St. Lucia, nestled between Martinique and St. Vincent, and known for its tropical rain forest, volcanic sand beaches and jagged cliffs, is poised to soar like the island's famed twin Piton mountains (which Oprah said is one of the top five places to see in your lifetime).
updated 4/25/2007 1:47:00 PM ET 2007-04-25T17:47:00

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Travel by: Various through Summer 2007

The Deal
Spring is the ideal time for a Caribbean vacation: The weather is glorious, the crowds are few, and the prices are reasonable. There's a Caribbean island to suit every beach bum, but we’ve found discounted vacations – all with superior accommodations and airfare included – that make four islands especially appealing for a spring getaway. Four-night holidays on Grand Cayman or St. Lucia start at $625, a week-long sojourn at a top-rated Barbados resort costs just $1060, and a five-day, all-inclusive stay at an upscale Antigua property sets you back only $1,025.

Posh Grand Cayman Fling for just $1,138
If you want a ritzy Caribbean escape, Expedia has the perfect deal. A four-night fling with airfare and lodging at the Ritz-Carlton has dropped in price to $1,138! This low off-peak cost includes round-trip flight from New York and a sojourn at the 144-acre luxury resort right on the magnificent Seven Mile Beach. Of the property, featured on the 2007 Gold List, Condé Nast Traveler writes, "The 365 rooms and 11 suites favor a classic Caribbean design, with soft yellow walls, botanical prints, and chaise lounges. Three night-lit clay tennis courts glow like fireflies, and a grass court and a nine-hole golf course should be in full swing by early summer. Book a caviar facial at the resort's La Prairie Spa, and top it off with a scoop of Iranian osëtra caviar at the excellent restaurant Blue by Eric Ripert." Note that this deal is only valid for select departures through June 30.

Stellar St. Lucia Special for only $625
How about sampling the lush rainforests, natural hot springs, and white-sand beaches of St. Lucia? With the Beach Destinations special we found, you can do that while staying at one of the island’s chic resorts for only $625. This air-land combo includes air from Miami (or your preferred departure city at low additional cost), a four-night stay at upscale Coco Palm Hotel, and daily breakfast. Of this spot where regular rates in the off-season top $200/night, Caribbean Travel & Life writes, " . . . affordable-chic Coco Palm Hotel in the center of Rodney Bay Village has 71 rooms and 12 suites with plantation-style furniture, local artwork and glass-walled showers. The best rooms are the swim-up suites and the top-floor suites with roof deck overlooking the village vibe with its restaurants, shops and bars." With this special valid for June stays, you’ll save 35% off regular package costs.

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Barbados Bargain at Four-Star Spot for $1,060
Want a tropical fix plus a little British flavor this spring? We suggest the beautiful island of Barbados. This upscale destination costs a pretty penny to visit during the peak winter season but come spring prices are affordable. Case in point: Expedia offers a seven-night foray to this bewitching isle for $1,060, with air from New York and lodging at The Crane, one of the island’s top-rated properties. Perched on a cliff-top above a coral-sand beach, this historic spot offers all the bells and whistles of a four-star resort. Those include stylish guest rooms complete with private patios or balconies and an infinity pool that, claims Fodor’s, ". . . is a frequent backdrop for photo shoots." Note that this deal, good for travel through mid-July, reflects your seventh night free and a $400 air credit to boot! Low season rates run up to $300/night so you’re saving serious bucks.

Antigua All-Inclusive for $1,025
How does a fling to Antigua sound? Orbitz offers a fantastic four-night escape to the sugar-white beaches of this upscale Caribbean island for only $1,025! This includes an all-inclusive stay at a deluxe beach resort plus airfare from Miami, good for travel in early July. The property in question is Hawksbill by Rex Resort, of which writes, "Surrounded by tropical gardens, tucked away from the rest of the island, this 39-acre resort is definitely for those who like isolation. There are many activities available at the hotel. The rooms are nice and simple, but pleasantly furnished, and they all face the sea." Regular all-inclusive rates during the off-season run upward of $270/night, so you’ll save a hefty amount by booking this air-inclusive deal. Note that you’ll save even more with a seven-night stay – week-long packages are priced at $1328.

The Dollars

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All quoted pricing is based on double occupancy. Note that all these specials exclude air taxes and fees.

The Catch
If you're looking for a hopping Caribbean getaway, you've chosen the wrong season; things tend to get much quieter in spring months.

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