The ancient festival of Carnival originated as the last big blowout before Lent, but nowadays it’s an annual no-holds-bar bash. So put on your party dress and head to Trinidad, home to the Caribbean’s liveliest celebrations and costume parades; Rio de Janiero, the ultra-sexy party capital of the world; or New Orleans for Mardi Gras debauchery. Deals start at just $260/night for Carnival/Mardi Gras dates this February.
Trinidad holds its annual carnival celebration this year on Feb. 23 and 24. Although people generally book far in advance, rooms can still be found at some top area hotels. Nestled in the island’s scenic St. Ann’s Valley, the Cascadia Hotel and Conference Centre offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, pool and sauna (so you can re-energize after all the non-stop parades, concerts and masquerade costume balls). Rates start at $290 for single occupancy and $320 for double occupancy.
There is no scene quite like the scene in New Orleans’ French Quarter during Mardi Gras. Luckily for you, Bookit.com is offering 25 percent off stays of four nights or longer at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans. This conveniently situated hotel recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and is in topnotch shape. A four-night stay starts at $437/person, with flight included.
Rio de Janeiro turns the volume way up every February with music, dancing and all night parties. Carnival showcases the best of Brazil, and with this five-night Carnival Package from the super luxurious beachside Copacabana Palace, you can enjoy everything the city has to offer. Package highlights include five nights’ accommodations in a room or suite, daily buffet breakfast, and access to the hotel’s onsite fitness center, tennis courts and sauna. Rates start at $750/night.
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.
Masks and colorful beads not included.
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