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Articles for April, 2011

5 free things to do in Tampa

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Tampa's Ybor City rivals Bourbon Street with electric nightlife in a historic enclave filled with bars, restaurants and shops.

By Valerie Moloney

With the calendar creeping into May, many of us are in full-on summer vacation planning mode. In previous years, cheap Orlando hotels lured us to Disney World, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios, but a cheap Florida vacation doesn’t have to involve one more trip to see Belle and Jasmine.

Call it the Tampa secret.

Just an hour from Orlando off I-4, Tampa is equal parts familiar and unexpected, pretty and gritty. Pass the bank of strip malls and strip clubs – yes, there’s no glossing over it – to find neighborhoods dotted by Spanish-style bungalows, sprawling homes on Bayshore Boulevard and fairly recently, the mega mansion built by one very famous New York Yankee.

If you’re not willing to commit to more than a day or two at Disney, a stay at cheap Tampa hotels could be the low-key vacation that you’ve been pining for. Consider these 5 free things to do in Tampa for real local experiences instead of waiting in lines. (more…)

Soak up sun and savings at these cheap Hawaii hotels

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Royal Lahaina Resort debunks the myth that all Hawaii hotels are expensive.

By Susan Johnston

For many of us, going on a last-minute trip is about as easy as solving the budget deficit. But for the spontaneous types out there, here’s a reason to plan a cheap Hawaiian vacation. Next week is the 138th Banyan Tree Birthday Party, which is scheduled for April 23rd and 24th in Lahaina. And no, we won’t be jealous while you consider this Hawaii hotel and we sit in the corner and stew. Pffft. (more…)

Baltimore hotels: Budget vacays near battle monuments

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Quality Inn Downtown is the closest hotel to the Fort McHenry National Monument.

By Vince Font

There are plenty of things to see and do in Baltimore, and about as many places to stay while you’re at it — Baltimore hotels aren’t exactly what anyone would call few and far between — but there are perhaps no sites as historically significant as Battle Monument, a 39-foot marble statue that stands in remembrance of the Battle of Baltimore. If you’re not up on your history, this was one of the deciding battles in the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write a little poem called “The Star-Spangled Banner” which would eventually become the national anthem. (more…)

Cheap Toronto hotels: Getaways to the Great White North

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

By Vince Font

If you’re in the market for an out of town vacation and you’re entertaining ideas for an alternative to the typical Caribbean or Yucatan Peninsula destination, maybe it’s time you turned your sights 180 degrees and took a look at what our friendly neighbors up north in Toronto have to offer. Sure, Canada doesn’t exactly experience tropical weather — but you said you wanted an interesting change, so here it is. What’s even better, you can find cheap Toronto hotels that give the discounted rates you’re used to scoring south of the border a run for their money. (more…)

Luxury for less: How to get a cheap Mexico vacation

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Start your cheap Mexico vacation at GR Solaris Cancun Resort & Spa, where luxe meets cheap.

By Vince Font

If you’re in bad need of a vacation but don’t have all the money in the world to spend — who does? — you can still land some pretty sweet Mexico deals that are so low cost you just might pull a double-take. You simply have to know where to look and how to do it. Although there are no real secrets to finding cheap Mexico vacations, there are some common sense tactics that a lot of people overlook. (more…)

Atlantic City Hilton: Budget glam on the Boardwalk

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Gamble and feast in glamour at Atlantic City Hilton, a surprisingly affordable hotel right on the Boardwalk.

By Vince Font

Few people hear the name Hilton and think “cheap,” but the fact is, the Atlantic City Hilton is one of the highest-rated cheap Atlantic City hotels on the boardwalk. By day, the hotel stands like a pristine megalith with a black glass window façade. By night, its well-lit exterior shines like a beacon that wouldn’t look out of place if you were to transplant it to the heart of downtown Las Vegas. All glamorous outward appearances aside, it’s what’s inside the AC Hilton that really sets it apart. (more…)

4 ways to go on cheap Orlando vacations

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Don't assume that resorts are too expensive. Coco Key boasts spacious suites for reasonable rates.

By Maria Mora

For its value prices and theme park appeal, Orlando will always be on the family’s radar as a spring break destination, but a tight budget shouldn’t be a sentence to cramped quarters or zero amenities. Follow these tips for cheap Orlando vacations that incorporate both space and amusement. (more…)