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An Art-Deco District south beach neighborhood, Miami, Fla. Get discounted holiday rates and packages with perks such as a shopping gift card, spa treatments, and golf.
updated 12/11/2007 9:58:00 AM ET 2007-12-11T14:58:00

Floridays Resort Orlando, $159 per night
The Scrooge Holiday Shopping package includes one night in a spacious, two-bedroom suite (that comfortably sleeps up to six people), a $50 gift card from Orlando Premium Outlets, a "shopping butler" who'll take your purchases to your room, and a complimentary eggnog treat. Rates start at $159 per room per night, which amounts to a savings of about $30 a night.

When: Through Dec. 23, 2007.

Details: Hotel taxes are an additional 12.5 percent. Breakfast is not included and can be purchased for $6.50 per person, plus taxes and gratuities. The room rate is based on occupancy by one to six persons.

Contact: 866/797-0022, floridaysresortorlando.com. Note that the package is not available online; book by calling or by e-mailing reservations@floridaysorlando.com.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, $189 per night
The 'Twas the Week Before Christmas package includes four nights' accommodations and sand-castle-building lessons by international sand sculptor, John Gowdy. You can put your new skills to the test by participating in a sand-sculpture-building contest, with a chance to win one of many prizes such as a four-night stay for two in a Gulf-front room, or a rental car and parking for four days, or a couples' massage. The resort's holiday activities include Christmas caroling, the sharing of Christmas stories with complimentary hot apple cider, and a visit from Santa Claus. Rates start at $189 per room per night, or $567 for the total stay, as the fourth night is free.

When: Dec. 15-21, 2007.

Details: Taxes are an additional 10 percent. Breakfast is not included in the rate. Based on double occupancy; no single supplement. Use the promotional code HOL when booking.

Contact: 800/438-4373, marriott.com.

Doral Golf Resort and Spa, $225 per person
The Sapphire Blue Golf package includes a one-night stay at the 693-room luxurious resort located seven miles from Miami International Airport; a buffet breakfast daily at the Terrazza Restaurant, and 45 holes of golf on the resort's five championship courses (nine holes on the Blue Monster; 18 holes on the Great White course, designed by Greg Norman; and 18 holes on the Red, Gold, or Silver courses). Each room has an individual balcony or patio. Rates start at $225 per person per night.

When: Through Dec. 19, 2007.

Details: Taxes are an additional 13 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single supplement. Refer to the promotional code ZJ2 to book.

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Contact: 800/713-6725, doralresort.com.

PGA National Resort and Spa, $310 per person
The Dual Delights winter spa package includes a one-night stay at the resort in a deluxe room with a private balcony or terrace, breakfast daily, one round of golf per person, and one spa treatment per person (options include a Swedish massage or a facial). Rates start at $310 per person per night.

When: Through Jan. 12, 2008; add $115 for Jan. 13-Apr. 6, $25 for Apr. 7-May 25; prices drop to $215 for May 26-Sept. 30 and $290 for Oct. 1-Dec. 31.

Details: Taxes are an additional 11.5 percent. Based on double occupancy; single rooms start at $425.

Contact: 800/633-9150, pgaresort.com.

Getting there: According to a recent Kayak search, the lowest round-trip fares to Orlando for travel during the week before Christmas are $159 from New York (Continental), $194 from Chicago (United), $208 from Houston (Continental), and $424 from Los Angeles (Delta). The lowest rates to Miami this time of year are $183 from New York (Delta), $204 from Houston (American), $210 from Chicago (AirTran), and $309 from Los Angeles (American).

Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal. And before you go, check the local weather forecast at BudgetTravel.com.

