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jul 07 2016

Deal of the Day: 4 Nights in Puerto Rico From $349

Puerto Rico's fabulous Gran Melia resort for less than $100/night? Yup, and the deal is good for travel through November 17.


We love Puerto Rico for so many reasons: It's a U.S. island with easy entry (no passport!), and you can choose among activities as wide-ranging as salsa dance lessons, golf, luxurious spa treatments, swimming, snorkeling, and, of course, eating the tasty culinary delights that fuse Caribbean, Spanish, and Asian influences.

apr 21 2016

Tap That App! Ask a Digital Jeeves for (Almost) Anything With HotelTonight's Cool New Feature

HotelTonight San Francisco

The last-minute hotel-booking app HotelTonight has been a longtime favorite of ours here at BT. The genius is in its simplicity: Wait until 12 p.m. for across-the-board price drops the day you want to book a hotel (or 6 p.m. for deeper discounts), then scoop up deals on properties ranging from "Solid" to "High Roller." (HotelTonight says its prices tend to be 18 percent less than Expedia's or Booking.com's.)

jan 28 2016

Deals to Escape Winter!

Copamarina Beach Resort in Puerto Rico is offering deals from $145/night.

(Courtesy Copamarina Beach Resort)

Despite all the fun we had last weekend sledding and sipping cocoa, I'm getting a little weary of winter. So, I was psyched to see some luxe-for-less deals come our way. They can drop you on a warm, sunny beach, pronto:

PUERTO RICO. You don't need a passport to visit this U.S. territory, but in all other respects you’ll be a world away from home. Stroll the old-world streets of Old San Juan, kayak in the eerily beautiful Bioluminescent Bay, and taste local favorites like arepas and spicy Asian-fusion dishes that juxtapose noodles with Latin-flavored meat and vegetables. Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa is located on a secluded beach with 20 acres of tropical gardens and nearby diving opportunities from $145/night.

jan 25 2016

What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Mosquito sign

With health alerts about the Zika virus popping up in travel destinations all over the world, it's normal to feel skittish about visiting the affected countries. Here's what you need to know about the Zika virus and travel:

What countries have seen Zika virus outbreaks?

So far, 22 areas are experiencing a Zika virus outbreak—some of them tropical vacation destinations: Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Samoa, Suriname, Venezuela, and Africa's Cape Verde. It is expected to spread.

How severe is the Zika virus? What happens when you're infected?

oct 13 2015

Is Now the Best Time to Visit the Caribbean?

Visiting the warm, clear waters of the Bahamas in October can save you as much as 43 percent compared with a similar trip in February.


We've crunched some numbers and have good news for those of you yearning for a warm-weather getaway this fall: This year’s Caribbean hurricane season has been mild (as predicted), and the season is winding down over the next few weeks. October, November, and early December are great times to grab bargains in the Caribbean, before the holiday and winter crowds descend, driving up prices.

sep 18 2015

Great Getaways: Puerto Rico

El Morro in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pay a visit to El Morro in Old San Juan the next time you're in Puerto Rico.

(Courtesy sojourner73/myBudgetTravel)

If you're looking for a fun, affordable beach getaway, visit Puerto Rico, home to plenty of beaches and nightlife, and enough options to satisfy every foodie, nature lover, and history buff. And the best part? U.S. citizens can visit this island paradise without a passport.

Visit El Yunque National Rainforest

nov 13 2014

Bring Home a Taste of the Islands—With the Original Piña Colada Recipe

Say "piña colada." It rolls off the tongue nicely, doesn't it? And you might as well have said "party!" Did you know that the iconic tropical drink was originally created at Caribe Hilton, in Puerto Rico, in 1954 by bartender Ramón "Monchito" Marrero? The creative mixologist whipped up the classic and continued to serve up the tasty blend of rum, coconut, and pineapple until his retirement in 1989. The drink is now the official drink of Puerto Rico (which is one of our favorite affordable indulgences in the Caribbean).

jun 20 2014

Mark Your Calendars: Don't Miss The CyberSummer Sale This Saturday!

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Puerto Rico

You can score a deal on a stay at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico during the CyberSummer sale on Saturday, June 21st.

(Courtesy San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino)

For one day only, you can score major discounts on 20 hotels in Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin America with the CyberSummer Sale on Saturday, June 21st. All deals must be booked between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 21st, and depending on the package, travel dates are available throughout the summer and in some cases, until Dec. 31, 2014. Check out these specials:

feb 14 2013

Disney Adds New Cruises for 2014

Historic San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be one of Disney Cruise Lines's new homeports in 2014.

(George Oze Photography / SuperStock)

It's never too early to start planning your next cruise, and Disney Cruise Line has sweetened the 2014 pot by rolling out expanded European cruises and adding two new knockout homeports—Venice, Italy, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Some highlights of the family-friendly cruise line's 2014 offerings include:

dec 14 2012

St. Maarten Tourism Up in 2012


Angelo Cavalli/SuperStock


The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau announced this week that arrivals to the island have increased 17 percent since last year. One major reason, besides St. Maarten's drop-dead beauty and easygoing vibe, was that JetBlue added direct service to the island from Puerto Rico, which is about 150 miles southeast of St. Maarten and the most popular American hub in the Caribbean. That, in turn, has inspired more travelers from the New York and Boston areas to hop a flight. In addition, Delta has launched weekly round-trip flights from New York to St. Marteen.          

Not content with this significant increase, the tourism bureau is hoping to entice JetBlue and other airlines to add more routes from other metropolitan areas, including Chicago, Detroit, and Dallas.         

So, what will you do in St. Maarten? The island, part of the Lesser Antilles, has an average temperature of 80 degrees F year-round and offers some of the choicest white sand, coral, and snorkeling in the eastern Caribbean. Half the island is Dutch, the other half French, but English is the major language here. Don't miss these attractions:         

Dawn Beach, on the Dutch side of the island, is, yes, a great place to watch the sun come up. It's a snorkler's paradise, with a coral reef swimming distance from shore and a soft white-sand beach.         

Mullet Bay is known for its "curls"-gently rolling waves ideal for surfing. If you're not a surfer, the cerulean half-moon-shaped bay encourages total relaxation, and the island's only golf course is right next door.         

St. Maarten Zoo has more than 60 species of animals that hail from the tropics, including aviaries filled with multicolored birds from around the Caribbean and South America (Arch Road, across the Salt Pond from Philipsburg, stmaartenzoo.com, adults $10, children $5).         

Sunset Bar & Grill is a favorite place to hoist a beer or pina colada and watch jumbo jets take off and land at next-door neighbor Princess Juliana International Airport. American and Caribbean food are served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night (2 Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill, sunsetsxm.com, red snapper in lemon butter sauce $18).

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