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16 Last-Minute Travel Deals You Can’t Afford to Miss

If you're looking for somewhere to go before the summer officially ends, you'll be excited to know some of the best destinations and resorts are offering steeply discounted last minute travel deals right now.

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Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resortvia

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

If you’re a fan of pristine white sand beaches, you need to add Playa del Carmen to your travel bucket list ASAP. The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen sits on Mamita’s beach and is the only full-service luxury hotel in town. They’re offering steeply discounted last-minute travel deals right now, where rates are as much as 50 percent off high season. It’s a great way to experience their zip-lines, the world’s second largest coral reef, and flawless Caribbean views. Take a look at the most photogenic beaches in the world

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Stowe Mountain Lodgevia

Stowe Mountain, Vermont

Sure, Stowe Mountain is known as one of the best in the world for ski bums, but the resort offers a plethora of warmer weather activities, too, including hiking, fishing, an outdoor pool you can enter from the inside of the hotel (imagine that!), and world-class fare. It’s also home to some of the best and most luxurious family-friendly accommodations, including the Stowe Mountain Lodge; summer rates are as much as 60 percent off ski season rates, with classic rooms starting at $229 per night and all suites being discounted extra, starting at $329 per night.

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spavia

St. Lucia

Right now Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, the only premium all-inclusive vacation experience in St. Lucia, is offering rates starting at $147 per person in either their family-friendly Splash wing, or their adults-only Harmony wing. What makes this one of our favorite last minute travel deals is that kids under three stay free, and older children stay for just $59 per night. The rates are based on double occupancy, and also include airport transfers, free Wi-Fi, water-stocked mini-fridges, and loads of activities. Find out more about the best all-inclusive vacations around the world.

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Sirata Beach Resortvia

St. Petersburg, Florida

Located on its own patch of private beach in St. Petersburg, Florida, Sirata Beach Resort offers exclusive Gulf Coast access and an island-style escape with no passport necessary. The resort also features three restaurants, three pools, activities for everyone, and a free cocktail hour that’ll turn any last minute trip into an instant vacation. Take advantage of discounted summer pricing and low-season access to all the best features.

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Hilton Anatolevia


The Hilton Anatole is under 30 minutes by car from both Dallas airports, close to the city’s booming Design District, and features a surreal resort-style pool complex that boasts multiple pools, slides, a lazy river, private cabanas, and a swim-up bar, making Dallas a true Texas oasis for couples, friends, and families alike. Rates are currently rock-bottom, and start well under $200 per night.

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Unscripted Durhamvia

Durham, North Carolina

If you’re looking to escape to the Carolinas, Unscripted Durham, a former 1960s motor lodge turned chic boutique hotel is offering rates throughout the end of summer starting at $129 a night. That’s a steal considering the hotel’s proximity to the Durham Performing Arts Center, the many local restaurants, the on-site rooftop lounge, and Pour Taproom, a pay-by-the-ounce taproom brimming with must-try craft beers. Speaking of ale, find out the best craft beer from every state.

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Sirata Beach Resortvia

Lake Tahoe, California

If you’ve ever hit this posh destination in the winter, you know the prices can get closer to the sky than the local ski lifts, but heading to the area in warmer seasons can help you land serious steals. Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Aston Lakeland Village Beach & Mountain Resort is a luxe condominium resort set on the lake’s south shore. You’ll enjoy the crisp water, soft lake beaches, idyllic mountain hikes, and access to the local day camp for children ages six through 12 if you plan to bring little ones. Rates begin at $219 per night.

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Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamasvia

The Bahamas

Just a few minutes from the Nassau airport is a 1,000 foot stretch of Instagram-worthy shore called Cable Beach, and Breezes Resort & Spa in The Bahamas sits right on it. They’re offering a very major summer sale with deals over 50 percent off all travel booked by August 31, 2018 (available for use anytime from now until December 18, 2018). This is one of our favorite last minute travel deals because you can book now and use your stay for several months to come. Beach access and fun are free for all hotel guests, and tipping is not allowed at the resort—saving you even more money than you had ever planned. Find out the best Secrets Resorts from people who have been.

