August is Romance Awareness Month in Aruba, and that means it’s time for the annual Caribbean Vow Renewal Ceremony on beautiful Eagle Beach.
While the Caribbean is a more popular destination for winter or spring getaways, the islands are trying to lure would-be travelers who have a bad case of cabin fever after five months of lockdowns, masks, surges and paused reopenings.In fact, the deals and discounts currently on offer are giving the high season (December to April) a run for its money.
With stringent and mandatory health and safety protocols in place at hotels, resorts and villas due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can swap your city or suburban surroundings for bargains on the beach without fear.
Entry requirements: While all tourists must complete an online travel authorization form and undergo a health screening, those coming from high-risk states such as Arizona, Florida, New York, and Texas must also upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 10 days of arrival in Jamaica.
Jamaica’s Couples Negril is an adults-only all-inclusive with a treehouse spa. (Photo: Couples Resorts)
For twosomes looking to reignite that spark after months of seeing each other in sweatpants for months, Couples Resorts hits the sweet spot with rate reductions at all four adults-only all-inclusives: Couples Negril, Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci and Couples Swept Away. The “Couples Comeback” offers nightly rates, per room, double occupancy, starting at $349. Rates are bookable through Sept. 30 for travel until Dec. 24.
Nature lovers staying at The Sunset at the Palms in Negril, Jamaica can meet the resident goats that call the hotel home. (Photo: Sunset at the Palms)
Sunset at the Palms, another adults-only resort in Negril, is offering nightly all-inclusive rates in treehouse-style rooms. Bookable by Sept. 15 for travel through Oct. 31, rates start at $311 per room, double occupancy.
Sunsets are sublime at Moon Palace Jamaica In Ocho Rios. (Photo: Palace Resorts)
Entry requirements: All passengers must take a COVID-19 test with proof of a negative result no more than 72 hours before arrival. Children who are 10 or younger do not need to take a COVID-19 test. Travelers also must fill out a health declaration form and wear masks inside the airport at all times.
In Sint Maarten, Ocean Point Resort is the top pick for an adults-only all-inclusive vacation. (Photo: Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten)
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is the top pick for adults-only looking for an all-inclusive vacation. Offering nightly rates for a junior suite, per person, double occupancy, starting at $208; bookable with the “Weekday Wanderlust” offer for Sunday-Thursday stays through Dec. 23, 2021.
In Sint Maarten, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort sits on a private peninsula between Little Bay and Great Bay. (Photo: Divi Resorts)
On a private peninsula between Little Bay and Great Bay, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort hits the bullseye with all-inclusive rates, per person, starting at $209 bookable by Aug. 31 for travel through Dec. 20.
U .S. Virgin Islands
Entry requirements: Visitors 15 and up must complete a pre-screening on usvitravelportal.com within five days of travel, according to the USVI’s official tourism site. Certain travelers, including those from states with an infection rate of more than 10%, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than five days before arrival in USVI.
Quiet moments are plenty at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas)
The weekly Snorkel Booze Hunt is popular at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (Photo: Bolongo Bay Beach Resort)
Popular for the Snorkel Booze Hunt when underwater explorers comb the waters for hidden bottles of Cruzan Rum, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas is offering $187.50 nightly room rates, double occupancy for travel until Dec. 24.
Entry requirements: All arriving passengers must have a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than seven days before arriving in St. Lucia, the island’s tourism site advises. Hotel guests travelling from outside the designated travel bubble of low-risk Caribbean islands are required to remain on property for the duration of their stay except to participate in water-based excursions arranged by the hotel.
Sanctuaries at Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia offer dramatic views of the Piton Peaks. (Photo: Jade Mountain)
The fifth night is free at Jade Mountain when the “Take Five” package is booked in a Sky, Star or Moon Sanctuary. Nightly rates start at $1,225 bookable until Oct. 31 for travel through Dec. 19 and again from Jan 3. – Dec. 19 2021. At the sibling resort Anse Chastanet, “Escape Sale” nightly rates start at $513, bookable by Oct. 31 for travel through Dec. 19.
Serenity at Coconut Bay in Saint Lucia is an upscale adults-only resort on the south coast. (Photo: Serenity at Coconut Bay)
Located on the south coast of Saint Lucia, Coconut Bay Beach Resort is a family-friendly all-inclusive vacation playground. (Photo: Coconut Bay Beach Resort)
Landings Resort & Spa in Saint Lucia offers spacious living. (Photo: @DerekLattaPhotography)
Entry requirements: All visitors must complete a disembarkation card with contact-tracing details such as their date of birth, passport information and the duration of their stay as well as completing a health assessment interview. While all visitors 15 and older must present a negative PCR test result, visitors from 24 hot-spot states must complete their test 72 hours before departure or take one test before leaving and a second upon arrival at the airport. Others may opt to be tested upon arrival. The testing fee is $75.
