Summer is the best time of year to get great deals on Caribbean vacations, and if you visit the islands in the summer months you'll be welcomed with special events from concerts to carnival that help keep the visitors coming even in the "low" season. And here's a little secret for you: bargain rates in the Caribbean actually stretch well into the fall, so that "summer" deal you book now can find you lounging in the islands for cheap even as the autumn leaves start turning back home!
© Bolong Bay Resort
For a summer dive getaway, check out this package from the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
, where you'll save 30 percent from now through Aug. 31 and can take advantage of the resort's on-site, 5-star PADI training facility. Plus, the water in the Virgin Islands is calmer and clearer in the summer, making it a great time to dive the local reefs and wrecks.
© Alexander Hotel
Tiny Cayman Brac in the Cayman Islands
offers an "old Caribbean" experience at a pint-sized price: summer rates at the Alexander Hotel
start at just $156.25 per night for a deluxe queen room
© U.S.V.I. Tourist Board
The U.S. Virgin Islands
' Dive USVI Promotion offers you the opportunity to save $450 on your next dive vacation. Book a stay of six nights or more and receive $300 in dive certificates at participating dive shops across St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, plus $50 in retail certificates and $100 in restaurant certificates for each room reservation.
Village St-Jean Hotel
, a St. Barth's
cottage resort with 28 rooms in 10 acres of gardens, has just completed a two-year makeover that added new amenities, new suites, a new fitness center and a new tapas bar. Come experience it all this June and July, when the hotel is offering a special "Suite Upgrades" offer: seven nights in a cottage suite for the price of just five -- with an upgrade to a higher category (whatever's available at check-in).
© St. Lucia Tourist Board
From June 1 to Sept. 30, kids and families traveling to St. Lucia
can take advantage of a slew of upgrades, discounts, and kid-tailored activities through the island-wide "Go Bananas" promotion.
, a Solis Resort and Spa in Montego Bay
is offering a discount rate of $279 on one-bedroom suites for travel until July 31, 2011.
© Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Puerto Rico's Verdanza Hotel
is offering $100 in flight credit on travel through Sept. 30, a Caribbean travel deal with rates beginning at a low $125 per night for double occupancy.