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Photos: Miami: Sunshine statement

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  1. Tower to the people

    Lifeguard towers on Miami Beach are colorful and easy to distinguish. Lifeguards care over swimmers who play nearby, and the towers make a great meeting place when surrounded by an endless area of sand, surf and beach umbrellas. (Richard Cummins / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Hot spot

    Thousands of people descended on Miami Beach for Super Bowl XLIV between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. The city hosted a number of private and public events ahead of the big game. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Wet and wild

    Jet skis cruise along Biscayne Bay near Miami Beach Marina. Tourists visiting the Bay can enjoy a number of recreational activities, including snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and more. (Richard I'anson / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Life's a beach

    South Beach, also nicknamed "The American Riviera," is well-known for celebrities, chic lifestyles and, of course, beaches. The man-made beach runs along the Atlantic Ocean for miles. (Richard I'anson / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Savoring history

    The Art Deco district of South Beach is a hot spot for celebrities and is home to eccentric residents. The district has more than 800 buildings, built in the '30s and '40s, that are architecturally protected, helping its image as a chic, popular destination. (Randy Faris / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Ear to the ground

    Caribbean Flamingos -- this one eats from a pond at the Metro Zoo in Miami -- gets their color from the carotene in its diet. (Robert Sullivan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Dolphins walk, whales fly

    The Miami Seaquarium is a popular attraction that features eight marine animal shows. General admission tickets cost $37.95, and kids between the ages of three and nine get in for $27.95 (plus 7 percent sales tax). (Jon Davison / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Luxe lodgings

    The Biltmore Hotel of Coral Gables "has been a favorite of world leaders, celebrities and sports stars since its opening in the 1920s," its Web site boasts. The resort features 275 rooms, including 130 suites, a spa and fitness center. (The Biltmore) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Pretty in pink

    Classic buildings aren't the only thing visitors to Miami Beach will find. Vintage cars are often spotted in the Art Deco district. The annual Art Deco Weekend hosts a classic car fest where proud owners can show off their treasures. (Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Colorful celebration

    A dancer wears a costume as she participates in the Miami Carnival. The carnival has been an annual event since 1984. It has grown from a small neighborhood festival to an international event bringing live bands and calypsonians from the islands. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Collins mix

    The renovated Delano Hotel (left), National Hotel (center) and the Sagamore Hotel line up Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. The city has a concentration of over 800 Art Deco buildings all within one square mile. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Double-tall MOCA

    Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art "is internationally recognized as a force in defining new trends and directions in contemporary art," its Web site says. Admission is $5 per person, $3 for students and seniors. MOCA Members and kids under 12 can enter for free. (MOCA Miami) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Bass appeal

    The Bass Museum of Art was established 47 years ago ater Miami Beach accepted the art collection of John and Johanna Bass, and agreed it would maintain the works and make it available to the public. (Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Different strokes

    A visitor looks at "Thinking" during Art Basel Miami Beach back in 2008. "Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas," the event's Web site boasts. This year's event takes place Dec. 2-5. (Juan Castro / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Reflective moment

    Artist Jude Papaloko is reflected in a mirror on a painted wall in his gallery, the Jakmel Gallery, in Miami. (Lynne Sladky / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Feeling the groove

    Club patrons enjoy themselves on the dance floor at Mansion nightclub in Miami Beach, Fla. Once thought of as a place to visit Grandma in January, Miami's reputation as a party city has grown since the days of "Miami Vice," through the birth of the Art Deco fashion district in the early 1990s and the more recent explosion of the South Beach club scene. (David Adame / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Port of call

    Frequent cruisers can be forgiven for seeing Biscayne Bay and Miami simply as a departure point. However, the area offers a wealth of activities and events that can satisfy tourists with a variety of different interests. (Jeff Greenberg / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Can I get a refill?

    The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, Miami, started out as a quarry pit and was transformed in 1924 into the Venetian Casino. Now, more than 100,000 people visit Venetian Pool each year. During summer months, the pool is drained nightly and replentished from a subterranean aquifer. (Richard Cummins / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Year of the crab

    Plates full of cracked stone crab claws are ready to be served at Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach. Joe Weiss opened a lunch counter in 1913, and the eatery has been serving the public for 97 consecutive seasons. (Wilfredo Lee / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Feeling the beat

    A crowd dances to the rythmic sound of congas at a local latin club in Calle Ocho (8th street), the main street of the Little Havana district of Miami. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Home field

    Miami's Sun Life Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, 2010. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a final score of 31-17. (Dave Cross / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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