Top 5 Off-Peak Destinations for Fall 2013

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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Along with sweaters and pumpkin-spice lattes, fall brings travel deals galore. In select regions, a short-lived harmony of still-somewhat-summery weather and slashed shoulder-season prices creates the perfect conditions for the frugal traveler. This year, we've identified five especially fabulous destinations where off-season pricing is ripe for the pickin'.



One of the most cost-prohibitive parts of a Caribbean vacation is often the flight, but, generally, the more flights available to an island, the more competitive the fares to get there. Barbados' extensive service via most major U.S. carriers—including JetBlue, American, Delta, and US Airways—makes it a budget-friendly pick for beach-seeking travelers, especially during fall.

When we tested peak-season fares for travel in January, the lowest available fare came to $500 round-trip. Fares for about $100 less were readily available for late October and early November departures.

Add to that the many seasonal price drops and deals that spring forth in Barbados come fall and you have even more reasons to visit. The Barbados Tourism Authority is offering a wide-ranging "free spending money" deal for those who visit the island before December 21: Receive up to $200 per person when you book with participating hotels, car-rental providers, and attractions. On top of that, lower seasonal prices provide even more savings: For example, at this participating Cassia Heights Island Villa, nightly rates are $150 cheaper in fall compared to winter.

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