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Le Petitbonum, Martinique

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates/Le Petitbonum

As the “Isle of Flowers,” Martinique’s natural charms are front and center. With a landscape blanketed with wild orchids and a sweeping terrain of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches, the Caribbean island is truly an embodiment of natural paradise. But, essentially an overseas department of France, sophisticated Martinique boasts enough culinary flair to qualify as a food lover’s heaven, too. Here, fresh local ingredients combine with French influences for a distinctive flavor that’s worth traveling for. These are the local spots to get a taste:

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Crane Beach, Barbados

Barbados Tourism Marketing

As the temperatures rise come summer, tropical destinations typically fall off the radar for many travelers. But that’s the thing: these slower months are a great time to experience the best the tropics have to offer — including a little luxury — for a whole lot less.

Case in point: Barbados. This Caribbean gem — a favorite among celebrities, romantics, and thrill seekers alike — offers perfect temperatures year-round and some of the world’s best beaches. Luxury abounds in Barbados, but if you head there this season, you’ll find some great deals. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy its attractions minus the crowds, having more of the island to explore for yourself. Here’s how to fill a getaway here with bang-for-your-buck activities and create priceless memories that won’t break the bank.

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Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina - Saint Lucia, Caribbean

Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina

Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina, snug on the shoreline along Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia, is the newest member of the Cappella Hotels brand (joining others in Düsseldorf, Singapore, and more). Since it’s re-opening last fall, the 124-room resort has charmed travelers with a taste for luxury with riots of tropical foliage everywhere you turn. And to kick off its first summer, the resort is offering a 50 percent discount off its suites, to make that luxury more affordable for all of us.

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Deal Alert: 3 Out of 7 Nights Free in St. Kitts

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St. Kitts is among the Caribbean’s least-visited islands, which is precisely what makes it so appealing. And getting there may be pricey — flights from Miami between May 29 and June 5 start from $747 round-trip and are only slightly less, from $676 in early December — but a deal from St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino will help offset the travel costs.

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Barbados, lomo beach

Flickr/Michael Stillwell

Have the Caribbean on your mind? Brilliant Barbados, a new campaign from the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, essentially shaves 25 percent off your hotel — with a few extra perks.

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Deal Alert: Summer Promotions at The Westin Grand Cayman

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa

There’s a reason we look south for great value for summer travel — all the warm-weather deals. The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa is just one example, with a fun special offer on tap.

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Win a Four-Night Trip to St. Kitts with Airfare Credit Included

St. Kitts Marriott & The Royal Beach Casino

When it comes to jetting off to the Caribbean, we don’t need much persuading. We’re sure you won’t either — especially since our latest giveaway involves a free trip for two to beautiful St. Kitts.

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Deal Alert: 3 Perks Worth Up to $1,350 Value on Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

For savvy seafarers in search of savings, spring is shaping up to be an opportune time to book your next cruise. From now until March 31, Celebrity CruisesSpring into Savings promotion lets travelers choose one of three perks, from beverages to onboard credit.

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indigenous eyes punta cana

Jessica Festa

Contrary to popular opinion, Punta Cana — one of the hottest destinations in the Dominican Republic — is not just about lounging on the beach and swimming at the resort pool. There’s much to enjoy for all types of travelers. To help you plan a trip that’s right for your tastes, here’s where to stay and what to do for three distinct traveler types.

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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.

Day 1:

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

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Curacao Ostrich Farm from ShermansTravel on Vimeo.

Beaches, snorkeling, and maybe some hiking — that’s typically what you’d expect from a Caribbean vacation. That’s why we were surprised to find ourselves on a “safari” jeep tour on a recent trip to Curacao. The Curacao Ostrich Farm, it turns out, is home to one of the largest populations of ostriches outside of Africa. It’s impressive to see how creatively and efficiently the farm operates; the on-site restaurant serves prime cuts while the rest of the animal is used to feed other livestock. Eggshells and even bones are used to make art. The tour explains all of this, and gives guests a thorough introduction to the animals themselves, from birth through adulthood. The video above shows some of what we learned: When you see this fight dance, prepare to run — it’s a warning sign for a potential attack, and ostriches are strong enough to break bones.

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Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. 

Seeing massive, blue-white glaciers and spotting wildlife are the rewards of any Alaska voyage, but experiencing the Last Frontier becomes more immersive than ever on Princess Cruises this year. Its new North to Alaska! cultural program, for all Alaska itineraries this May through September, will give cruisers the chance to meet local Alaskans (including a real-life lumberjack), nosh on local food like king salmon and king crab, and enjoy a Klondike Festival and Midnight Sun deck parties.

Fares vary. Six-night sailings on Pacific Princess, for example, start from $599 per person in May and $799 in July.

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5 Best Wave Season Cruise Deals for 2015

Norwegian Cruise Line

For savings-savvy cruisers in search of great value, welcome to “wave season” 2015. Like clockwork, when the new year rolls around, the cruise industry’s incentive-packed annual sales blitz known as wave season kicks in, as cruise lines compete to curry customers’ favor and kickstart the year’s sales. Look for a bevy of great cruise deals running from January through March — offering reduced rates, onboard credits, free upgrades, and plenty of other perks. Here are our top five picks.

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Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

Laura Motta

Every cruise ship has its quirks. Royal Caribbean’s newest — and third-largest — vessel, the Quantum of the Seas, is no different. Here are a few tips and tricks that we learned onboard that will help you sail smoothly.

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Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. 

If you know who Lady Mary, Tom Branson, and the Earl of Grantham are, read on. Crystal Cruises has taken the wraps off a two-night, post-cruise trip to the land of Downton, themed after the popular series about early 20th century English aristocrats. It’s an extension of the luxury line’s 17-night cruise departing July 8, 2015 from Reykjavik to London. Cruisers, who will pay $4,600 per person for the land tour (we never said it was cheap), will live like royalty while visiting Highclere Castle, the fictional home of the Grantham clan. They’ll arrive in vintage 1920s cars (chauffeured, of course) and be guests of honor at a private champagne reception and tour, among other Downton-related activities. Cruise fares on this itinerary — which crosses the Arctic Circle on its way to London — start at $1,730 per person if booked by January 2.

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