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Travel Deals: Fall Savings in the Caribbean & Other Sandy Spots

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We can almost taste fall, feel the breeze in the air, and the start of sweater weather. Before the temperatures really drop and the rates start to rise, now is the time to book your final 2012 beach vacation. According to Hotwire, right now the average hotel rates run from $113 in the Bahamas to $92 in Puerto Rico, where rates are down 4 percent from this time last year. This week we’ve rounded up fall deals throughout the Caribbean and in few other seasonal spots.

Romantic Cayman Islands

Right now you can take advantage of island-wide deals in the Cayman Islands’ Fall in Love specials. Discounts apply on bookings made by October 31 for travel through November 1, 2012. Specials include: the fifth night free at The Islands Club, or stay seven  nights and pay for five, plus a 10 percent discount on nightly rates, dive shops, and other activities all around the island during this period.  Find out all the details online.

Regent Palms Turks & Caicos

Looking for a deal on a beachfront resort? How about 50 percent off to travel to Regent Palms Turks & Caicos? The deal is part of the “Once in a Lifetime” package that is valid for stays booked through October 20. Rates at $313 per night and the promotion applies to all accommodations at the luxurious beachfront resort. Included in the deal is continental breakfast, non-motorized water sports equipment on the beach, high-speed wireless Internet, a welcome amenity, plus use of the fitness center, tennis courts, and spa facilities. To book, call 866.877.7256 with promo code 1NLT.

There are even family-friendly deals in fall, especially ideal for families with small kids. In September and October, Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos and Jamaica is waiving the single-supplement fee for single-parent families. Book at least three nights and you’ll save up to $220 on the single supplement fee. This is an all-inclusive resort so you get all meals and drinks, Sesame Street-themed activities, dive-in movies and beach activities. Click here to book.

Dive into Christmas with the promotion going on at The Sands at Grace Bay. The resort has has partnered with Ocean Vibes Scuba & Watersports Ltd., so the promotion lets you take 4th Night Free (obviously on stays of up to three nights) and you also receive five days of discounted Scuba Dive Packages. Scuba rates start at only $130 per person/per day for resort guests and room rates start at $169 per night including taxes. For more information on the Ocean Vibe Dive Packages visit their website. To make scuba dive reservations with these discounted day package rates,  call 1-855-444-REEF (7333) and request “The Sands at Grace Bay Fall Special.” For hotel rates, go online using the promo code “4NF” –or call  (877) 777-2637 from the U.S. or  (800) 567-5327 from Canada.

Double Adventures

Across the ocean, CostaBaja Resort & Spa in La Paz has a “Pick Two Adventures” package that includes two nights accommodations at CostaBaja Resort & Spa, daily breakfast, spa treatment at CostaBaja’s Espiritu Spa and a steak dinner at Steinbeck’s Restaurant. Plus it wouldn’t be an adventure package without allowing guests the choice of the following adventures (max. one per day in the package): swimming with sea lions, sport fishing, sea kayaking, diving, snorkeling, golf at CostBaja Golf Club and a La Paz City Tour. The package is a 60 percent discount with rates starting at $490.00 before the 14 percent tax per person and expires November 30, 2012. To book, visit the website or call 877.392.5525.

A Whole Island of Savings

Nassau Paradise Island’s latest Instant Savings promotion runs from now until October 15, 2012. Prices are automatically discounted $300 when you book an air-inclusive six-night stay, and drops $200 on a four or five-night stay at any participating hotel.  Travel must be completed between September 10, 2012 and February 28, 2013.  Participating hotels include: Atlantis, Paradise Island; The Cove Atlantis; Gray cliff Hotel; Paradise Harbour Club & Marina; Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island; Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino; Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. Click here for more information.

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