Dive into Caribbean vacations

November 11, 2007|By Richard P. Carpenter | Richard P. Carpenter,The Boston Globe

As the days and nights turn nippier, thoughts turn to the sunshine and seascapes of the Caribbean. At most inns and resorts, the best prices are offered until shortly before Christmas.

On Bonaire, Harbour Village's Dive Into Luxury package, available through Dec. 21, lets the second person in your party dive for free. The offer includes seven nights in a one-bedroom studio, daily American breakfast, six days of diving, unlimited use of the fitness center, tennis courts, kayaks, sailboats and airport transfers. The cost is $1,786 for the first diver and $1,538 for the second.

Visit harbourvillage.com or call 800-424-0004 or 305-567-9509.

Shoppers love St. Thomas, with its duty-free allowance of $1,600 and its absence of sales or luxury taxes on items such as watches, cameras, fine jewelry, china and leather goods. Accordingly, the Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort has a Shop Till You Drop package for $324 a night through Dec. 20. Included are a Shop Talk seminar on finding the best deals, discount shop coupons, unlimited water ferry tickets from the resort to downtown and a daily breakfast buffet for two.

Visit frenchmansreefmarriott.com or call 800-524-2000.

Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda is cutting prices by as much as 40 percent through Dec. 19. Accommodations and American breakfast buffet for two start at $395 a night.

Visit littledixbay.com or call 284-495-5555.

All St. Kitts lodgings with the exception of Rawlins Plantation are participating in a Fall in Love with St. Kitts promotion. Through Dec. 16, guests staying at a property three nights or longer get the fourth night free. Those who stay a week get two nights free. Prices vary, and bookings must be made by Dec. 12.

Visit stkittstourism.com.

Couples Resorts in Jamaica is featuring a Secret Rendezvous deal. Guests book their dates of travel, then find out which of the four Couples resorts they are going to stay at seven days before departure. Rates through Nov. 30 are $275 per room per night (or $137.50 per person), representing a 38 percent to 46 percent discount off published rates.

Visit couples.com.

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