Travelers choose the Caribbean for many reasons, only one of which is to escape the woes of winter. Subtract that and you still get balmy weather, beautiful waters, friendliness, food, and the sense of well-being that such a vacation can bring. If you add substantial savings to the equation, you have good reason to consider the Caribbean during the off-season. Here are some of those savings:
Club Med has seven-day, all-inclusive getaways starting at $675 in its resorts, including those in Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic, and Martinique. That's seven nights for the price of three.
(The fine print: Prices are land-only for selected dates through June 16 and Sept. 2-Nov. 3.)
Call 800-CLUB-MED or visit www.clubmed.com and click on Share a 7-day Weekend.
Another all-inclusive operation, SuperClubs' Breezes Resorts, is wooing families with nightly rates starting at $74 per person, coupled with Kids Stay Free and Single Parents Special programs. Through Dec. 24, children ages 2-13 stay, eat, and play for free, a $50 daily savings. The single supplement is waived for single parents traveling with youngsters during this same period. Both promotions are combinable and available at Breezes Puerto Plata Resort, Spa & Casino; Breezes Punta Cana Resort, Spa & Casino; and Breezes Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino.
(The fine print: The Kids Stay Free offer is for one child per paying adult. A three-night minimum stay is required for both offers.)
Call 800-GO-SUPER (467-8737), visit www.superclubs.com, or see a travel agent.
Dominica is rapidly becoming known for its ecotourism, adventure possibilities, and good prices. For instance, the Garraway Hotel is offering a Sweet Sisserou Special June 15-Sept. 15 that includes seven nights in a deluxe room, airport transfers in a private taxi, full daily breakfast, and a private full-day island tour with a guide. The package is $995 per couple. If you book before June 15, the hotel will upgrade you to a superior suite and add a candlelight dinner for two. And if you're wondering, the sisserou is a rare
Call 767-449-8800 or visit www.garrawayhotel.com. For more Dominica information and deals, call 888-645-5637 or visit www.dominica.dm.
Montpelier Plantation Inn, a secluded resort in Nevis, is featuring a Summer Special that offers one complimentary night with breakfast and afternoon tea when booking four nights or more. That's a savings of $280.
(The fine print: The special is valid June 1-Oct. 31, for new bookings.)
See a travel agent, call 869-469-3462, or visit www.montpeliernevis.com.
The Turks & Caicos Club's three-night Snorkel Away on Grace Bay package, available through Oct. 31, gets you a one-bedroom oceanfront suite; a half-day of snorkeling Provo's barrier reef; unlimited daily snorkeling off the club's beach and reef, with snorkeling equipment provided; breakfast and lunch daily; a gourmet dinner; and several other amenities. The price is $1,995 per couple.
Go to www.turksandcaicosclub.com/package/snorkeling.html or call 649-946-5800.
Wimco Villas upscale properties are discounted as much as 40 percent until mid-December. For example, on St. Barts, a three-bedroom villa with a bath in each bedroom is priced at $9,200 in season, but is available now for $5,800 a week.
Call 800-449-1553 or visit www.wimco.com.
During Dive Into Adventure Bonaire, June 17-24, some of the world's most prominent marine biologists, conservationists, naturalists, underwater photographers, and diving pros will lead dive and dive-related adventures. Land-only packages including seven nights' accommodations at one of the host hotels, breakfast daily, six days of one-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, round-trip airport transfers, hotel taxes, and service charges start at $619 per person. Bonaire also has several attractive packages throughout the off-season.
Call 800-BONAIRE (266-2473) or visit www.infobonaire.com.
Visit www.uniquediscounttravel.com or call 800-669-0757.
Call 888-TOURS-ABC (868-7722) or visit www.clubabc.com.
Call 800-874-8686 or visit www.edgewaterbeachresort.com.
When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Contact Richard P. Carpenter at email@example.com.