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Articles for May, 2010

Fantastic, cheap Mexico vacation: Mazatlan for families

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

By Whit Honea

One of the hardest parts about planning a cheap Mexico vacation for the whole family is sifting through the cheap to find the best values. Look no further than Mazatlan for a fun yet affordable vacation with plenty of great summer deals available right now.

Located along Mexico’s Gold Coast, Mazatlan is known as the “Pearl of the Pacific.” Adults and kids enjoy visiting the beautiful beach on Stone Island, which has horseback riding, snorkeling and water sports, and the aquarium that houses an impressive display of marine life. Adults will want to take a brewery tour offered by the popular Mexican beer Pacifico, made in Mazatlan. There are also champion golf courses, shopping, dining and sport fishing available throughout this thriving city.

Serena Hotel and Residences, Mazatlan, Mexico

Serena Hotel and Residences, Mazatlan

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Cheap Caribbean vacation: Candy for everyone in Jamaica

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

By Dan Rice

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On the beach at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay

I love Jamaica because it embodies what most people envision to be the perfect Caribbean vacation: soaking in the sun on a beautiful beach, sipping a tropical fruit drink, and getting lost in the omnipresent reggae riffs. What’s also great about Jamaica is that its the perfectly cheap Caribbean vacation — accessible to just about anyone on any budget, not just the rich and famous.

My formula for a fantastic Jamaican getaway starts with a solid hotel.  I highly recommend the all inclusive Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in Montego Bay. It has beautifully renovated public areas, a perfect location, clean, comfy rooms, and all the food and drink you can consume — all included!  However, you will have to venture across the street at least once during your trip for lunch at Scotchies, arguably the best jerk food in all of Jamaica. I recommend the ¼ pound chicken, festival (fried dough), and a bottle of Red Stripe to wash it all down. Yum! And it all costs less than $5 per person.

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Cheap flights of the week: Hot fares to Australia, Denver

Monday, May 24th, 2010

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Find the week’s hottest flight deals right here with our roundup of the best airfares available. This week, we’ve found cheap flights to Australia on United Airlines and great fares across the U.S. on Frontier airlines.

Fly to Denver and beyond with Frontier Airlines flight sale, and round-trip fares starting at $78. Book by May 31, 2010, and travel through June 1, 2010, for cheap flights like these:

  • Colorado Springs to Denver: $78
  • Las Vegas to Denver: $130
  • Orlando to Milwaukee: $168

Travel on the latest United Airlines flight sale to Australia for incredible deals starting at $596 round-trip. Book by June 3, 2010, and travel outbound through August 31, 2010. Sample fares include:

  • Chicago to Sydney: $744
  • San Diego to Melbourne: $706
  • Austin to Sydney: $684

See individual flight sales for complete terms and conditions.

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All-inclusive: Designed for big family fun, small budgets

Friday, May 21st, 2010

By Whit Honea

All-inclusive vacations provide a great opportunity to plan a  family vacation on a budget. With one upfront payment, you’ve taken care of rooms, food, drinks, entertainment, activities taxes and tips. The beautiful thing? No need to carry around large sums of money — something not so fun at the swim-up bar (wet money is generally frowned upon).

There are many all-inclusive packages available to families, but here are three options if you’re looking for value, variety and an exceptional vacation:

1) Barcelo Tucancun Beach – All-Inclusive - Cancun, Mexico
25% off per night. Valid for travel before 12/24/10.

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Hot summer vacation, cool Miami hotels

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

From Diana Schloss

Whether you’re planning a Miami vacation this summer to enjoy its world-famous beaches, to party among celebs at some of the hottest nightclubs, or to enjoy any number fun summer activities, doing it all on a budget (and in style!) isn’t as tough as it seems. Start with these top 5, surprisingly cheap Miami hotels and you’ll feel the Miami love all the way down to your wallet.

