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While October might not scream “beach season,” many parts of the U.S. are still enjoying weather that calls for shorts and a lounge chair. Sure, you can go to Florida or Southern California pretty much year-round for sun and sand, but what about beach destinations that get cooler as fall sets in? For now, many of them are still prime for a late-season visit, with great deals, fewer crowds, and comfortable temperatures. Okay, so you might not get a sunburn (Who wants that, anyway?), but you’ll still find plenty to do in these seven locales:
Labor Day weekend signals the last hurrah of summer, one last chance to get away before recommitting to the rigors of work or school. With less than a month before the holiday, the clock is ticking, but if you think you missed the boat on planning your own close-to-home escape, think again. We’ve rounded up 12 Labor Day weekend travel ideas, all paired with great deals, to help you get out and enjoy the great outdoors while the days are still warm. With most destinations easily accessible from many major U.S. cities, these trips are tailor-made for a perfect long weekend.
In life, being in the right place at the right time is often due to serendipity, but in travel, it almost always is a result of good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, venture out between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, destinations are still welcoming travelers, and you can explore a locale at your own pace. We call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot and make it a point to round up the best of them for you each season. We’ve covered the 40 best places to travel for spring value and grouped them by region – follow the links to the right to discover this season’s Sweet Spots, then search our travel deals to start planning your trip.
From the east coast to the west coast and the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. boasts miles of diverse shorelines that provide picturesque backdrops to many of our favorite destinations. Head to one of our great coastal cities and spend less of your tax return on hotel stays. This week, we’ve rounded up a batch of hotel deals, all with nightly rates under $180 for stays April through June. Read more
After the holidays, we tend to get stuck in winter slumps. For many of us, as the temperatures drop and the sun goes down earlier, we’re left counting down the days until spring. But instead of hiding inside all winter, use the post-holiday months as a time to travel somewhere new, whether it’s to a relaxing beach, a ski resort out West, or Walt Disney World. All of the deals below are valid for travel throughout January – just in time to nip those winter blues in the bud.
January is one of the best months to visit Orlando, especially later in the month, when crowds at the theme parks are down after the holidays, and temperatures are in the perfect mid-70s. Hotels follow suit and dip down in pricing, like the 4-star Melia Orlando Suite Hotel, which starts at just $125 per night in January – a 45 percent savings on high season rates. The Melia is the closest all-suite hotel to the Disney Parks, and includes a full kitchen in each unit, plus a 360 -egree infinity pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary breakfast. Dozens more 4-star Orlando hotels are available for low rates in January, like the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orlando – Orange Lake Resort from $80 per night, the Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa from $97 per night, and the Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club from $105 per night. Read more
Looking for a great deal that isn’t only for the weekdays during the summer? Search no further than this new 4-star Myrtle Beach Hotel. Stay at the Aqua Beach Inn during the months of June and August for only $129 per night. For the month of July for only $179 per night that is a 60% discount for all three months. The Aqua Beach Inn is within walking distance to the Myrtle Beach’s famous boardwalk.
THE VALUE: Average price for this hotel during the months of June, July and August average $239 an night, so this deal is saving you $110 per night.
THE CATCH: Blackout dates: June 29-30, July 1-4, and August 30-31
THE DETAILS: Click here to book online with BookIt.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Check out our Myrtle Beach Travel Guide, to find places to eat, things to do and local tips!
Things are heating up on the Eastern seaboard – and not just because summer’s finally here. In beach towns spanning Maine to Florida, a wave of new hotels and offerings is coaxing sun-seekers to plant their beach umbrellas. We’ve whittled the field down to our top dozen destinations.
With an eye toward summer, ShermansTravel.com’s Top 10 Family Beaches roundup rightly includes South Carolina’s tranquil Hilton Head and good-naturedly takes a pass on the state’s Myrtle Beach, which in summer is about as untranquil as untranquil gets.
Myrtle Beach likewise gets that its June through August peak season and serenity don’t go together. That’s why the area begins to lure families in May, last year debuting its 1.2-mile boardwalk during the month-long MayFest, which yielded free concerts and deals and promises more of the same next month.
