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j.n. ding darling national wildlife refuge, sanibel, florida

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As winter maintains an icy grip on the East Coast for a few more weeks, we like the idea of following the birds south to sunny Sanibel. Just off the coast of Fort Myers in Florida, Sanibel has seen a resurgence in national and international tourism in recent years, thanks to its year-round sun and white, sandy Gulf beaches. It’s a quieter, more relaxing, and very affordable scene here compared to the hubbub along the state’s eastern coast — ideal for those seeking to stay active but low-key, all the while enjoying fine dining and great shopping. Here’s how to make the most of the area’s expansive nature and golden warmth.

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YVE Hotel Miami downtown deals

YVE Hotel Miami

Bunking in a brand-new hotel near the beach for $169 per night this spring? Yes, please!

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By Annemarie Dooling for Yahoo! Travel

Even though you don’t need a passport to visit and the U.S. dollar is the official currency, Puerto Rico feels like another world — the ultimate beach getaway destination. Instead of just flying in for a quick weekend, here’s how to spend the best week of your life in Puerto Rico.

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No Passport Needed: The Perfect 7-Day Trip to Puerto Rico

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Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Toss the snow shovel and grab the sunscreen! While most of the nation faces bitter cold and mounds of fluffy white stuff, these small town destinations offer moderate temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and a whole lot of fun.

Las Cruces, New Mexico: From wide open spaces to space exploration, Las Cruces has something for just about anyone. Sled down a hill of warm sand at White Sands National Monument, sample wines along the Rio Grande River, or get schooled Scovilles at the Chile Pepper Institute. Or, tour nearby Spaceport America, where the nation’s first space tourists will soon blast off. On your way, stop at Hatch –the birthplace of New Mexico’s infamous green chiles.

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Kaanapali Coast, Maui, Hawaii

Laura Motta

Craving a tropical getaway? If you can travel to Hawaii between now and March 18, the savings on airfare are huge if you book through Delta Airlines.

Hawaii’s islands are extending a little bit of “mahalo” (Hawaiian for gratitude) by partnering with Delta on rock-bottom fares. The sale — for flights between Hawaii and the 48 contiguous United States — runs through February 16 and travel must commence no earlier than February 17.

Just how big is this sale? Round-trip flights start at $434.

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Olive Boutique Hotel, Puerto Rico

Olive Boutique Hotel, Puerto Rico

We’re constantly asked about Puerto Rico’s all-inclusive resorts. The “one-price-pays-all” vacation experience is popular throughout the Caribbean, but unfortunately, that’s not so true on this particular island. When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, the pickings in Puerto Rico are slim — there are a mere two options — and one doesn’t get many gold stars.

In most cases, your best bet is to choose a hotel offering perks like free breakfast, non-motorized watersports, parking, and WiFi. These places give you a little more bang for your buck — and we do mean your buck. U.S. dollars are the local currency, and you won’t need a passport, either! Here are some options to consider.

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A Complete Guide to Tayrona National Park, Colombia

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Tayrona National Park, located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, is any adventurer’s dream escape as an ocean-rainforest combination. But its remote location and lack of a nearby airport can leave travelers scratching their heads on how to get there without breaking the bank. The good news is that it’s easier than you think to do it on the cheap. Here’s a complete guide on seeing the magnificent park.  Read more

grand lucayan hotel deal in the bahamas

Grand Lucayan

With snow blanketing much of the Northeast, and cold temps per usual in the Midwest, what better time to book a tropical vacation? In the most recent batch of our weekly Top 25 Deals, there’s a great opportunity for chilly travelers to feel that heat at Grand Lucayan in the Bahamas, on Freeport’s Lucaya Beach, while saving as much as 70 percent.

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Deal Alert: Free Airfare to a Privately Owned Island Resort in Fiji

Turtle Island

If you’re dreaming of escaping to a tropical hideaway while most of the country is up to their eyeballs in snow, a new offer from the Turtle Island Resort Fiji — located on a beautiful private island — may spur a trip to the South Pacific.

