updated 5/7/2010 9:57:21 AM ET 2010-05-07T13:57:21

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Travel by: Dec. 24

The deal: If you’re looking to work on your golden bronze tan (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) in Florida, but want to steer clear of rowdy locales such as Miami and Daytona Beach, then the Gulf Coast’s Sarasota-area might be a better place to let your hair down without hordes of tourists hogging all the sunshine.

Our deal producers always have their eyes peeled for value-packed deals and discovered rate reductions at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel in Lido Beach by as much as 35 percent from now until December 24.

Blackout dates apply, but poolside rooms start from as little as $103/night. To secure the lowest rates, enter the promo code “Special” when booking.

About the hotel: Resting on shores of Lido Key (a barrier island off Florida’s southwest coast), the modest Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel offers well-kept, Wi-Fi-ready guest rooms, two heated swimming pools, 600 feet of sugary-sand real estate, as well as the Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge.

The dollars: Rates are based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional. Blackout dates apply.

The catch: Aloe vera not included.

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