20 Affordable Last Minute Summer Getaways
Summer vacations don’t have to break the bank. With the right destination, the right timing, and the right deal, you can feel like you won the vacation lottery.
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South Seas Island Resort, Florida
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Sanibel and Captiva Islands are known for their shell-strewn beaches, laid-back vibe, flower-lined lanes, and an incredibly diverse array of wildlife. These are just a few of the reason’s families flock to this picturesque destination located off the coast of southwest Florida. On Captiva Island, gorgeous South Seas Island Resort is offering a fantastic deal: Pay for three nights and get your fourth night for free. Also, you’ll receive a $50 resort credit per day and a coupon book with over $250 in savings for resort restaurants, activities, golf, spa services, and more. Here are some more beaches with the best seashells in the world.
Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, Austin
Just outside of Austin, Texas the plush Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa is nirvana for families, thanks to its five-acre Crooked River Water Park with two pools, splash pad, two-story water slide, and 1,000-foot lazy river. There’s also hiking, biking, kayaking, and rafting on the Colorado River. The $35 resort fee covers shuttle bus transportation around the resort, access to the facilities at Spa Django, and other family-friendly activities such as tennis, basketball, bocce ball, and nighttime s’mores around the fire. Book now to receive their Big Break Savings of 20 percent off your stay.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit the beautifully rugged Maine coast and its charming towns, now is your moment. Timbercliffe Cottage, a quintessential New England bed & breakfast in Camden, is offering last-minute summer deals. Stay three or more evenings and receive $30 off the last night’s stay. They also offer a discounted rate when you book within 24 hours of your arrival. Begin your morning with a cup of coffee and a leisurely breakfast on their porch overlooking Penobscot Bay. You might even see a tall mast schooner sailing out of Camden Harbor. While in town, don’t miss dining on a local specialty, delectable Maine lobster.
Club Med Resorts
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Looking for a tropical getaway? With the WOW Sale, save up to 45 percent when you book a stay at a family-friendly all-inclusive Club Med resort in Florida, Mexico, or the Caribbean. Rates start at just $119 per person, per night, and include accommodations, meals, most activities, entertainment, and kids clubs for ages 4 to 17. Stays of seven nights or longer also qualify for up to $300 in instant savings and up to $400 in air credit. Kids under age 4 stay free. Book by August 27, 2019, to secure this deal. Find more all-inclusive Caribbean resorts to stay in.
Spain and Portugal
Even a trip to Europe can be affordable. With CostSaver, families can book a tour with just the excursions they need, their nightly accommodations, daily tours, and all inter-city transportation. This summer, take advantage of CostSaver’s hard-to-beat prices on a 13-day Iberian Explorer tour. Start by exploring Barcelona guided by a local specialist; move on to Valencia and learn about its remarkable architecture; sample traditional tapas in Seville; venture to Lisbon; then journey through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains back to Madrid. This epic experience costs only $1,750 per person, which translates to less than $135 per day.
There’s no better time to visit Wales than now with the strength of the U.S. dollar against the British pound. Wales is home to some of the most dramatic coastal scenery and beautiful seaside towns and villages in Europe and more castles and sheep than you can imagine—and this town where there are more books than people. It’s also a hot destination for adventure activities such as the fastest zipline in the world, adrenaline-rush coasteering on the rocky coastline, white water rafting, and surfing at the world’s first surf lagoon in Snowdonia. The Explore Wales Pass starts at just over $83 and is valid for four days of unlimited travel over eight days. Don’t miss a stay in Cardiff to explore the city and Cardiff Castle. The Novotel Cardiff Centre Hotel will keep kids busy at nights with a heated pool and entertainment area. Accommodations and breakfast are free for up to two children under 16.
Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, Utah
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The picturesque setting of Sorrel River Ranch’s 240-acre western dude ranch meets upscale bed-and-breakfast will take your breath away. Situated along the Colorado River and surrounded by majestic red rocks and canyons in Moab, this is the ideal locale for rugged outdoor adventure. Guests can go horseback riding, Jeep or UTV off-roading, or hiking right from the property. They can also book a rafting trip or take the short drive to famed Arches National Park. Their new All-Inclusive Package is a deal starting at just under $1,100 for two adults per night. This price includes luxury accommodations, unlimited gourmet cuisine, and non-alcoholic beverages, a $200 resort credit per person per night to be used on any activities, spa services or bar beverages, service gratuities, and transportation to and from the airport. Check out more luxury camping experiences that will make you an outdoor person.
Jekyll Island Club Resort, Georgia
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This grand historic resort is located on the southernmost island of coastal Georgia’s Golden Isles. The Club, an exclusive vacation retreat, first opened in 1888 hosting families such as the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers. Today, Jekyll Island Club Resort is a stunning 240-acre oceanfront property featuring world-class amenities. The property has recently undergone a $25 million revitalization, including a new all-suite beachfront hotel and over-water restaurant. There are many special deals and packages available including a Back-to-School Special starting at $159 a night, which offers complimentary bike rentals. For a taste of Southern hospitality and low country cuisine, plan to visit during the Shrimp and Grits Festival, September 20–22, 2019. It’s a short walk from the property to the festivities, and room rates start as low at $160 per night during those dates.
Savannah is known as The Hostess City of the South for its gracious hospitality. The city is also worth a visit for its beauty and ever-expanding culinary scene. The historic district is one of the largest in the United States with Live Oak-lined streets draped in Spanish Moss, beautiful architecture, and ornamental ironwork. Book your accommodations at the recently opened Perry Lane Hotel located in the historic district. It’s the perfect location from which to explore the city and surrounding area. The hotel offers a number of packages, including Sun-Sational Savings rates beginning at $179 per night, and two outdoor adventure packages tailor-made for families. Kids will love to play cornhole on the event lawn at their rooftop venue, Peregrin, or swim in the rooftop pool. The property is also very pet-friendly, so the whole family can get in on the act.
Finger Lakes Region, New York
This scenic 9,000-square-mile area is located between Rochester and Syracuse in Upstate New York and is quickly becoming a popular getaway in the Northeast. Imagine waterfalls (40-plus) and gorges, lush rolling green hills and picturesque shorelines that sit on 11 glacial lakes and one Great Lake. Families can visit what’s known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” at Letchworth State Park. Another option is a hot air balloon ride to view the landscape from above. Afterward, explore the culinary offerings, such as an apple or cheese tasting tour. Adults will also appreciate the local wine and craft beer scene. Accommodations can be found for as low as $75 per night at the 19th century Belhurst Castle in Geneva or $133 per night at Hotel Skylar in Syracuse. Now, find out even more last-minute summer getaways you hardly need to plan.