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With spring break right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan your next adventure. Even upscale hotels are offering great rates for March and April travel, so you can stay at those luxe hotels you used to think you couldn’t afford, even during this prime travel period. From a boutique hotel in Denver to a brand-new 5-star resort in Goa, you can treat yourself to a spring break without breaking the bank. Read more
Recently, my friend and I took a girls’ getaway to St. Lucia. We were both excited to get away from the office for a week; we planned on unwinding at the beach on Sunday – the day we left New York – then spending six days swimming, sunning, and sleeping.
Then we looked at our plane tickets. Yes, we were leaving Sunday morning and returning Friday night, but we actually had just four full days in St. Lucia – and eight hours in the San Juan airport in both directions. While more and more direct routes to smaller Caribbean islands are becoming available, the cheapest flights still require layovers, and often long ones, in the Puerto Rican capital. Read more
With temperatures soaring across most of the country, it’s hard for some of us to think about baking in the Caribbean sun. However, cold weather will be here before you know it, and with it a slew of new flights from the East Coast and Midwest to take advantage of tropical destinations.
Booking now for new JetBlue service from D.C. to San Juan (daily) and JFK to Samana, Dominican Republic (twice weekly) will score you big savings. Launching August 23, one-way fares on the San Juan route will be as low as $129 for travel through November 14 if you book by July 13; this will be the only non-stop flight between the U.S. capital and the Puerto Rican capital. Similarly, book by this Friday to secure one-way fares to Samana starting at $169 for flights from the November 14 launch date through February 9.
The San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel is already one of Puerto Rico’s trendiest hotels, but with $2.5 million dollars spent on recent renovations, it has even more to offer. Notably new is Mist, a rooftop bar and lounge, to accompany the rooftop pool and views of the steps-away Isla Verde beach. At Mist (pictured) you can sip cocktails and eat Island-Italian-Spanish fusion tapas (made from locally grown ingredients) from the spacious pillowed and cushioned couches that truly deserve the word “lounge.”
If you’d rather consume your food by table and chair, the hotel also has a new restaurant, Zest. Zest, like the neon-blue-lit hotel that contains it, is uniquely decorated, with such design elements as a waterfall by the bar and a simulation of the surface of the ocean on the ceiling. The food, too, is unique: Diverse dishes are locally and sustainably-sourced and scent-infused to take your taste experience to the next level.
Stay at the upscale Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino with their Retreat to the Heat package. With rates starting at $169, stay three nights and receive the fourth night free! This is an effective rate of $127 per night – a savings of over 25% on their current rates. Plus, you’ll receive a $75 resort credit to be used on food, beverage, and more!
The hotel is located in the heart of historic old San Juan, directly on the waterfront. Soak up the sun at nearby beaches or enjoy yourself in the hotel’s casino. The Sheraton is also just steps away from world-class shopping, dining, museums, and entertainment.
Travel is valid from now through January 31. Book by December 15.
This deal is part of a wider sale available at Starwood Caribbean Hotels including the Westin St. John Resort & Villas and the Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba. Visit Retreat to the Heat to learn more.
THE VALUE: Save over 25% on current rates, plus receive a $75 resort credit.
THE CATCH: You must stay at least four nights to receive these savings.
THE DETAILS: Visit the Retreat to the Heat website and choose the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights to San Juan.
For general trip-planning information, see our San Juan Travel Guide.
After all that Oktoberfest frivolity, I suddenly have a hankering for more costumed fiestas, and not just because Halloween is on the horizon. Thankfully Atlantis Events has released its 2012 roster of cruises with two very different Caribbean itineraries, which translates into plenty of options to get your gay pirate on. Swimsuits and circuit parties, anyone?
Book now to take advantage of lower rates and snag a spot, because if history repeats itself these will sell out. Hedging your bets for a later sale is a losing proposition. Read more
Ever thought of escaping to Puerto Rico for your magical day, soaking up the sunshine and unspoiled ocean views in five-star luxury? Hilton Worldwide has just debuted its new ‘Bride Whisperers’ program in five of its properties across the country, complementing an already impressive array of services provided to its guests.
When I went from being a father of two to a father of three I got many “What were you thinking?” comments from friends, other parents, supermarket cashiers – virtually anyone who felt comfortable observing that my wife and I had exceeded some maximum. And you know who else I still hear it from? Hotel booking engines, which respond to my request for a single room accommodating two adults and three children with “exceeds max children” or some similar admonishment.
From the moment I began traveling with my party of five, my strategy has been to check the rate on a standard double room that takes two adults and two kids, and from there, grill reservationists about whether the room has a sofa bed or will accommodate a rollaway. I also ask if there’s a charge for the extra bed and/or an extra occupancy fee for my additional child. Much of the time I’m pleasantly surprised by the answer. And then there are those times like the other night when I called the Caribe Hilton in San Juan to see if the $269 a night room I found for February 20-24 allowed a rollaway. Nope.
The ShermansTravel Deals team hand-picks the special breed of deals that promises free perks ? no strings attached. Book this $665+ Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa vacation, which includes round-trip airfare, and receive your fourth night free. Additionally, enjoy complimentary daily breakfast for two, free room upgrade, and $100 in resort credit.
Take freestyle cruising to the next level on September 18 with this 7-night NCL cruise through the Western Caribbean aboard the new, Norwegian Epic. Priced from $659, this deal includes a free 5-category room upgrade, as well as $100 in free onboard spending.
In addition to airfare and a 3-night stay at the InterContinental Resort & Spa in San Juan, this Puerto Rico vacation starts from $594 and includes a complimentary fourth night, as well as perks like kids 17 and younger stay free.
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The popularity of cruising from New York continues to grow each year, but what may come as a shock to people is that some of the best cruise deals are coming out of Brooklyn. Plus, before or after their voyage, cruisers have the opportunity to check out “that other borough” that many have been proclaiming is the new Manhattan. Sailing from Brooklyn offers a variety of options, from New England fall foliage to luxury transatlantic sailings. Our editors like this 9-night cruise to the Caribbean – and back – starting from $999. That’s 47% off rack rates!
The Caribbean Princess sets sail August 13, and will spend a day at sea before reaching its first stop on the pink-sand beaches of Bermuda. From there, the ship visits San Juan, a duty-free port that is ideal for shopping as well as exploring numerous historical sites. After that, it sails to the turquoise waters of St. Thomas, in the Virgin Islands, followed by Turks and Caicos. Although many cruise ports are teeming with watersports, shore excursions, and shopping, Turks and Caicos remains the perfect place for rest and relaxation before returning to the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn. Interior cabins are priced from $999, but surprisingly, balcony staterooms are available for the same cost as an oceanview cabin, starting from $1,399.
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