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Locals play cricket on the beach in St George's, Grenada. Take advantage of great fall savings and stay at the Petit Bacaye Villa Hotel — with rooms starting at $176 a night ($1,237 a week) through Dec. 14.
updated 11/1/2007 3:51:49 PM ET 2007-11-01T19:51:49

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Travel by: Various through mid-December 2007

The deal
With winter on the horizon come thoughts of tropical cocktails on a white-sand Caribbean beach. Too bad so many people have the same idea! If you'd rather spend your winter beach vacation without the vacationing crowds, we recommend visiting undiscovered island gems like Vieques, Tobago, Grenada, and Barbuda instead. While you won't be able to fly there direct, their sense of privacy will make the trip worthwhile. Get a pre-season sampler through mid-December, with off-season rates and discounts as low as $179 a night at four island hotels.

Stellar fall savings on delightful Vieques
The delightful island of Vieques, about twice the size of Manhattan, lies seven miles east of Puerto Rico. This fall, you can save at a popular hotel on this chic beach hideaway. Hix Island House is set on a 13-acre natural refuge and features 13 striking loft apartments. The New York Times describes it as “a very cool, eco-minded hotel that has collected accolades, from a couple of pages in the book 'Hip Hotels: Beach' to Wallpaper's assessment: 'perfect Caribbean hideout.'" If you book a two-night stay here through Dec. 19, you’ll get your third night half-price. Stay three nights and your fourth night is free. Through Nov. 19, you’ll still pay low-season rates: $185 as opposed to $235 a night!

Terrific discounts on Tobago this autumn
One of the southernmost Caribbean islands, Tobago — situated 22 miles northeast of its island sibling, Trinidad – has sheer cliffs, rainforest-covered mountains and sparkling beaches. Now you can witness all this beauty while staying at Blue Haven Hotel for a fraction of the high-season cost. Fodor’s writes, “Justifiably celebrated, this 1940s-era hotel overlooks a spectacular secluded beach on Bacolet Bay just outside Scarborough and has been fully restored and updated to luxury status. The hotel is surrounded by water on three sides, so every room has a spectacular ocean view.” Through mid-December, nightly rates here start at $185; they go up by at least $50 a night during the winter season.

Take advantage of great fall savings on Grenada
The southernmost of the Windward Islands, Grenada has the reputation of one of the prettiest and least spoilt Caribbean islands. With its white-sand beaches, swaying palms and emerald mountains, it’s a perfect spot to tie the knot or simply relax away from the crowds. Our favorite hotel is Petit Bacaye Villa Hotel, of which Travel Leisure writes, “A gem among gems, its two houses and five thatched-roof cabanas are set in banana fields that slope to the sea.” There are no radios or TVs — an added plus if you want to disconnect. Rooms start at $176 a night ($1,237 a week) through Dec. 14. The weekly price goes up to $1,744 for later stays. An off-peak sojourn saves you over $500 a week!

Save at all-inclusive resort on Barbuda
A largely undeveloped island with pristine beaches, Barbuda lies just north of Antigua. Here, we suggest you unwind at Coco Point Lodge, an all-inclusive resort on its own 164-acre peninsula lined with miles of white-sand beaches and surrounded by turquoise water. Coco Point offers low fall rates of just $810 a night, valid for stays through Dec. 10. It may seem pricey but it isn’t, taking all the inclusions into account: air transportation from the Antigua airport; three meals per day, with alcohol; and activities and sightseeing. Note that peak-season nightly rates go up to $990, saving you $180 a night if you go soon!

The dollars
See details above for specific savings on each hotel stay.

The catch
You must be ready to pick up and go soon, or pay peak-season prices!

