Summer is winding down, and autumn soon will be upon us, with kids back to school and people who take their vacations in summer back to work. In the Caribbean, that means good deals in the offing as the islands vie to attract travelers in the off-season.
Some islands have put together deals that include many of their hotels, restaurants and attractions. Devised by tourist boards and associations, these island-wide promotions offer such incentives as discounted accommodations, resort credits, free upgrades, air credits and free nights. All of which softens the pressure on travelers’ wallets.
Autumn getaways in the Caribbean have other advantages. One is that the temperature is not as hot as in summertime. Another is that resorts are not as busy as during the high-season winter months. Also, the Caribbean has many all-inclusive resorts, where one upfront price covers almost all one’s expenses, including lodging, meals, alcoholic drinks and at least some resort activities.
If there’s a downside to a Caribbean visit in autumn, it’s that early fall is also hurricane season. But chances of a hurricane affecting your vacation are small.
“You should not let hurricanes prevent you from taking a Caribbean trip even during the height of hurricane season,” writes Bob Curley in About.com, where he is an advisor on Caribbean travel. “Your chances of getting hit by a hurricane in the Caribbean are probably not a whole lot different than they are in Miami.”
However, it’s prudent to book travel insurance, even though some Caribbean resorts may issue refunds or credit for future stays if a hurricane disrupts a vacation. That’s not a given, though.
Almost all hotels in the Caribbean offer special fall deals. These may be listed on the hotels’ websites or each island’s tourism website.
The offerings detailed below are island-wide or umbrella promotions for deals at participating hotels, restaurants or attractions. Offers may vary at individual properties under the umbrella promotion. Also listed are some hotel chains with offers that cover multiple properties in the Caribbean.
All offers and their terms are subject to availability, to booking and travel deadlines, blackout dates, and to change without notice. If cited, prices are per person, double occupancy.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the details of the Elite Island Resorts deal.