If you’re looking for a tropical vacation for a fabulous price, now is the perfect time to plan a fall getaway. In fact, according to CNN Money, vacation packages to Mexico and the Caribbean are often reduced by up to 60 percent during the fall, which means you can save big and fit in that final fling before winter fully sets in. And that’s not all. From prime surfing season to the best Caribbean carnivals, there are plenty of reasons fall travel outshines all other seasons. Read on for our top three.
For many people, travel plans revolve around the price of the plane ticket. In the fall, the world is your oyster and the Caribbean is the pearl. Air travel from the United States to the Caribbean drops dramatically in the fall. You could use an app like Skyscanner or Kayak, but the best deals are hiding in an unexpected place: a travel agent. Travel agents are checking fares on the daily and they are familiar with trends and the best times to book. Because of the volume of business they do in the Caribbean, agents get preferential treatment with cruises and resorts in the form of special offers, bonus upgrades and free perks. When you book through an agent, not only can you score a plane ticket for cheap, you can also get a great package deal on a cruise or resort.
A cheap plane ticket is great, but you’ll still have to find a hotel or resort. Just like airfare, fall months are great for accommodations—especially cruising. On a cruise, almost all your vacation costs are bundled, from meals and drinks to Broadway-style entertainment, onboard activities like rock-climbing or mini-golf, enrichment classes, and even childcare. Chances are, your agent knows about promotions for cruises too, like BOGO offers, 3rd and 4th guest sail for less, or onboard credit for things like spa services.
During the fall, kids are still in school and parents are saving their vacation days for the holidays. In the high season, you’d have to wake up at the crack of dawn to snag a chair by the pool, wait times at the restaurants can be long, and excursions fill up fast. In the fall months, avoiding crowds is a breeze. Sleep in, head to the pool at your leisure, and get your drink delivered in minutes flat.
Plus, with fewer travelers wandering at port, local tours, shops, and restaurants are seeing less business too. For you, that could mean snagging an ocean-view table at the hottest, book-it-months-in-advance restaurant; having a shore excursion or land tour to your group and the guide; and more bargaining room at local shops at markets so you can afford to bring back a few extra souvenirs for all your friends.