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There’s no season like low season

Bank on it: When temperatures start to heat up at home, prices in the Caribbean start to drop — as much as 60 percent between April and mid-December. It’s also the time when hotels pile on the incentives, including room upgrades, bonus nights and free activities.
Discover green moray eels at Octopussy Garden, peer into Pygmy Caves’ coral caverns and explore Theo’s Wreck: There are 30 thrilling dive sites off Grand Bahama Island to explore during your stay at the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach.
Discover green moray eels at Octopussy Garden, peer into Pygmy Caves’ coral caverns and explore Theo’s Wreck: There are 30 thrilling dive sites off Grand Bahama Island to explore during your stay at the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach. Zach Stovall
/ Source: Caribbean Travel and Life

Bank on it: When temperatures start to heat up at home, prices in the Caribbean start to drop — as much as 60 percent between April and mid-December. It’s also the time when hotels pile on the incentives, including room upgrades, bonus nights and free activities. We’ve rounded up 25 of the top packages for couples, families, spa enthusiasts, divers and outdoorsy travelers. Pick one. Better yet, at these rates, you may be able to budget two trips to the Caribbean between now and Christmas.

Action plans
Roughin’ It (like Royalty)
Explore Central America’s great outdoors by day and sleep in air-conditioned comfort at night at the Inn at Robert’s Grove in Placencia. You’ll snorkel the barrier reef, swim into a cave on Blue Creek, explore the Monkey River and visit the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve during your adventurous eight days. The deal includes round-trip airfare from Belize City and daily meals at the Inn’s Seaside Restaurant.

Location: Belize
Package: Summer Adventure
Rate: $1,717 per person, double occupancy
Available: Through November 30
Contact: 800-565-9757;

Reef ’n Rainforest
Take five wild outings (trekking through the rainforest and kayaking a jungle river, among others) over a seven-night stay at the beachfront Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort. Three meals a day, flights between Belize City and Dangriga, and round-trip ground transfers are provided. From August 1 through October 31, guests receive a $100 gift voucher per room.

Location: Belize
Package: Reef & Rainforest
Rate: $1,527 per person, double occupancy
Available: Until December 14
Contact: 877-552-3483;

Harpin’ on Tarpon
What beats fishing with a buddy? Fishing with a buddy for free. With this two-for-the-price-of-one deal, you and your best fishing friend will spend six days stalking tarpon, bonefish and permit at El Pescador on Ambergris Caye for the price of a seven-night, single-occupancy fishing package. Round-trip land, air and sea transfers between Belize City and El Pescador, daily meals and Belizean beer and rum are included.

Location: Belize
Package: Two-for-One Angler
Rate: $4,395, double occupancy
Available: August 15 through December 14
Contact: 011-501-226-2398;

You Tube
River tubing, waterfall and rainforest hikes, and safari jeep tours are among the outings available at this eco-friendly boutique hotel on the Spice Island. The seven-night deal at Blue Horizons Garden Resort includes a deluxe one-bedroom suite, an introductory scuba lesson in the pool, complimentary greens fees at the nearby nine-hole Grenada Golf Club, and non-motorized water sports and beach chairs at Grand Anse Beach.

Location: Grenada
Package: Adventure Vacation
Rate: $659 per person, double occupancy
Available: Until December 15
Contact: 473-444-4316;

Gaga for Golf
As guests of Grand Lido Braco Resort & Spa, CT&L readers will play 45 holes on three courses to tame that inner Tiger, among them Breezes Runaway Bay. Included is a garden-view suite, all meals, a manicure and pedicure, greens fees and transfers to the courses.

Location: Jamaica
Package: Golfer’s Delight for CT&L readers
Rate: Starts at $289 per person per night, based on double occupancy (two-night minimum required)
Available: Until December 31
Contact: 877-467-8737;

Massage Marathon
After an hour of massage on just their feet and legs, another hour spent on their upper bodies and 90 minutes of expert rubbing from head to toe, those taking advantage of this seven-night, CTL-readers-only exclusive package at Maca Bana Villas may actually melt. If that doesn’t work, perhaps a 90-minute facial and a private session of yoga, tai chi, Pilates, meditation or chi kong will do the trick. You’ll alsofind the fridge in a sea-view villa stocked with a welcome package of basic breakfast supplies.

Location: Grenada
Package: CT&L Spa ’07
Rate: From $1,040 per person, based on quadruple occupancy for seven nights; $1,190 based on double occupancy
Available: Until September 30
Contact: 473-439-5355;

Wrap it up
Is a four-night trip long enough to relax? It is if you treat yourself to a wrap in Colombian clay or volcanic mud, have a full-body couple’s massage in a beachside cabana and take in a yoga session on the beach. Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa offers all this pampering plus an ocean-view room with private balcony overlooking Eagle Beach, the island’s longest.

