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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 2/6/2009 10:07:32 AM ET 2009-02-06T15:07:32

The Real Deal: Seven nights' accommodations; round-trip airport transfers; breakfast daily; six days of unlimited shore diving; use of tanks, weights and belts; and a seven-day rental of a resort-owned five passenger Toyota Hi-Lux double-cabin pickup truck, from $475 per person — including hotel taxes, service charges, and rental car taxes.

When: April 18–May 29, 2009.

The fine print: Note that the $475 rate represents a savings of $73 per person off the typical package price (two travelers pay only the cost of one person's diving). Based on quadruple occupancy in a two-bedroom standard cottage; add $101 per person for double occupancy in a one-bedroom garden-view cottage; $111 per person for triple occupancy in a two-bedroom standard cottage; $534 for a solo occupant in a one-bedroom garden-view cottage. The pickup truck has a manual transmission, and vehicle upgrades are not available. Airfare is not included. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

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Contact: Caradonna Dive Adventures, 800/328-2288, caradonna.com.

Why it's a deal: The cost of this package breaks down to $68 a night and includes hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, a seven-day car rental, six days of unlimited shore dives, complimentary use of diving tanks, weights and belts, and all taxes. By booking the seven-night package, you'll save about 10 percent off the regular room rate. On top of that, the $475 rate also includes a special free diving promotion for a companion (every second occupant), which amounts to a savings of $73 per person.

Highlights: The package covers unlimited shore diving in the protected reefs that start right at the island's shoreline. Bonaire, which is outside the hurricane belt, is a great place for divers of any experience level. According to the folks at Caradonna, there are no waves, no surge, very little current, and crystal-clear 100-foot visibility year-round. When out of water, you can explore the island at your own pace thanks to the included rental car.

Lodging: Seven nights at the 32-unit Caribbean Club Bonaire in a two-bedroom standard cottage with a bathroom, a full kitchen, and a living room; note that only the bedrooms have air conditioners. Upgrade to a new ocean-view deluxe two-bedroom cottage for an additional $233 per person for seven nights. Upgrades are also available for single, double, and triple occupancy, starting at $57 per person for two people in a one-bedroom ocean-view studio for seven nights; singles can upgrade to a one-bedroom ocean-view studio for an additional $114 for the week; add $311 per person for three occupants in a deluxe brand-new ocean-view two-bedroom cottage for seven nights.

More: Add six one-tank boat dives for an additional $59 per person or 11 one-tank boat dives for $105 per person. Extend your stay at the Caribbean Club Bonaire for an additional $47 per person per night for four in a two-bedroom standard cottage, $52 per person per night for two people in a one-bedroom garden-view cottage, $57 per person per night for three people in a two-bedroom standard cottage, and $88 per night for one person in a one-bedroom garden-view cottage.

Before you go: For more tips on what to do in the area, visit Bonaire's official tourism Web site. As you may expect, this small Caribbean island enjoys warm weather year-round. This package is valid for travel in April and May, when average temperatures hover in the high 70s to high 80s range.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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