While the rest of the world is decking the halls and making merry in the snow and cold, you could be lounging under cobalt blue skies with a tropical libation in hand toasting the sun and warm temperatures.
Jamaica: From now through Christmas you can score hotel rooms for less than $170 per night at most resorts in Jamaica. Hotwire.com and Expedia are featuring nearly a dozen discounted rates which allow you to stay and play. Highlights of the island paradise include winter temperatures in the upper 80s, plus award-winning golf courses. If you enjoy exploring the great outdoors, don’t miss hiking the Blue Mountains or visiting Dunn’s River Falls and Park in Ocho Rios.
The Dominican Republic: This internationally-renown warm-weather destination is a favorite with frugal travelers. If you complete your stay before Christmas you can enjoy 60 percent off hotel rates. In some cases, that means you will only have to shell out $80 for a room at a luxury resort located in popular Punta Cana or Puerto Plata. In addition to soaking up the sun and warm temperatures, you can take part in the Dominican Republic’s diverse water sports, including parasailing and snorkeling.
Puerto Rico: This tropical getaway is one you can visit for a steal. Online travel websites, such as Hotwire, Travelocity and Expedia are listing rooms for less than $100 per night in San Juan, provided you travel before December 24th. World-class beaches await and don’t cost a dime for admission. The pristine strips of sand are among the most awe-inspiring on the planet. In addition, Puerto Rico is a hotbed for shopping, sightseeing and a wide array of cultural entertainment.