Although we spend so many months a year looking forward to summer, sometimes the sun shining in our usual environments is just not exciting enough. In other words, it’s much more relaxing to enjoy a coconut drink on a beach in the Caribbean than at a rooftop bar in New York or Chicago. It’s not too late to plan a sunny getaway. Here are 12 delicious last-minute exotic destinations you can plan and execute within the next few months.
We shuffled through the content previously published on our Travel channel about resorts, local eats, and festivals to come up with a list of destinations that will disappoint neither your eyes nor your stomach. Lucky for you, from mid-April to mid-December is considered off season in the Caribbean, which means prices are significantly slashed. However, these are last-minute getaways, after all, and even with reduced rates, they don’t come cheap.
According to Cheapoair, while prices in the Caribbean during June, July, and August are considerably lower than in winter, the climate is barely any different, besides occasional rain showers. However, bear in mind that these lower rates are due to the fact that it is hurricane season during these months, so please make sure to check the weather before you leave and travel safely.
While all-inclusive resorts have many perks, you’ll find some of the best local food outside them, as in the case of Cuz’s Fish Stand in Bridgetown, Barbados, or Scotchies Jerk Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Adding a little adventure, especially of the culinary sort, to your exotic vacation will only make it more memorable.
Take a look at your options, and don’t wait too long before booking those tickets.
Although it is hurricane season in the Caribbean, Barbados’ eastern location means that it normally escapes direct hits. It also means that you can get some great deals on hotels during their quieter off-season. Better yet, the annual Crop Over festival lasts from May to August, and features cultural activities (think calypso dancing lessons, art shows, historic walks) and fun-filled carnivals. You absolutely must eat the famous blue marlin sandwich at Cuz’s Fish Stand, as well as the legendary fish beignets with Scotch bonnet sauce at Oistins.
Dorado, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has a rich culinary heritage and the delicious food to prove it; chef Ben Vaughn of Food Network’s Health Inspectors wrote about it for us in April. One of the most fabulous getaways you can embark on this season is to Dorado, Puerto Rico, where rooms at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar are going for $123 a night (20 percent less than the usual rate). If you’re looking to really treat yourself, consider vacationing at the Ritz Carlton at Dorado Beach, where you can get 20 to 30 percent off if you stay for more than three nights. The fact that Mi Casa by José Andrés, one of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, is in the hotel is a big draw.