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February 07, 2007

IT'S A BARGAIN: Go somewhere warm


Newport Beachside Resort

Remember all those people bellyaching about it being too "balmy" outside? Let's all get together and torture them. Slowly. But first, let's warm up. Somewhere, preferably, where thermometers with numbers below 80 haven't been invented yet. If you think points south are all overpriced right about now, you haven't been paying attention. Here, 5 recommended itineraries for mid-February departure dates (room rates are doubles per night).

MIAMI
So it's not super-warm, but it ain't here, that's for sure.
Fly: $205/RT from LGA on United.
Stay: $223/night at the Newport Beachside Resort in Sunny Isles. This ain't no country club, but it ain't no disco neither. Sneak into the nearby Acqualina resort if you need a touch of class.

CANCUN
It's a little cheaper to get here lately - Wilma recovery is still underway. One thing hasn't changed - the temperatures. Niiice.
Fly: $298/RT from EWR on Northwest.
Stay: You get what you pay for when you pay $91/night at the Radisson Hacienda Cancun: A downtown location, and no beach shuttle. We're confident you can find your way alone.

SAN JUAN
You don't need a passport - just in case you were confused.
Fly: $256/RT from JFK on United
Stay: It's just $108/night to be one block from the beach at El Canario by the Lagoon, one of a small group of properties in the Condado district with a a strong following.

ARUBA
You want hot? This is one of the few Caribbean islands where you can all but depend on winter days warming up to the point where you actually sweat. Prices tend to run accordingly, but this fare isn't bad, when you consider that to go to, say, Jamaica, you're looking at about $600 RT.
Fly: $391/RT from JFK on American (aa.com)
Stay: $136/night at the not-too-shabby (seriously) Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino.

Posted by David Landsel on February 7, 2007 01:24 PM

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