Sunshine savings: Tips for tropical travel

We’re all looking forward to warmer weather at this time of year and right now you may be feeling like a tropical trip is in order.

Gabe Saglie, senior editor for Travelzoo, joined The Rhode Show with some tips for tropical travel.

Top 5 Topical Travel Tips

  • Timing: Prices peak in winter and popular summer months
  • Location: Destinations with more resort options yield biggest value
  • Air Lift: More flights means bigger airfare savings
  • Sail away: Cruises can be the ultimate tropical sampler
  • Research: Options for food, kids, activities, etc. can range widely

The Deals: Vacations

Mexican Vacation

Riviera Maya

Roundtrip airfare from PVD to Cancun

4 nights at the Viva Wyndham Maya Resort

  • Oceanfront resort set on popular Playa del Carmen
  • Property boasts six restaurants, an oceanfront pool with a swim-up bar, a spa and a kids club

All-inclusive: all meals, cocktails/drinks, activities and tipping included

  • $659/pp

Travel September-October; +$80 for travel in May-June

Caribbean Vacation

Dominican Republic

Roundtrip airfare from BOS to Puerto Plata, DR

6 nights at the Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort

  • Oceanfront resort featuring a 2-level pool w/swim-up bar
  • Guests have access to a VIP beach w/premium drinks and sushi restaurant

All-inclusive: all meals, cocktails/drinks, activities and tipping included

  • $659/pp

Travel September-October; +$100-$150 for travel in June-Aug.

Spotlight: Resorts

Couples San Souci Resort

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Deluxe adult-only resort built on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea

Property features 4 pools and 10 restaurants/bars, as well as private clothing-optional beaches, glass-bottom boat tours, unlimited golf, aerobics classes and more

Resort is ranked among Travel & Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels for 2014

  • $196/pp/nt. (40% off) w/$300 resort credit

Travel July-Aug.; +$58/pp for travel May-June

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

Costa Rica

Brand new 4.5 Star resort that opened in December

Nestled between the Gulf of Papagayo and the turquoise waters of Culebra Bay, resort is home to 3 restaurants

(serving fresh seafood and local fare) and a full-service spa (w/inside and outside treatment options

Guests can unwind on two secluded beaches or lounge poolside at either the hotel’s family pool, or adults-only pool

  • $180/nt. (50% off)
    • Includes daily breakfast for 2 and $100 resort credit

Travel May-Oct.

Rincon Beach Resort

Anasco, Puerto Rico

Tropical beachfront resort located near the famous surfing beaches of Rincon

Area attractions include sea caves, observatories and island diving excursions

Fly into Aguadilla (instead of San Juan)

  • $144/nt. (40% off) w/kayak rental & room upgrade

Travel through May, 3-night minimum

Spotlight: Cruise

7 nights at sea

r/t from Miami

7-night cruise r/t from Miami aboard the world’s newest mega-ship, the Norwegian Getaway

Ship features an oceanfront walkway lined w/shops and bars, a 3-level sports complex (w/ The Plank, which extends 8 feet over the side of the ship), 5 waterslides, 26 dining options and 12 lounges (inc. a dueling piano bar)

Ports of Call: Miami, St, Thomas (USVI), St. Maarten, The Bahamas

  • $749/pp in a Balcony Cabin
    • Includes $200 onboard credit

Sail Dates: select dates Sep.-Jan.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s