Top 5 cheap Miami hotels

Newport Beachside Resort, Miami

Newport Beachside Resort

Newport Beachside Resort. Nestled in North Miami, the beautiful Newport Beachside Resort with its pristine beachfront pool deck overlooking the pier and the Atlantic Ocean is a steal among cheap Miami hotels. There’s something for everyone here, with many daily activities for both the young and the young at heart. Before your night out, visit the Seven Seas Spa Salon to lift your soul with their ‘Seven Seas Signature Massage’ or an ‘Elemental Nature Facial’ by AVEDA. Then eat and dance the night away at the infamous Kitchen 305 with a three-course dinner starting at $25 per person.
Cheap steal:
Plan your trip now and you can enjoy 40% off a four-night stay! (more…)

Cheap flights of the week: Air Tran’s 72-hour sale

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

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Hunting for cheap flights? Find ‘em right here with our weekly roundup of the best airfares around. This week, we’ve got the spotlight on the just-launched AirTran Airways 72-hour sale!

Travel by AirTran and you can save big on cheap flights from coast to coast, and to island locations like Nassau and San Juan.  Book your flight by May 20, 2010, and  travel through November 10, 2010, for cheap airfares like these:

  • Orlando to Nassau: $88
  • Chicago to Miami: $198
  • New Orleans to Boston: $180

See the AirTran Airways sale for complete terms and conditions.

For additional sales, check out more flight deals now.

Top flight sale of the week: Fly cheap to Europe with American Airlines

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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Looking for cheap flights? You’re in the right place here with our weekly roundup of the best airfares around. This week, we’ve found great fares to Europe with the latest American Airlines sale ending tomorrow at midnight!

American Airlines: super savings to Europe Save big on cheap flights to European destinations like Brussels and Barcelona. Book your flight by tomorrow, May 12, 2010, and  travel through June 10, 2010, for cheap airfares like these:

  • New York City to Madrid: $520
  • Chicago to London: $706
  • Miami to Paris: $790

Remember, this sale ends tomorrow so book your flight no later than 11:59pm CT on May 12, 2010. See the American Airlines sale for complete terms and conditions.

For more flight sales, check out more flight deals now.

Family beach vacation: Pleasant suprises at Daytona Beach

Monday, May 10th, 2010

By Leila Amorim

I moved to Florida from Brazil 13 years ago and I’m happy to say I’m still discovering the many great beaches on Florida’s East Coast. Recently, I visited Daytona Beach with my family and found it had changed a great deal. My perception had always been that Daytona was more of a “Spring Break Beach” rather than a family destination. After our visit, I can honestly say that Daytona Beach is a great place for a family vacation.

At the Sunglow Fishing Pier, Daytona Beach. Credit: Gamiziuk.

At the Sunglow Fishing Pier, Daytona Beach. Credit: Gamiziuk.

We were very surprised by the overall laid-back feel of Daytona. We’ve been to South Beach, which is a fantastic beach destination, just not the right fit for us and our children. But Daytona Beach was perfect. Let’s start with the price: we stayed in a three-star property, and the cost was about half of what we’d pay at other Florida hotels during the same time of year.

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Top 4 adventures for Colorado summer vacations

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

By David De Lalio

ArrowHead Golf Course, Colorado. Credit: Richard Saxon

ArrowHead Golf Course, Colorado. Credit: Richard Saxon

Like many people who live in Colorado, I came here with a plan to spend a year “checking it out.” Nine years later and I’ve met my wife, had 3 children, bought a home — all but cementing that I’m here to stay.  What’s kept me here all these years?  It’s definitely got something to do with Colorado’s extraordinary outdoor activities, and I’m not just talking about our world-class skiing: From its mountains to its rivers, Colorado summers are quite amazing, too, with beautiful dry weather and outdoor activities galore. If you’re looking for a cheap and active summer vacation, Colorado has it all — and for a lot less.

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Top airfares of the week: United flights to Hawaii on sale

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

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Looking for cheap flights? You’ll find the hottest deals here each week with our roundup of the best airfares around! This week we’ve got news on a brand-new sale from United for cheap flights to Hawaii.

United Airlines: Mega savings on flights to Hawaii Save big on cheap flights to Hawaiian destinations like Maui and Honolulu. Book your flight by May 10, 2010, and  travel through August 30, 2010, for great round-trip fares like these:

  • New York City to Maui: $604
  • Arcata, California to Honolulu: $497
  • Chicago, IL to Honolulu: $575

See individual flight sales for complete terms and conditions. To see more flight sales, check out more flight deals now.