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Cost-Conscious Caribbean

During the cooler months of late fall, you may enjoy the dropping temperatures. But for those warm-weather lovers who are less than thrilled to see the sun go, why not consider a trip to the Caribbean?

According to Kevin Matier, the assistant director of Caribbean marketing for GoGo Worldwide Vacations, fall is the value season in the Caribbean. "You can save up to 50% in the off season," Matier says. "A lot of airlines run sales in the fall."

Air Jamaica is one that frequently features special deals for travel in the fall. They offer other perks, such as non-stop flights from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta and other large cities. Their free stop-over program also allows travelers booked for another Caribbean destination to stop in Jamaica for a short visit and then continue to their final destination at no additional charge.

Another way to save money on a Caribbean vacation is by staying at an all-inclusive resort. Club Med has a number of villages in the Caribbean and offers packages that include your room, three meals a day (including beer and wine at lunch and dinner), most sports, entertainment and activities for children at their family villages. All-Inclusive Vacations offers discount vacations, mostly to Sandals and SuperClubs resorts in Jamaica, the Bahamas and St. Lucia.




But it is important to know what you're getting when you book an all-inclusive vacation. Everything is not always included and each of these resorts has a different atmosphere, ranging from family-friendly to couples-only. For tips on what to look out for when booking a vacation, check out this article from Smarter Travel.

For those who prefer to plan their own Caribbean getaway, one of the smaller islands may be a better fit. Fodor's offers information on accommodations, dining and entertainment on St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Each of these Caribbean destinations has its own specialties or featured activities. If you are looking for something specific, such as scuba diving, golf or a vibrant nightlife, choose carefully and be sure to do your research. Here are a few of the top spots for the most popular Caribbean activities.

Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

  • Cozumel, Mexico
    Located 12 miles off the coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, Cozumel is known for its clear waters with 150-foot visibility and more than 30 incredible chartered reefs.

Golf

  • Resort Golf Vacations
    This site can help you plan and book packages at golf resorts in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. They also offer resort golf cruises!

  • Caribbean Online
    A listing of golf courses on popular Caribbean islands.

  • Casa de Campo (Jamaica)
    This resort is home to "Teeth of the Dog," one of the world's best golf courses and the No. 1 ranked course in the Caribbean.

Sailing & Boating

  • Caribbean Online
    A list of charter companies on the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and other Caribbean destinations.

  • Royal Caribbean
    Check out this site's hot deals section, which features promotions such as a two-night ight Bahamas Cruise starting at $140!

  • Carnival
    More than 20 ships departing from multiple U.S. ports.




   --- A. Harris

 
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