As the weather warms up across the United States, the Caribbean begins to offer its hottest deals, reminding travelers that even in summer the weather is pleasant on the islands.
Dominica has everything from natural beauty to great snorkeling and diving. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was filmed on this West Indian island, which is the location for the new CBS reality series, Pirate Master. The Tamarind Tree has a six-night Pirates Package, including a visit to all the movie sites, meals, tax and airport transfers. Prices through Aug. 31 start at $1,615 a person. Visit tamarindtreedominica.com or call 767-449-7395. For information on the island, go to discoverdominica.com.
Caribbean cruises sail year-round and it's hard not to find a bargain. Surfing the Internet unearthed a five-night western Caribbean sailing on the Celebrity Century beginning at $399 at Travelocity.com, and a seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise on the Caribbean Princess beginning at $599 at CruiseBrothers.com. Note, though, that the best prices are often in September and October.
Bonaire celebrates Dive Into Summer through Sept. 30 with a variety of offerings for divers, families, and solo travelers. One example: The Black Durgon Inn's Diver's Paradise apartment package includes seven nights' accommodation in a superior apartment for $303 per person. Visit blackdurgon.com. For event information, visit bonairediveintosummer.com or call 800-266-2473.
The 138-room Buccaneer on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where you don't need a passport, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. A seven-night Family Special, available through Dec. 19, includes two rooms, spa treatments, golf greens fees or tennis, chilled champagne upon arrival, a $100 dining credit, daily breakfast, taxes and a cocktail party. Prices begin at $2,982. Visit thebuccaneer.com/specials.htm or call 800-255-3881.
Perhaps a 4 1/2 -bedroom Barbados estate would be to your liking. Calliaqua, part of the Sugar Hill resort community, offers tennis facilities and guest privileges at Suga Suga Beach, which include restaurant, spa, and water sports. With Altman Villa Rentals' Calliaqua package, guests pay for six nights and stay seven. The package is priced at $9,185. Visit aaaltman.com/calliaquapackage.php or call 866-360-5292.