Thinking about getting away from the wintry weather?

Do you want to get away from the cold, frigid weather? And maybe make it out of here before the first Nor’easter buries us all?

Gabe Saglie, Senior Editor for Travelzoo, joined The Rhode Show Tuesday to talk about the best warm weather destination deals to get away from the wintry weather.

Talking Points

  • Reality Check
    • Warm-weather searches on Travelzoo are up!
      • Searches for Caribbean vacation up 18% in Dec/Jan over Nov.
        • Dominican Republic searches up 23%
        • Cancun searches up 13%
        • Florida searches up 6%
      • Budget accordingly: it’s peak season in prime warm-weather spots right now
    • Size Matters
      • Destinations with higher number of resorts means more competition and better pricing
      • Hunt destinations with more “air lift”
    • Book Wisely
      • Weigh packages vs. DIY
      • Weigh vacations vs. cruises

The Deals

Spotlight: Florida

4-night Last-Minute Caribbean Cruise, r/t Ft. Miami

  • 4 nights aboard the new MSC Divina (had inaugural sailing fall of 2013)
    • Inspired by actress Sophia Loren, the fleet’s newest addition in the Caribbean boasts 4 pools — one of which is an infinity pool with panoramic sea views — a diva-worthy grand staircase inlaid with Swarovski crystals, a wine bar, a juice bar and poolside gelato bar
  • Ports of Call: Miami, Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay
      • $199/pp for Inside Cabin
        • Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day); Ocean View +$100/pp, Balcony +$200/pp

Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood Beach

  • Deluxe AAA 4-Diamond resort located right on beach
  • Property boasts 2 outdoor pools, 6 restaurants, a putting green, driving range and a 14,000-sq.ft. spa
  • Resort is a 10-minute drive from the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk (considered one of country’s best)
    • $279/nt. (30% off)
      • Travel thru April

Spotlight: Beach

Finest Playa Mujeres, Cancun

  • Brand new 4.5-Star Cancun resort set to open Feb. 2015 – w/12 pools, a luxurious spa, a kids area including a pool and playground, yoga classes, cooking lessons and kayak and paddleboard rentals
  • Sample something different every meal like seafood, steak, and French or Asian cuisine at any of the nine on-site restaurants
  • All-inclusive: all meals, cocktails/drinks, activities and tipping included
  • $249/pp/nt (35% off)
    • Travel Feb.-April; price drops to $199 for April-August travel

Breezes Bahamas, Nassau

  • Located directly on the powder-white Cable Beach, resort has 4 restaurants, 4 bars and 3 fresh-water pools
  • Property is close to downtown Nassau, which sees an average of 300 days of sunshine a year
  • All-inclusive: all meals, cocktails/drinks, activities and tipping included
    • $278/nt. for 2 guests (50% off)
      • Travel thru May; price drops $40 for June-August travel

 Tropical Vacation, Costa Rica

(video link for Los Lagos Hotel:

video link for Flamingo Resort at bottom of landing page:)

  • Roundtrip air from BOS to Costa Rica
  • 7 nights’ accommodations
    • 3 nights at the Los Lagos Hotel Spa & Resort in Arenal National Park (includes unlimited access to on-site hot springs, self-guided hiking trails with volcano views, butterfly garden and animal exhibits)
    • 3 nights at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa in Guanacaste (home to pristine beaches and scenic national parks)
    • One night in San Jose
  • Breakfast daily
  • Rental car included
    • $829/pp
      • Travel April-August

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