When you book a seven-night, all-inclusive stay between February 21 and June 15, the resort will cover two roundtrip economy international airfares from LAX up to $2,500. For context, it depends on the specific itinerary, but most flights between the two destinations fall somewhere between $1,000 and $1,250 per person. This means that there shouldn’t be significant excess costs from Los Angeles. If you have to connect from elsewhere, though, you’ll have to cover that fare yourself.

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Deal Alert: Key West Hotel for $41/Night per Person in Winter

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Whether you crave a slice of key lime pie, a tour of Ernest Hemingway’s former home, or simply a chaise on the beach, Key West offers all that — in a super-hip, laid-back kind of way. And that’s precisely the vibe captured at NYAH, which stands for “Not Your Average Hotel.” This less than year-old property boasts artisan appeal and budget prices, even in winter. For best savings, bring a bunch of your friends. Here’s a breakdown of the room rates and offerings.

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There’s the Florida Panhandle you think you know — the Spring Breaker in Panama City Beach scene — and then there’s the sophisticated, hip foodie towns. This includes Rosemary Beach, an eco-friendly master development community with a brand-new boutique hotel, boasting some attractive high season sales to boot.

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The holiday rush is over. The gifts are given. The resolutions are made. Now it’s time to take a break — or at least plan one. Here’s a list of some travel destinations that we’re excited about in 2015. We think the following places embody the best that the world has to offer — expansive beaches, small-town charm, under-the-radar restaurant scenes, and much more. The best part? These destinations were chosen because they offer travelers something special at a price that won’t destroy their bank accounts. Here at ShermansTravel, we firmly believe that Europe doesn’t always have to be expensive, that the South Pacific can be considered a “budget” vacation, and that America’s cities are teeming with culture at an amazing price. Here’s where our budget-conscious selves are looking for value in 2015. We hope that these surprise and inspire you…

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Algarve, Portugal
Considering its cost of living is roughly 30 percent lower than all of Western Europe, it’s no surprise that Portugal is a very budget-friendly destination. But why Algarve in particular? We love its off-beat feel — while Portugese locals flock here in June and July, it’s virtually unknown to most American travelers — and lodging along this beautiful beach is extremely affordable. Hotel and apartment rentals go for less than $100 per night in peak season or even under $50 in low season. Come and you’ll be rewarded with blue-green vistas and craggy rocks that form stunning cave-like structures. Beyond the breathtaking sea views, cafes serving fresh seafood line the streets, castles fill the historic town, and plenty of hiking can be had in-land. It helps, too, that the town, just a short train ride from Lisbon, is small enough that you don’t need a car to get around.
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All-inclusive resorts take the effort out of vacationing—you pay upfront, you don’t have to make an itinerary, and you have access to great food and entertainment onsite. But, all-inclusive resorts have a few other advantages over the traditional resort experience. Here are five things that might surprise you about all-inclusive resorts.

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Will McGough

While Papua New Guinea may be a burgeoning destination, it certainly isn’t cheap. Due to the mining industry and the presence of Exxon and WHO, rent prices in the country’s capital, Port Moresby, are on par with those in some of the world’s most-visited cities like Paris. Though the cost of living decreases once you get out of the capital and into other areas, traveling within the country will cost you due to the lack of infrastructure and high fuel costs. This means flying or doubling-up with a car and a boat — so know that if you want to travel through the country, transportation costs will be your biggest burden. For this reason, most people who visit the country pick a place and stay put.

The good news is that one of the most popular landing spots, the coastal town of Alotau, is one of the more affordable once you actually get there. It’s a 45-minute flight from Ports Moresby and a launching point to explore WHAT Bay, highly regarded for its scuba diving, seaside villages, and historical islands. Alotau is unique in that’s its been able to offer what the rest of the country cannot: High-value lodging and easy access to a wide range of experiences.

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Matt Harrington

TV host and cookbook author Katie Lee loves to travel: St. Bart’s for surfing, shopping markets in India, and browsing bazaars in Morroco. One place she hasn’t been? Machu Picchu. Before she makes it to Peru, though, she’ll host a lot of out of town guests in her home (something she loves to do). In our one-on-one interview, Katie talks to us about her carry-on items, traveling routines, and her favorite place to visit abroad (hint: it’s in Africa)!

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