The dreamy 85 degree sun beats down on you as you lay, without a care in the world, sprawled out on a hotel towel covering the warm white sand, listening to the soothing crashing of the waves in a consistently rhythmic fashion. The sound of an exotic bird squawking as it flies overhead causes you to briefly raise your head and look out over the crystal clear, bright blue waters that surround you. Do you put the trashy, mindless romance novel down and take a dip in the warm waters, snorkel with the fishies of a thousand different colors, take a barefoot stroll along the beach to feel the fine sand between your toes…or do you put your head back where it was and catch some more sleep (as soon as you finish that Piña Colada of course)?
These are tough decisions. Really tough. But they are the kind of decisions you could be forced to make if you could JUST GET OUT OF HERE. Trade the white snow for the white sand, the cold for the hot, the blizzard induced winds for the light breeze off the sea. Trade snow shoveling for beach drinking and layer after layer of clothes for…just about nothing. Seriously, it’s time to get away from this frozen tundra of a city and get to where the sun and the sand are seemingly endless. I’m here to show you a few example trips on the cheap. And if nothing else, at least stare at these HOT PICTURES.
Kayak alerted us to a 99 hour sale (unfortunately, it ends tomorrow because I am late in writing this SORRY) being run by Cheap Caribbean. In addition to their typically pretty low prices, they are also offering weather and hurricane insurance (the weather part sounds good, maybe not the hurricane…not quite that time of year) on top of their special “Who Loves You Baby” sale. The top deal they advertise is 4 nights at an all-inclusive in the Bahamas including air for $439 (plus taxes). Make sure to use the promo code on there. But if 77 degrees and sunny is not quite warm enough, head a little further south.
TravelZoo, one of the world’s best websites and usually full of cheap travel awesomeness, brings us a very timely Top 20 of the week that includes several great deals to Mexico and the Caribbean, including $515 for 7 nights w/ air at an all-inclusive in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic where the forecast shows 86 and sunny tomorrow. Although most of these Top 20 deals are for March/April/May.
Or if you are more of the cruising type, check out Cruise411 here for some ridiculously cheap 3, 4 or 7 night cruises to the Caribbean. All leaving in the next few weeks, so you can get away quickly. There is one that leaves Miami on 2/25 and lets you explore places like Key West and Cozumel for 4 nights for only $259! Crazy cheap. Are you drooling yet? Make it happen! You deserve it.
Now, please spend at least 15 minutes looking at the pictures and forgetting what’s outside. You will magically become relaxed. If you have any questions about methods of travel or sunny destinations, post them in the comments! I write about everything here BUT travel, but there’s nothing I love to talk about more than getting away.