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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 9/22/2008 9:41:06 AM ET 2008-09-22T13:41:06

ARUBA

Palm Beach, from $206 per room per night
The Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa is having a fall sale. The room rate includes 15 percent off all spa treatments and a $100 voucher per room good toward a return stay in 2009. Plus, if you stay five nights or more, you'll receive a $150 credit toward the spa or any of the hotel's restaurants. The 354-room hotel has duty-free shops, a pool, and complimentary beach chairs and towels. Rates start at $206 per room per night, which is about 25 percent off typical rates.

When: Through Dec. 18, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 22 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 888/201-1718, radisson.com/aruba.

Oranjestad, from $223 per room per night
The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino's Adult Indulgence package includes accommodations and a fifth night free. You'll be treated to the Sunset in Style event held poolside on Sunday nights — enjoy complimentary martinis, tapas, and music (a $125 value), plus a chocolate turndown for that evening. Rates start at $223 per room per night, or $892 for the required five-night stay (at the typical four-night price).

When: Through Dec. 19, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 20 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Use promo code ER7. If your stay doesn't include a Sunday, you'll receive a $125 food and beverage credit per room in lieu of attending the Sunset in Style event.

Contact: 011-297/583-6000, marriott.com.

Palm Beach, from $306 per room per night
The Westin Aruba's Renew and Refuel package features accommodations, a half-day bike rental for two, water activities (including snorkeling), a 45-minute massage for two, a sunset sail, and a beachside dinner for two at Azull. Rates start at $306 per room per night, or $918 for the required three-night stay.

When: Through Dec. 20, 2008.

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Details: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $265 per room per night. Requires a three-night stay. Use promo code SOPRENEW.

Contact: 877/822-2222, westin.com/aruba.

BAHAMAS

Nassau, from $199 per room per night
The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is offering a fourth night free and a $100 resort credit. You can use the resort credit toward food and beverages or any in-room charges. The 694-room hotel has 1,000 feet of white-sand beach nearby, a casino, three pools with waterfalls, whirlpools, and a swim-up bar. If you stay six nights, you'll receive a $200 resort credit. Rates start at $199 per room per night, or $597 for the required four-night stay (you'll save $199, as you're getting the fourth night free).

Book by: Sept. 30, 2008.

When: Through Dec. 19, 2008. Details Does not include taxes of 12 percent, a $15 per night resort fee, and a one-time $6 gratuity fee. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 242/327-6000, sheraton.com/nassau.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Puerto Plata or Punta Cana, from $96 per room per night
Thanks to Occidental Hotels & Resorts' fall sale, you can save up to 50 percent on bookings at these all-inclusive resorts: the Allegro Playa Dorada (from $96 per room per night) and the Occidental Grand Punta Cana (from $134 per room per night). The price covers unlimited meals and snacks, scuba classes, and water and beach sports. Additionally, kids under 12 stay free at the Allegro Playa Dorada (kids 13 and up pay adult rates). Rates start at $96 per room per night.

Book by: Oct. 15, 2008.

When: Through Dec. 19, 2008.

Details: All taxes and fees included. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates vary depending on resort. Contact 800/858-2258, occidentalhotels.com.

JAMAICA

Montego Bay, from $276 per room per night
Rose Hall Resort & Spa is offering a special room rates to celebrate the inaugural Rose Hall Triathlon and Wellness Festival. Accommodations and round-trip airport-hotel transfers are included. Apart from the triathlon, the festival schedule has tentative plans for events related to organics, sustainable farming, and nutrition, in addition to live music. Rates start at $276 per room per night, or $828 for the required three-night stay.

When: Oct. 23-26, 2008.

Details: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $244 per room per night. Airfare options are available on the Web site.

Contact: 800/251-1755, islandresorttours.com.

ST. LUCIA

Anse Cochon, from $175 per room per night
Ti Kaye Village is in Anse Cochon, on the west side of St. Lucia. All of the resort's 33 rooms face the Caribbean and have air-conditioning, an outdoor garden shower, and a veranda with rocking chairs and a two-person hammock. Breakfast, a kayak rental, and a complimentary welcome drink are also included. Rates start at $175 per room per night, which is about 20 percent off the same room in the high season (late December to April).

When: Through Dec. 15, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 18 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Each extra person is $40 per night.

Contact: 758/456-8101, tikaye.com.

TURKS & CAICOS

Providenciales, from $250 per room per night
Nikki Beach Resort's Endless Getaway rate includes an upgrade to a suite at the deluxe-king-room price, airport limo transfers (a $170 value), and a personal assistant, who will give private tours of the island. The 48-room hotel suffered minimal damage during this year's hurricane season and will reopen on September 26. Rates start at $250 per room per night, a savings of almost 60 percent.

Book by: Oct. 31, 2008.

When: Through Dec. 14, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 20 percent. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $500 per room per night. Use promo code GETAWAY.

Contact: 786/515-1130, nikkibeachhotels.com.

CARIBBEAN AIR/HOTEL SALE

CheapTickets currently has a Fall Beach Sale. Use promo code FALLBEACH100 to receive $100 off flight-and-hotel packages for four or more nights. For example, book the Grand Oasis Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from $87 per room per night (a savings of 40 percent), the Holiday Inn SunSpree Jamaica from $144 per room per night (a savings of 40 percent), or the Hotel El Convento in Puerto Rico from $150 per room per night (a savings of 35 percent).

Book by: Nov. 23, 2008.

When: Through March 31, 2009.

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