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Jamaica carnival: a winter respite in February

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Jamaica's lovely beaches aren't the only draw during the festival-laden winter. Credit: rappensuncle.

By Jennifer Olvera

Let’s face it: Jamaica is a spirited place any time of year. But winter and early spring usher in a host of lively events, making the Greater Antilles island a riotously colorful –not to mention balmy — place to be. And, given the full season is not in full swing, it’s a pocketbook-friendly time to book a cheap Caribbean vacation. (more…)

Three Kings Day: Parades and party time in Puerto Rico

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) is among Puerto Rico's most festive holidays, when parades and gift-giving honor the storied Wise Men, who came to see baby Jesus. Credit: Jaime Olmo.

By Jennifer Olvera

Santa? Santa, who? In Puerto Rico – and much of the Latin world – it’s the Three Kings who foster (or, at least, further) the holiday spirit. Understandably, that makes early January a choice time to plan a cheap Caribbean vacation. (more…)

Budget travel: Holiday vacation in St. Thomas?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Make the season merry and bright with a cheap Caribbean vacation to Point Pleasant Resort.

By Valerie Moloney

A girlfriend spent the days after Christmas and before New Year’s with her entire family — 2 brothers and their girlfriends, 3 sisters and their husbands, parents, 2 nieces and a nephew –  in a Los Cabos hotel. While my first instinct was shock at the thought of all of them traveling at the most stressful of times, she countered with, “It was the best vacation of my life.”  No baking. No cleaning up after themselves. Just sun, sand and catching up. (more…)

Club Kids: Cheap Caribbean hotels with family amenities

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Beachcombing Barbados is a family affair at Almond Beach Village - All-Inclusive.

By Valerie Moloney

To those who have survived a transatlantic flight with a screaming toddler or had to change a diaper in a 4-inch wide airplane bathroom, I commend your plight. Like other parents who travel regularly with their children, I know the highwater you’ve swam just for those precious days on a Caribbean beach.

The good news is, there are plenty of all-inclusive vacations for parents looking for couple time, even if you have to take the kids. Stick with a resort with a decent kids club to keep the tykes entertained and active while you two try something new: say, a couples massage in a beachside palapa. Or maybe just start with a glass of wine. (more…)

Life is suite: 2 cheap Playa del Carmen condo hotels

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Consider a cheap, roomy alternative that's still close to the beach: condo hotels in Playa del Carmen.

By Renee Juszczak

Dreams of heading south-of-the-border to sunny Mexico and tropical seaside resorts don’t have to end in a cramped hotel room or all-inclusive resort.  I’m a frequent visitor to Playa del Carmen and really enjoy the options offered by condo-hotel resorts, like Aldea Thai and Pueblito Escondido.  A living room, kitchen and multiple bedrooms make it perfect for family or group vacations.  Yet, I book the suite just like a normal hotel room.  It’s so simple.  In addition to all the room, I get to enjoy traditional resort amenities, including restaurants and pools with swim-up bars. (more…)

Carefree in the Caribbean: Budget Bahamas and Puerto Rico

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Enjoy alfresco dining and sweeping views of San Juan Bay at Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel.

By Vince Font

You don’t have to be an experienced world traveler to know that you can get cheap Caribbean vacations for rates that are so startlingly low, they don’t even seem to make mathematical sense. Still, many people see these costs and immediately think “What’s the catch?” As you’ll come to learn, there are no catches. Just deals so incredible they boggle the mind. Here are just two of the coolest cheap hotels and vacation packages you’ll find in the Caribbean. (more…)

Cheap Caribbean vacations: Why I love Barbados

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The cliffside Crane Resort tempts with historic hotel rooms, private residences and plenty of pools.

By Vince Font

There’s something that’s always drawn me to Barbados. Maybe it’s the fact that you really can’t get any further east without actually exiting the Caribbean and finding yourself already halfway across the Atlantic to Africa. Or maybe it’s the local culture, and the fact that everyone there speaks English so I don’t have to feel as if I’m coming off like another annoying tourist (which I am, let’s face it). But looking over the bevy of cheap Caribbean vacations that I found online recently, I realized that I might just be in love with Barbados because it’s so darn cheap to vacation there. If you think that’s silly and that maybe I need to perform a reevaluation of my priorities, check out the two  cheap Caribbean vacations I found below and then tell me I’m crazy. (more…)

Save in style at 3 cheap San Francisco hotels this spring

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

A 2009 renovation brought a chic look to Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel, a go-to for cheap rates.

By Susan Johnston

Springtime is one of the best seasons to visit San Francisco, as the weather is usually mild and cloudless, without the rain that typically dampens other parts of the country. And with San Francisco hotel deals galore, now is the perfect time to plan a Northern California vacation. Relax and unwind in West Coast style at one of these three cheap San Francisco hotels. (more…)

Cheap Cancun hotels: The lure of Barcelo Costa

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

With an ocean view room, you're always steps away from the beach.

By Vince Font

As an avid traveler, I’m willing to go to any lengths to find those elusive travel deals — even if it means sacrificing sleep. Lately, I’ve been Googling one phrase on my laptop: cheap Cancun hotels. Granted, it’s a phrase that has always stirred mixed feelings for me. On one hand, it’s a luxury destination for those with a lot more butter on their bread than me. On the other, it’s raises fuzzy memories of past college spring break vacations. Ambivalence aside, my hunt produced one true diamond in the rough:  Barcelo Costa Cancun All Inclusive Resort, which had an amazing nightly rate. While I thought I might be in a dream, I knew I couldn’t pass up such a great deal on a cheap Caribbean vacation.


Go all-inclusive on your next cheap Caribbean vacation

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Escape for cheap on an all-inclusive getaway in Montego Bay at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort.

By Vince Font

If you’re like me, you don’t have relatives living near the most exciting vacation destinations in the world. The good news is I may have found the perfect vacation — an all inclusive vacation. My experience at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay All Inclusive is what did it for me; now I finally believe in the elusive cheap Caribbean vacation that always seemed too good to be true. In fact, when I suggested a three-night getaway to the SunSpree, my wife gave me her trademark “Are you kidding me?” look. That look disappeared when I delivered the details on the asking price; At 60 percent off, we weren’t going to let our very own cheap Caribbean vacation slip away. We didn’t wait a second — we pounced.