Experience magical sunsets over Eagle Beach at Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. (Photo: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort)
The adults-only Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort voted Best Caribbean Resort in the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards is offering nightly rates through Dec. 22 starting at $403, double occupancy, for a standard room in the Bucuti Wing.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is a sprawling resort on the island’s lively Palm Beach. (Photo: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino)
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino invites with the “Warm Welcome” nightly rates starting at $357 for an ocean or pool view. Earn Hyatt Loyalty points with stays booked online until Sept. 8 for travel until Dec. 20.
Divi Aruba All Inclusive is a family-friendly resort on the beach. (Photo: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives)
Nightly rates in a Garden View room at Divi Aruba All Inclusive start $471, double occupancy. Stays are bookable until Dec. 15 for travel through Dec. 23. Next door, Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive is slated to reopen on Sept. 12.
On Palm Beach, Aruba’s Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino comes with nine restaurants and bars and plenty of space to stretch out. (Photo: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino)
At the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, nightly rates, per room, start at $247 using the “Stay Longer, Save More” offer for stays of four or more nights. Discounts are bookable until Sept. 30 for travel until Dec. 23 and Jan. 3 to Apr. 30, 2021.
Entry requirements: Barbados’ tourism site says that all ll visitors must complete an online customs entry form. And while an advance COVID-19 test is not required, one is recommended in order to have your application form fast-tracked and anyone who doesn’t provide one will be tested upon arrival.
Steps from Barbados’ Accra Beach, South Beach Hotel reopens on Aug. 15. (Photo: South Beach Hotel)
Sea Breeze Beach House in Barbados is a 122-room boutique all-inclusive hotel on the south coast. (Photo: Sea Breeze Beach House)
Reopening on Sept. 1, Sea Breeze Beach House is a 122-room boutique all-inclusive on the south coast. Standard rooms are going for $373 per room, per night, double occupancy. Rooms are bookable through Oct. 31 for travel until Jan. 5, 2021.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Entry requirements: Travelers need a negative COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken within five days of travel (the travel day does not count towards that period.) The test result is a requirement to obtain a TCI Assured Travel Authorization to enter the country.
The Palms Turks and Caicos is an upscale resort steps from Grace Bay Beach. (Photo: The Palms Turks and Caicos)
Steps from Grace Bay Beach, nightly rates for a junior suite at Palms Turks and Caicos start at $489, double occupancy; bookable through Nov. 30 for travel until Dec. 18.
The Colonnade Pool is the main attraction at The Shore Club in Turks and Caicos Islands. (Photo: The Shore Club)
Beach loungers with signature pink umbrellas at Ocean Club Resorts in Turks and Caicos Islands. (Photo: Ocean Club Resorts)
One mile apart on Grace Bay Beach, Ocean Club Resorts’ Ocean Club and Ocean Club West are dishing up nightly rates for a Studio Suite at either resort starting at $214for travel until Dec. 18. Gratis perks include bicycles and beach loungers shaded by the resorts’ signature pink umbrellas.
Entry requirements: A negative COVID-19 test result no older than seven days before the expected arrival date is required for all visitors, who should bring a printout with them. They must all complete a Traveler Accommodation form online prior to arrival. Failure to comply will result in travelers being denied entry.
Sandals Grande Antigua is a sprawling all-inclusive on Dickenson Bay; the longest white sandy beach on the island. (Photo: Sandals Resorts)
Sandals Grande Antigua is open on Dickenson Bay; the longest white sandy beach on the island. For savings at all Sandals Resorts, ‘instant credits’ up to $1,000 are applied upon booking. In Saint Lucia, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is open, Sandals Regency La Toc opens Aug. 31 and Sandals Halcyon Beach on Nov. 1. In Jamaica, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Negril are open, Sandals Ochi reopens on Sept. 3, Sandals South Coast on Oct. 1 and Sandals Royal Plantation on Oct. 8. Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados reopen on Sept. 9.
In Antigua, Gunpowder House & Suites was built around an 18th-century gunpowder store overlooking Nelson’s Dockyard. (Photo: Jeff Parskins)
Gunpowder House & Suites is the real deal for history buffs with nightly rates bookable until Nov. 8 in a Deluxe Gunpowder Suite starting at $235, double occupancy for travel until Aug. 30 and again from Oct. 10 – Nov. 8.
A colorful collection of pastel cottages, Cocobay Resort is adults-only and all-inclusive with discounts bookable for travel now through Nov. 30. Nightly rates, double occupancy, for a Standard Cottage start at $300.
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