updated 12/10/2008 4:21:20 PM ET 2008-12-10T21:21:20

The deal
The holiday season can be draining, but luckily, there are plenty of affordable beach getaways starting in 2009 to help you unwind after the festive season. Indeed, we've found some great peak-season beach deals to help you beat the winter blues, like a romantic four-night vacation at the smart Cabo Azul Resort in Los Cabos from $649, discounted rates in the U.S. Virgin Islands for $127/night, a sunny Florida resort from $249/night and more. Just be sure to book soon, as deals this good won't last long.

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Romantic couples vacation at Cabo Azu Resort for $649
For anyone looking to experience a one-of-a-kind Mexican escape, the oceanfront Cabo Azul Resort offers guests a first-class luxury vacation at affordable prices. Resort features at this new deluxe Los Cabos property include an oceanfront tri-level infinity-edge swimming pool, a swim-up bar and 600 feet of pristine white beach.

Don’t skip a visit to Paz, the resort’s signature spa, offering a range of treatments at the full-service facility plus massages inside the resort’s private beachfront cabanas. Enjoy fine dining at the resort’s gourmet Mexican restaurant, plus world-class golfing and shopping nearby.

Regular rates for one-bedroom villas at $350/night. Or, book a romantic getaway for two and choose either a four-night midweek stay, or three-night weekend package with a complimentary couples massage for just $649.

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort from $127
Overlooking picturesque Charlotte Amalie Harbor on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, the secluded beachfront Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriot Beach Resort offers luxury accommodations in an elegant island setting.

Guests at this conveniently situated property can participate in activities such as jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing, tennis and beach volleyball, or simply spend the day unwinding in the hotel’s three swimming pools, spa, sauna and white sandy beach. Book a stay with this luxurious island hotel now, and you can save big with Cheap Caribbean's special rate offer of $127/night.

Piedras y Olas Hotel & Resort from $140
In addition to its pristine beaches and great surfing, the historic fishing village of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua also offers abundant opportunities for nature lovers with hiking trails to nearby volcanoes, jungle canopy tours and guided fishing and sailing adventures.

From tree-lined cliffs overlooking the town, the deluxe eco resort of Piedras y Olas affords sweeping ocean views, with facilities that include tranquil gardens, a scenic open-air restaurant and deluxe accommodations featuring either two queen beds or one king bed. Room rates during low season start at $140/night, but prices can climb to $240 during the high season.

Ritz Carlton Sun & Sand Package from $249
For a quick Gulf Coast beach getaway at a world-class resort, try a stay at the elegant Ritz Carlton in Sarasota, Fla. This luxurious 266-room spa, beach and golf resort offers a private beach for resort guests, an oceanfront pool and kids recreational programs, plus amenities that include three lighted tennis courts, a championship golf course and two fitness centers.

Don’t skip a visit to the hotel’s state-of-the-art spa, offering deluxe mud masques, massages and bodywrap treatments as well as saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools. All guestrooms feature private balconies, with sweeping views of the city or the nearby bay and marina. Starting at $249/night, the Ritz Carlton Sand & Sun Package includes overnight accommodations and valet parking, plus a resort spending credit of up to $300 valid for stays through April 30.

Rincon Beach Resort from $255
Located within the picturesque Porta del Sol region on the West Coast of Puerto Rico, Rincon offers some of the best surfing and beach hotspots to be found anywhere on the island.

At the boutique-style Rincon Beach Resort, guests can take advantage of easy in-house booking for guided scuba and snorkeling excursions, sailing and kayak rentals as well as seasonal whale watching cruises (lookout for Humpbacks from late December through March). Book a four-night “Winter Vacation Villa Getaway” package and receive the fifth night free in a one-bedroom suite accommodating up to two adults and two children; villa rates start at $549/night and the promo is valid from Dec. 21 – April 15, 2009. Nightly rates for guestrooms during winter start at $255.

The dollars
Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Sunscreen and shades not included in these offers.

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