November 20, 2017

4 Questions to Ask Before Hopping on that Caribbean Travel Deal

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It’s shoulder season in the Caribbean and there are many travel deals to the islands. A quick stop at Expedia and I found savings of up to 40% on vacation packages to Puerto Rico, Aruba and the Dominican Republic. Even HomeAway, which specializes in worldwide vacation rentals, has rentals for up to 30% off high season rates.

With all the hot island deals, it can be easy to want to jump on a quick getaway to the Caribbean. But with so many islands to choose from, it’s important to ask these four questions before booking a fall getaway for your family.

1) Can We Get a Direct Flight? If you’re traveling with small children, in particular, look for an island that’s reachable via direct flight. The Bahamas and Puerto Rico are especially easy to get to non-stop from many U.S. cities. Here’s a great post called How to Fly Non-Stop to the Caribbean that lists out various islands and which cities fly direct. Airlines add and cancel routes all the time, so be sure to double-check whether you can still fly direct from your home airport before you book.

2) What Kind of Guests Stay at this Hotel? Before you book a hotel, call the front desk and also take a look at reviews on TripAdvisor. If you’re looking for a nice, family-friendly hotel with lots of kids activities, make sure the great deal you spot doesn’t involve a hotel frequented by the late-night partying college crowd.

3) What’s Included in the Travel Package? Many Caribbean travel deals are for stays at all-inclusive resorts, so be sure to find out what’s included in the price. Line items to ask about include meals, tips, alcohol, entertainment and resort activities.

4) Are the Resort Pools Salt Water Pools? Many people love salt water pools. They can be very relaxing and are thought to be better for the skin than traditional chlorinated pools. However, salt water pools can attract mosquitoes, as can standing water, so get the skinny on the resort pools before you book. You may also want to ask about mosquito nets if you are allergic to mosquitoes.

Have you ever travelled to the Caribbean? What else do you keep in mind when you consider where to go and what to do in the islands? Just let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: Idee Per Viaggiare

Comments

  1. Don’t be afraid of packing a suitcase of snacks and food! We were just in the Bahamas (kid free) and made notes for if we return. If the room had a fridge, then you can take sandwich fixings. Just pack them in a cooler bag inside your suitcase. Dried foods and fruit cups are also fine. Being prepared to feed your kids can save you time, money, and headaches! You can double check with the airlines before you go.

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