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  1. Barbados

    This undated photo courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority shows Harrismith Beach, Barbados. Sun, surf and sand are the main draws on this tropical Caribbean island. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Barbados

    This undated photo courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority shows The Watering Hole rum shop in Barbados. The rum shops on the island are good places to sample local food and drink, watch a game of dominos, or just get to know the friendly and hospitable Bajans. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. St. Lucia

    Developed, beautiful and situated in the Eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia is accessible from Europe and Canada, and reachable -- albeit not as easily -- from the United States. St. Lucia is known as a romantic destination. The island gets plenty of visitors, including wedding parties. (Holger Leue  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. St. Lucia

    Cocoa pods lie on the ground ready to be processed at Fondoux Plantation in Soufriere, St. Lucia. Cocoa is one St. Lucia's main produce alongside the more obvious banana crop. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. St. George's

    The capital of Grenada, St. George's is considered one of the prettiest harbor towns in the Caribbean. Grenada's unique layout includes many finger-like coves, making the island a popular sailing destination. (Richard Cummins  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. The Cayman Islands

    The Cayman Islands very popular attractions, Stingray City and the nearby shallows known as the Sandbar, provide the only natural oportunity to swim with Atlantic Southern Stingrays. (David Rogers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Stingray City

    The Cayman Islands very popular attractions, Stingray City and the nearby shallows known as the Sandbar, provide the only natural oportunity to swim with Atlantic Southern Stingrays. (David Rogers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. St John's

    In high season, up to five cruise ships visit St John's, Antigua, each day. The boats unload mostly American and European passengers who fan out across the island visiting the casinos and beaches. Antigua is easily accessible, and can offer good values for tourists. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Antigua

    Antigua, located in the Northeastern Caribbean, is a popular tourist spot. While there are high-end, stylish hotels, the island also features a large number of mid-priced options. Visitors will find beach bars, restaurants, casinos and shopping. (Richard I'Anson  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Antigua

    People walk along an area known as Devils Bridge in Indian Town Point, Antigua. Antigua is a wintertime destination for many visitors from the north. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Dominica

    Not as well known as other Caribbean islands, Dominica is green, fertile and mountainous. Visitors will find some opportunites to scuba dive, but watersports are not its main draw. The island does, however, offer a slew of rainforest trails -- great for hiking and sightseeing. (Greg Johnston  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Dominican Republic

    An old church building is seen in La Romana, the third-largest city in the Dominican Republic. (Wayne Walton / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Belize

    Belize gets more than 850,000 visitors each year. The hot spot allows watersports such as kayaking and snorkeling, as well as inland activities like hiking and birding. The Mayan ruins of Altan Ha, pictured, are easily accessible from Caye Caulker. (Andrew Marshall / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. La Tortuga

    A fisherman repairs his nets on Cayo Herradura, off the island of La Tortuga in Venezuela. The country offers visitors a variety of activities to choose from, but remains undervisited -- especially compared to its South American neighbors. (Lynne Sladky / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Cuba

    Cuba blends the fantastic attractions associated with other Caribbean destinations with an amazing history. Tourists can stroll white sand beaches, take in the incredible architecture and party into the early-morning hours. (Javier Galeano / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. St. Barthelemy

    St. Barthelemy is a vacation spot of stars and millionaires. Trendy, chic and sexy, St. Baarths is safe for tourists, but expensive to visit. About 8,700 people reside on the island. (Mark Mainz / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Puerto Rico

    A man climbs to a 40-foot waterfall at the south side of the Caribbean National Rain Forest, commonly called El Yunque, near Naguabo, Puerto Rico. Most visitors hike the well-marked paths in the northern half of the park's rain forest but the trails in the south allow hikers and nature lovers to explore the only tropical forest in the U.S. national forest system. (Herminio Rodriguez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Puerto Rico

    The cupola of San Juan Cemetary as well as colorful homes sit next to the ocean in Old San Juan, the original capital city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The old city is a historic district of seven square blocks made up of ancient buildings and colonial homes, massive stone walls and vast fortifications, sunny parks and cobblestoned streets. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Puerto Rico

    Men play dominos in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Old San Juan is a well-preserved colonial city that allows tourists a peek into the past. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Guadeloupe

    Guadeloupe isn't as developed as some other Caribbean islands, but it offers a variety of beaches -- some active with watersports, some secluded. The island also offers beach bars, restaurants, mid-range hotels and other tourist amenities. (Marcel Mochet / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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