.
The Bella is certainly one of Baja California's vacation estate headliners.
We have a number of other properties listed on the special Mexico Venues page of the Estate Weddings and Events web site.
And if you would rather spend your tropical vacation somewhere else - Florida, The Caribbean, even Bali - you can search for estates and venues in other vacation destinations as well too.
Where are you traveling this winter? If you could rent an estate in some South of the Border paradise, where would it be and who would you invite to stay there with you? Let us know about your dream vacation in the comments section below...