The Caribbean

What's the Deal? The best Caribbean travel deals by land, sea and air.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


-- The Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, scheduled to open April 20, is offering introductory rates. Nightly rate for a resort-view room starts at $199, plus about $42 taxes and fees, for stays through Dec. 22. The new 350-room resort is at Santa Barbara Plantation, a 1,500-acre community on the southeastern side of Curacao. Info: 800-554-9288,

-- Sandals is offering several deals, including two free nights on stays of seven nights or longer, a $250 spa credit and/or discounts of up to 65 percent. Deepest discounts apply to select suite categories at any of 14 resorts in Jamaica, St. Lucia, the Bahamas and Antigua. For example, a week-long September stay in a honeymoon beachfront one-bedroom loft suite at Sandals Negril in Jamaica is now $4,995 per couple, including taxes; suite is typically $2,220 a night. For all Sandals deals, book by March 11. Travel dates and restrictions vary by property. Info: 888-726-3257,

-- Leeward Resort on Providenciales, an island in Turks and Caicos, is offering 50 percent off its deluxe king rooms, plus free car rental, for stays through April 14. Rate is $150 a night, plus 11 percent taxes. Auto rental is through Avis. Minimum three-night stay required. Info: 877-407-6197,


-- Costa Cruises has last-minute discounts on several Caribbean cruises departing this month. For example, a seven-night cruise aboard the Costa Fortuna starts at $399 per person double (plus $60 taxes), a savings of 60 percent off the brochure rate. The cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 21 and stops in St. Thomas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos islands. Info: 877-882-6782,

-- Book a cruise on Norwegian at least nine months in advance and receive an onboard credit of up to $300 per cabin. Deal applies to suites and villas. Cruises of five days or longer receive a $300 credit; shorter cruises get $150. Credit is good for shore excursions, spa services, specialty restaurants, etc. Pricing varies by cruise. For example, a seven-night Florida and Bahamas cruise aboard the Norwegian Gem starts at $2,958 per couple per suite, including taxes. Depart from New York on Feb. 26. Book by April 1. Info: 866-234-7350, Request promo code PGOBC.


-- Air Jamaica has sale fares on flights from BWI Marshall to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Nonstop air is $297 round trip, including $99 taxes. Book by March 18 and travel through May 28 (minus March 27-April 16 blackout dates). Fare on other airlines starts at $357. Info:


-- Book a Curacao Now package by March 15 and receive a $200 airfare rebate per person, a $200 food-and-beverage credit per room and a free night's stay with a minimum five-night vacation. Travel May 1-July 4 and Aug. 15-Dec. 18. The package must be booked by one of 15 approved travel agencies. For example, a five-night trip in early June, booked through American Airlines Vacations, starts at $840 per person double (including taxes), before air rebate and food credit. Package includes lodging at the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino and round-trip air from Reagan National. Booked separately, the trip would cost $949. Ten hotel properties are participating in the promotion. Travelers must fill out an air credit form (available from the travel agent) to receive the rebate; food-and-beverage credit is applied upon checkout. Deal also includes vouchers for a free dive, free one-day car rental and discounts on attractions, transfers and tours. Info:

-- Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is offering several combinable promos. Get a free fourth night of lodging and one companion airfare, plus kids younger than 12 stay and play free. Pricing varies by dates and accommodations. For example, a family of four traveling in early May pays from $1,987 for a four-night stay (taxes included), a savings of $453. For the lodging discount, book by March 31 for travel through Sept. 30. For free companion air, book by May 10 for travel through March 18 and April 11-Dec. 22. Ongoing kids' promo includes access to Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park. Info: 888-877-7525,

-- Carol Sottili

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