Location: Aruba
Package: Rejuvenation Getaway
Rate: $1,139 per couple
Available: Until December 21
Contact: 800-223-1108;

Cuckoo for Cacao
Willy Wonka, eat your heart out. Spa guests of the Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize go beyond the bonbon for a totally immersive chocolate experience. Five treatments given during this three-night vacation integrate cacao beans, which were first cultivated by the Maya in 500 B.C. The Maya Chocolate Polish is an exfoliative treatment with cocoa powder, local brown sugar and roasted walnuts; the Cocoa Massage is a full-body rubdown with a blend of cocoa, cocoa butter and almond oil. The offer includes a thatched garden cottage, a tour of a cocoa grove, canoeing on the Macal River and daily breakfast and dinner.

Location: Belize
Package: Chocolatissimo
Rate: $1,200 per person, double occupancy, for three nights; $1,435 for four nights
Available: Until December 31
Contact: 877-709-8708;

Room Service
To celebrate the debut of its new spa, Grenada’s True Blue Bay Resort & Villas is offering guests a Swedish massage on their room’s private veranda and a lunch for two with fresh-fruit smoothies, homemade breads and hand-churned nutmeg ice cream. Spend the balance of your five days chillin’ by one of the resort’s two pools, watching sunsets from Stuart’s Bar and exploring nearby reefs with the on-site Aquanauts Dive.

Location: Grenada
Package: Serenity Day Spa
Rate: $835 per couple
Available: Until December 20
Contact: 888-883-2482;

Take the Credit
Mad for a massage? Relish a wrap? Feel like a facial? At Sun Village Resort & Spa Cofresi’s new 17,000-square-foot spa facility in the Dominican Republic, the hard part is choosing exactly how you want to be pampered. CT&L readers receive a 30-percent discount off normal room rates and, if you stay a minimum of five nights, each guest receives a $50 credit at the spa.

Location: Dominican Republic
Package: Spa Credit
Rate: Rooms from $125, based on double occupancy, minus 30-percent discount
Available: Until December 21
Contact: 800-941-6750; (e-mail for discount rate and mention Caribbean Travel & Life).

Romantic interludes
Jamaica Me Happy
What’s your pleasure: funky Negril? Cool Ocho Rios? Lively Montego Bay? Whichever Jamaican hot spot you choose, you and your sweetheart will share a private, torch-lit, white-glove, four-course beachfront dinner at one of the all-inclusive Sunset Resorts properties. You’ll also receive a 30-minute couple’s massage in the spa or in an outdoor hut and, in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, a room upgrade.

Location: Jamaica
Package: Romance at Sunset
Rate: $1,339 per couple at Sunset Beach Montego Bay; $1,473 at Sunset Jamaica Grand Ocho Rios; $1,474 at Sunset at the Palms Negril
Available: Until December 31
Contact: 800-234-1707;

Yes, I Do!
Say “So long!” to big-wedding stress. Tie the knot in an intimate ceremony with a small party — or maybe even just the two of you — at The Sands at Grace Bay,a beachfront resort on Provo. An onsite wedding planner will handle everything from filing the paperwork to getting the official to the beach on time to your bridal bouquet and a boutonniere. After your first kiss as husband and wife, the resort helps you celebrate with champagne and cake. Three nights in a studio or suite and round-trip airport transfers are included.

Location: Provo,Turks and Caicos
Package: Wedding
Rate: From $1,525
Available: Until December 19
Contact: 877-777-2637;

Skinny Dippin’
A private swimming pool within a walled garden terrace, an outdoor shower and a bottle of bubbly: Pavilions and Pools knows how to set the stage for a steamy seven-night escape. Start with a couple’s massage in your private villa and then dine on soft-shell crab or shrimp Creole at the Fish Pond Café. A boat trip to the British Virgin Islands, daily breakfast and round-trip transfers are also part of the experience.

Location: St. Thomas
Package: Tranquility Romance
Rate: From $2,330 per couple
Available: Until December 20
Contact: 800-524-2001;

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Location: St. John
Package: Honeymoon
Rate: $450 per couple
Available: Until December 14
Contact: 800-392-9004;

Pampered Pair
Chilled sparkling wine will greet newlyweds in their ocean-view room or suite at the Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas, where four- and seven-night honeymoon packages include candlelit dinners at 1748 or Pasta House (two or four dinners, depending on the length of the stay) plus breakfast every day and a guided tour or one-day car rental. And with 30 percent off at the Gold Palms Wellness Spa & Salon, they can partake in an hour-long couple’s aromatherapy massage for only $150.

Location: Tortola
Package: Honeymoon
Rate: From $1,185 per couple for three nights, $2,348 for seven
Available: Until December 20
Contact: 800-943-4699;

Get Out
Dive-certified CT&L readers will want to head south into the Bahamas Out Islands for an exclusive five-night deal on Long Island, where Stella Maris Resort offers extreme underwater experiences, like diving the world’s deepest blue hole and close encounters with Caribbean reef sharks. The package includes two dives per day, an ocean-view room, three meals plus three drinks daily and even round-trip airfare between Nassau and Stella Maris.

