Travelers choose the Caribbean for many reasons, only one of which is to escape the woes of winter. Subtract that and you still get balmy weather, beautiful waters, friendliness, food and the sense of well-being that such a vacation can bring. If you add substantial savings to the equation, you have good reason to consider the Caribbean during the off-season. Here are some ideas:
Club Med has seven-day, all-inclusive getaways starting at $675 in its resorts, including those in Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic and Martinique. That's seven nights for the price of three. Prices are land-only for selected dates. Call 800-CLUB-MED or visit clubmed.com and click on Share a 7-day Weekend.
SuperClubs' Breezes Resorts is wooing families with nightly rates starting at $74 per person, coupled with Kids Stay Free and Single Parents Special programs. Through Dec. 24, children ages 2-13 stay, eat and play for free, a $50 daily savings. Both promotions are available at Breezes Puerto Plata Resort, Spa & Casino (Dominican Republic); Breezes Punta Cana Resort, Spa & Casino (Dominican Republic); and Breezes Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino. A three-night minimum stay is required. Call 800-GO-SUPER or visit superclubs.com.
Dominica is rapidly becoming known for its ecotourism, adventure possibilities and good prices. For instance, the Garraway Hotel is offering a Sweet Sisserou Special from June 15-Sept. 15 that includes seven nights in a deluxe room, airport transfers in a private taxi, full daily breakfast and a private full-day island tour with a guide. The package is $995 per couple. And if you are wondering, the sisserou is a rare Amazon parrot and Dominica's national bird. Call 767-449-8800 or visit garrawayhotel.com. For more Dominica deals, call 888-645-5637 or visit dominica.dm.
Montpelier Plantation Inn, a resort in Nevis, is featuring a special that offers one complimentary night with breakfast and afternoon tea when booking four nights or more. That's a savings of $280. The special is valid through Oct. 31, for new bookings. Call 869-469-3462, or visit montpeliernevis.com.
Wimco Villas upscale properties are discounted as much as 40 percent until mid-December. For example, on St. Barts, a three-bedroom villa with a bath in each bedroom is priced at $9,200 in season, but is available now for $5,800 a week. Call 800-449-1553 or visit wimco.com.