Itching to get away on a cheap vacation after a brutal winter? Aren't we all. These places offer a relaxing setting where you can let the stress drain out of you without draining your bank account.
Deal: Family adventure from $109/night if you book by December 15, 2010
Why go: Looking for an easy getaway for the family? Catalina Island can show you a different side of Southern California and not break the bank.
What more do you get?
- Roundtrip ferry from L.A.
- Overnight accommodations at the Atwater Hotel in Avalon
- Overnight lodging at the Hotel Atwater
- One-hour kayak rental
- A round of mini golf
- Glass bottom boat tour
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For more information or to book, please visit Catalina Island, or call (800) 626-1496.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Deal: 50 percent off second room at great hotels in the Caribbean, St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands if you book before May 31 for travel between June 1 and August 31.
Why go: Spend summer vacation in the Caribbean for 25 percent less! Book a minimum stay of five nights at any participating resort — Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, Point Pleasant Resort, Sapphire Beach Resort, Secret Harbour Beach Resort, The Ritz-Carlton and Windward Passage Hotel on St. Thomas; The Buccaneer, Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Chenay Bay Beach Resort, Club St. Croix, Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino, Hibiscus Beach Resort, Hotel Caravelle, The Palms at Pelican Cove, Sand Castle on the Beach and Tamarind Reef Hotel on St. Croix; Concordia Eco-Tents, Maho Bay Camps and The Westin St. John Resort & Villas — and they'll knock 50 percent off the cost of a second room for your kids and throw in coupons for $200 worth of dining and local activities.
What more do you get?
- $200 in certificates for free dining and activities
Why go: The islands are more accessible than ever thanks to recently added sailing's from Norwegian Cruise Line and new flights from Delta (Detroit and San Diego), Continental (Los Angeles), American (Chicago), and Alaska and Hawaiian airlines (Sacramento, Oakland and San Jose, Calif.).
Don't miss: Aqua Hotels & Resorts runs stylish but accessible boutique hotels throughout Hawaii. From May 1 to June 30 the Kauai Beach Resort, set on 25 acres along the Coconut Coast, is offering "Travel + Leisure" readers the Spring Savings package: five nights in an Ocean View room with a private balcony, plus daily breakfast at the Naupaka Terrace restaurant, for a total of $695 - a 55 percent savings.
Two other deals for cheap vacations:
Explore Bruges at the Hotel Heritage — a 19th-century mansion. A four day trip if booked for May 1 through June 30, will only set you back $894 and will give you plenty of time to explore the historic city. A half-day guided walking tour of medieval Bruges and a daily breakfast are also include.
Cruise to Alaska
You can book a seven-night Alaskan cruise through Expedia for about $650 per person for an outside cabin. You'll sail roundtrip from Seattle on June 12, 2010 and visit a some of the region's most popular ports including Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. You may also be eligible to receive up to $75 in onboard credit.
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