Set on procuring the best deals on the market, ShermansTravel.com editors have dug up an unmatched value on the shores of family-friendly Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Starting from just $85 for a two-night stay (50 percent off regular rates!), the beachfront Springmaid Beach resort, located on a secluded strip of sandy expanse, comprises oceanview guestrooms with balconies, full-sized refrigerators, and more. Plus, the resort provides free parking, complimentary access to the top-notch fishing pier, and free WiFi!
THE VALUE: Pay an incredible $42.50 per night to vacation on the beautiful strand of Myrtle Beach!
THE CATCH: These rates are applicable to travel dates through May. From June through August, a two-night stay will cost you $159 – just $79.50 per night!
THE DETAILS: Visit www.yuupon.com to book this deal.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find low rates on airfare to Myrtle Beach.
Peruse our Myrtle Beach Travel Guide for great family outing ideas, restaurant reviews, and trip-planning information.
DirectAir has brought back its Family Ties Sale in which customers can purchase flight certificates (tickets) on any of DirectAir’s routes without passenger names, dates, or destinations for a total cost of $159, taxes, reservation, and convenience fees included! By purchasing these blank certifications, customers can schedule trips at their convenience, deciding later whether to visit destinations like Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls, Orlando, New York, and Chicago. DirectAir has granted fliers total freedom in a world where traveling is otherwise filled with restrictions and red tape. To sweeten the deal DirectAir has also announced new service to West Palm Beach, Florida, which is included in the Family Ties Sale.
THE VALUE: When you couple the $159 price tag and total customer flexibility with no blackout dates and the ability to purchase up to 20 vouchers, the value is one for the books!
THE CATCH: Unfortunately, DirectAir’s flight routes are limited. Take a look at their flight schedule.
THE DETAILS: Tickets must be purchased by August 10 for travel between September 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, depending on departure and arrival cities. To book your flight, visit www.directair.com.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Can’t find the flight you’re looking for? Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the flight you want.
Visit our Hotel Deals Page to book a hotel during your vacation.
Direct Air just announced that it is adding even more nonstop flights to one of America’s favorite family destinations, Myrtle Beach – and rates start from as little as $99 one-way. Never heard of this Myrtle Beach-based airline? Direct Air’s flights are public charters operated by XTRA Airways, USA Jet, and Vision Airlines – so it’s unlikely that you’ll see it pop up in an airfare search on most major websites. Although Direct Air’s route network and flight schedules aren’t as robust as that of other domestic carriers, its flights are often significantly less pricey.
THE VALUE: Many of these flights take off from smaller hubs that offer a handful of airline options so prices are much higher than major cities. Direct Air’s rates are easily $150-$250 less than competitors, plus you get the luxury of flying nonstop.
THE CATCH: Some flights are seasonal, and baggage charges apply.
THE DETAILS: For more information, check out www.visitdirectair.com.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Check out our Myrtle Beach Travel Guide for tips and advice on what to see and do.
If you know your dates, check hotel rates on our Travel Search price comparison tool.
Get a ride to the beach with our Car Rentals Deals.
Typically, when we think of March Madness, we picture college basketball fans sitting at the edge of their seat watching nail-biting games, hoping they’re not bracket busters. Well, DirectAir wants you to re-think the highly popularized term, and with good reason. They’re currently offering a remarkable golf package in Myrtle Beach, S.C., from $499.
The March Golf Madness deal is valid Thursday to Sunday from March 1 through March 31, and includes the following:
• Round-trip airfare to the Grand Strand from a variety of cities
• A 3-night stay at the Legends Resort
• Daily breakfast
• Two afternoon rounds of golf with carts
• All-day use of the practice facility with unlimited balls
To book, visit www.visitdirectair.com, or call 1-888-510-4363.
By: Sherman’s Travel Editorial Staff
For one glorious season each year, America’s beaches come into full bloom. To help you pick a great destination for a bit of summery respite – and to enlighten you to the country’s great diversity of sun and sand – Sherman’s Travel spoke to experts around the country, polled readers and staffers, and got the most in-the-know correspondents to divulge their favorite U.S. beaches. Then, we narrowed the selection down to specially themed categories consisting of several beaches each (it wasn’t easy!). Just for fun, we’ve thrown in our favorite beach movies, songs, bars, and restaurants, too.
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