Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Caribbean Summer Specials Make Last Minute Vacations Real

Caribbean Summer Specials Make Last Minute Vacations Real As we race through summer, there are many good vacation offers still available in the Caribbean for families who want to squeeze in a tropical beach vacation before school starts. Here are some picks throughout the region, and a pretty thorough roundup from Family Travel Forum of other family summer vacation offers if none of these rings your bell.


The sun-kissed island of Anguilla is a place for families to experience an off-the-beaten-path Caribbean vacation with luxurious and affordable accommodations, outstanding cuisine and serene settings. In summer, it offers island-wide rates starting at 30% off. The island is best known for its 33 pristine powder-white sand beaches. Beyond the beach, kids of all ages can enjoy activities like swimming with dolphins, hiking Anguilla’s Katouche Valley, learning about the island’s rich history at the quaint Heritage Collection Museum and getting all-under one room at one of Anguilla’s many villas. Anguilla also has more than 100 restaurants, from fine dining, to roadside barbeques, to beachfront bistros to please appetites of any age.

At the Carimar Beach Club on beautiful Meads Bay, families will find big apartment-style suites that are now on sale, with an offer of seven nights stays for the price of five. This is good until November 15, 2013, with weekly rates for a one-bedroom suite starting at $1,409. Golfers may prefer Paradise Cove, is an all-suite resort bordered by three holes of the island’s Greg Norman 18-hole golf course and just a 10-minute walk to the turquoise waters of Cove Bay Beach. A studio suite by the week comes out to $200/night until October 3, 2013. Other special summer packages include accommodations, a rental car, a starter breakfast basket plus all applicable service charges.


If Aruba is your ideal island getaway, the Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba invites families to indulge in some fun in the sun at a steal with nightly rates starting at $179/N. The Westin certainly won't disappoint the little ones, with a variety of fun educational activities ranging from stargazing, “dive-in” movies by the pool, kid-friendly cooking classes, dance classes for babies and toddlers, and sand castle building contests . The Westin also has a dedicated Kids Club that hosts half and full-day sessions for guests ages 12 and under. Parents should take advantage of the Kids Club’s Parents Night off session on Thursdays, which allow parents a guilt-free night off to indulge in one of the resort’s many restaurants and spend some to themselves; don’t worry, the kids will be kept entertained with their own big night out supervised by trained Westin staff.

For more information and rates, please visit their Kids Club page. To book a stay or for more information, visit their Westin Aruba site.


The Cayman Islands, with shallow waters and calm seas, are a great place for your kids to learn to snorkel, scuba dive or sail. If you book your vacation package by July 31st, then you can get a 5th night free on your stay at any of their major hotels through September 1, plus an “Only in Caymans” savings card. Each summer, the Cayman Islands summer promotion means a 20% discount at the Turtle Farm, and many other attractions on Grand Cayman that offer kids free admission. Look online for offers posted by the participating partners.


Little fans of the Emmy Award winning children's show series, Raggs, will save big on the luxury Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic this summer.Starting July 20, guests at all the Palladium Resorts will welcome the Raggs crew to their resorts as exclusive on-site guests. With the new Play at Palladium with Raggs, children will have the opportunity to meet their favorite furry friends, whether they're found singing by the pool, dancing in the lobby, or posing for photos on the beach. In addition, the Palladium resorts feature dedicated age-specific facilities and activities so that the whole family--from toddler to teen--will definitely have something to do.

When guests book by July 21st, reservations at Montego Bay, Jamaica are 10% off for the month of July, or 15% off from August 8 through December 21st. Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic also has a special discount at 15% off from July 1st to December 21st. To book your stay or for more information, visit their Palladium Resorts website.

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