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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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updated 2/22/2008 11:20:48 AM ET 2008-02-22T16:20:48

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Travel by: Select dates through spring 2008

The deal
It may still be February, but rest assured that spring is in the air — airfare that is. Just have a look at the fantastic rates we've found on spring travel to popular U.S. cities from $49 (one-way), European capitals from $200 (one-way), and Caribbean beaches from $75 (one-way). Plus, explore exotic Bali and Bangkok from $761 (round-trip), or hop aboard new, inexpensive routes bound for L.A. or the Colorado Rockies from $49 (one-way). Rates for most destinations are known to skyrocket and throngs of crowds to pour in once summer rolls around, so beat the seasonal rush and plan that dream vacation in springtime instead.

Southwest fare sale to/from 70+ U.S. cities from $49 one-way
Southwest Airlines has posted an exceptional system-wide sale, featuring discounted rates to and from more than 70 U.S. cities. Fares start from just $49 each-way — in fact, you'll find no fare priced higher than $99 one-way — and are valid through June 25. Just be sure to book at least 14 days in advance of travel, and no later than tomorrow (February 21), when this deal expires.

Caribbean sun sale on United from $75 one-way
From just $75 to $225 one-way, United can have you lounging on fine-sand beaches, soaking up the sun and fun of the island paradises of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Aruba, and St. Maarten. Travel is valid through May 30 from more than 10 U.S. cities; a three-night minimum stay is required. This sale ends February 28, and requires a 12-day advance purchase.

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Europe flights on Aer Lingus from $200 one-way
Travelocity has posted an exclusive sale on Aer Lingus fares to Europe, featuring low rates from just $200 one-way via Boston, Chicago, L.A., N.Y., San Francisco, or D.C. These promotional fares can be booked to cities in Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, and more, for travel as late as June 30. This promotion expires on March 31, but hurry — the best rates will sell out fast.

Bali or Bangkok on Cathay Pacific from $761 round-trip
Premium carrier Cathay Pacific has announced a fantastic deal on fares to exotic Bali or Bangkok this April. Fares are available from $761 round-trip for travel via L.A., San Francisco, or N.Y. Book by February 29 for travel during the month of April.

New routes to L.A. and the Rockies from $49 one-way
Popular low-cost carrier JetBlue announced plans last week to begin operations into Los Angeles International (LAX) come May. The airline already has presence in L.A.-area airports including Burbank, Long Beach and Ontario, but the new LAX routes, operating between both New York and Boston, will extend the market as of May 21; fares start at $129 one-way. Additionally, low cost carrier Frontier Airlines is launching a new series of flights between its Denver hub and the Colorado Rockies towns of Aspen (begins May 15), Colorado Springs (starts April 15), Durango (commences May 15), and Grand Junction (begins May 15) from $49 one-way. Travel is valid through June 11, 2008, but tickets must be booked 21 days in advance of travel.

Up to 60 percent off: Everyday U.S. & Canada fares from $85 round-trip
If you miss out on the US fare sales, be sure to check out Travelocity’s everyday low fares to U.S. cities, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada to net savings of 20 to 60 percent off standard fares.

The catch
Weekend travel dates usually cost more — book midweek for the best fares!

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