Escape to the Tropics

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.

Escape to paradise this winter without breaking the bank.  It’s possible if you time take advantage of the money-saving deals being offered at the following sunny locales:

Jamaica:  From now through Christmas you can score hotel rooms for less than $170 per night at most resorts in Jamaica. 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.


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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.