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Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valleyvia

Vail Valley, Colorado

Fancy a fishing trip? Great, because the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is an ideal summer getaway for fly fishing fans. The resort sits in the heart of the Vail Valley and is surrounded by breathtaking nature, features an incredible pool with three infinity hot tubs overlooking Eagle River, and has on-site bike rentals to see all the rest. And did we mention group exercise classes, an amazing spa, and a delicious Mexican restaurant? Rates start at a $199 a night through August.

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Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hiltonvia

Scottsdale, Arizona

If you’re looking for a truly romantic destination on our list of last minute travel deals, Boulders Resort & Spa, a luxury desert hideaway in Scottsdale, is the answer. You’ll find the resort jam-packed with outdoor activities thanks to on-site temperatures being about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the rest of the valley (you can thank the elevation). Guests are known to get their fill of moonlight bike rides, stargazing, paddleboard yoga, and swims in any of the resort’s four swimming pools. Summer rates drop as low as $129 per night, more than 70 percent below regular winter rates.

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San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casinovia

San Juan, Puerto Rico

It’s only a domestic flight away, and the perfect escape for travelers seeking a more exotic taste of American shores without the hassle of customs, currency exchanges, or cell phone reception issues. The Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is an all-ages friendly destination with calm, warm water beaches, fun activities, and affordable summer rates starting under $250 per night. Find out the 12 other best island vacations to take in the United States.

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Grace Bay, Turks & Caicosvia

Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos

This tropical escape is a breeze to get to thanks to daily direct flights from several major airports on just about all the major U.S.-based airlines, including American, JetBlue, Delta, and United. Stays at Seven Stars Resort & Spa from now through September 30, 2018, are on sale at a hefty 30 percent off. Just pack your bathing suit and some sunscreen and you’ll be all set. Discover the beaches with the warmest water in the world.

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Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Centervia

Sonoma Valley, California

Sonoma Valley, California may be most broadly known as a destination for wine lovers, but it’s also one of the best affordable locations for people of all ages and stages thanks to lush scenery, tranquil weather, and near endless food options. Rates start at about $150 per night at popular hotels, including the Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn, through the summer months.

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Banyan Tree Cabo Marquesvia

Acapulco, Mexico

Are you sitting down? We hope so, because this is the only BOGO (buy one get one) hotel on our list of last minute travel deals—and it’s a great one. Banyan Tree Cabo Marques is an AAA five-diamond hotel that boasts 45 private villas—each with its own pool—surrounded by mountain views and gorgeous Pacific Ocean vistas. Book a room of any category at the hotel now through August 31, 2018, and get the second night free. Better yet, you can travel any time through December 19, 2018, so you can save your trip for a special occasion or a cold weather escape.

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King Charles Innvia

Charleston, South Carolina

Bring your brightly colored shorts, hats, and sunglasses, because rooms at the King Charles Inn in trendy downtown historic Charleston are discounted by 25 percent off through the month of August, and include complimentary parking and Wi-Fi so you can upload all your gorgeous vacation photos in a jiffy.

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Turnberry Isle Miami, Autograph Collectionvia

Sunny Isles Beach, Miami

The normally very expensive and upscale Turnberry Isle Miami is pretty affordable for this short stretch of summer, and can be booked as low as $209 a night. The resort features a top-notch spa with a music therapy steam room, Himalayan salt room, and Swiss shower. If that’s not enough, the pools, service, and beach-scented air will rope you in. If you can’t swing a last minute Labor Day getaway, there are still many smart reasons to travel in the fall.

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Bryce Gruber
As Home Editor, Bryce Gruber is an expert in gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at Reader's Digest. You've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting outlets and on TV shows. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.