Location: Long Island, Bahamas
Package: Scuba Inclusive
Rate: $2,800 per couple
Available: August, October and November
Contact 800-426-0466;

Triple Play
Discover green moray eels at Octopussy Garden, peer into Pygmy Caves’ coral caverns and explore Theo’s Wreck: There are 30 thrilling dive sites off Grand Bahama Island to explore during your stay at the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach. Your three nights include a superior room with balcony and full access to the resort’s all-inclusive amenities, including three restaurants, three bars, a nightclub, pool and non-motorized water sports.

Location: Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Package: Three-Night Dive
Rate: From $290 per person
Available: Until December 20
Contact: 800-996-3426;

Take the Plunge
During the summer sale at Comfort Suites Turks & Caicos, it costs less to see spotted eagle rays at The Crack or to bubble alongside the barracuda at Whiteface reef. Pay for six nights in a junior suite and get the seventh for free to help you recover from six days of two-tank dives. Breakfast is included, and you’ll receive $100 in beverages credit.

Location: Provo, Turks and Caicos
Package: Summer Dive Promotion
Rate: $876 per person, double occupancy
Available: Until December 23
Contact: 888-678-3483;

Buddy Up
Plaza Resort Bonaire is offering six days of unlimited shore dives for two guests for the price of a full-diver and a non-diver rate. This includes standard suite accommodations, diving within the Bonaire Marine Park and the resort’s “house reef,” unlimited nitrox, daily breakfast and round-trip airport transfers.

Location: Bonaire
Package: Toucan Dive for One
Rate: Diver for $835, buddy for $731, total is $1,565
Available: May, June, August and September
Contact: 800-766-6016;

See Food Special
Grand Case is a great destination for seafood lovers, whether you want to see it on the reef by day or on the plate at dinnertime. Three- and seven-night scuba getaways at the Grand Case Beach Club include two-tank dives, continental breakfast each day at the open-air Sunset Café, a bottle of wine and a beach-bag souvenir. Accommodations are available in studios, lofts or apartments.

Location: St. Martin
Package: Summer Dive
Rate: From $685 per couple for three nights; $1,505 for seven nights
Available: Until October 31
Contact: 800-344-3016;

Family fun
The Whole Package
The centerpiece at Coconut Bay Resort & Spa is its water park with serpentine slides, lots of pools, waterfalls and Jacuzzi jets. But this family-geared St. Lucia complex also has a beach and a slew of other activities for toddlers through preteens plus Da Buzz teen lounge for Those with Attitude. That leaves time for mom and dad to hit some tennis balls, get spa pampering and take nature walks. The whole kit-and-kaboodle is a bargain with Air Jamaica Vacations’ three-night package, which includes airfare, a two-bedroom suite, kids’ club, meals, beverages, airport transfers, hotel taxes and tips.

Location: Southeastern St. Lucia
Package: Fantastic All-Inclusive Family Getaway
Rate: From $955 per person
Available: Until December 20; must be booked by May 31
Contact: 800-568-3247;

It’s a Breeze
At Breezes Curaçao Resort Spa & Casino, your kids will be so busy swinging on a trapeze, playing laser tag and competing in beach soccer that you’ll be free to hit the spa, relax on the 1,500-foot beach or even dive the Car Pile site, with 1940s vehicles covered by coral and purple tube sponges. All the activities are part of the all-inclusive plan now offered at a 40-percent discount with a three-night minimum. Kids 2 to 13 (one per paying adult) get to stay for free (a $50 savings per child per day), and the single supplement will be waived.

Location: Curaçao
Package: Snorkeling and Family Fun
Rate: From $139 per adult; $50 per child per adult
Available: Until December 25
Contact: 877-467-8737;

Frugal Foursome
While you climb a 30-foot outdoor rock wall and take a windsurfing clinic, your 5- to 12-year-olds can go on a scavenger hunt or play pool games at the all-inclusive Tamarijn Aruba resort. Two kids up to 18 get the whole shebang for free when bunking with mom and dad. You’ll all enjoy the beachfront property’s theme nights, eight restaurants and three freshwater pools, which are shared with the Divi Aruba next door.

Location: Aruba
Package: Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 2007 Family Package
Rate: From $354 per room, per night
Available: All year
Contact: 800-554-2008;

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Location: Great Exuma
Package: Four Nights for the Price of Three (longer-stay packages are available)
Rate: From $2,502 per family
Available: Until December 15
Contact: 888-472-6310;

Casa Sweet Casa
Family beach Olympics and Pictionary playoffs are part of the fun at the Dominican Republic’s Casa de Campo. Make a beeline for golf (three Pete Dye courses) and tennis (13 courts), spa treatments (for 20 percent off) or even a skeet-shooting range while your toddlers watch puppet shows, little kids make balloon animals, middle-schoolers ride horses and teens play air hockey. Children 12 and under stay and play free this summer when you lodge at least four nights, and camp’s included if parents opt for the all-inclusive gig.

Location: Dominican Republic
Package: CareFREE Summer Vacations!
Rate: From $681 per adult, double occupancy, for a four-night stay
Available: Until August 31
Contact: 800-877-3643;

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