This exclusive deal for Frommer's readers should get your bags packed to the Caribbean in a hurry. This four-night Bahamas deal from CheapCaribbean.com (tel. 800/915-2322; www.cheapcaribbean.com) includes airfare from Fort Lauderdale -- all from $339 per person.
This particular deal to the Bahamas has been customized for Frommer's readers with a complimentary upgrade (based on availability), and it also features a longer booking window than what's typically offered by CheapCaribbean.com packages.
The beachfront Viva Wyndham Fortuna is in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. It's actually the only all-inclusive property on Grand Bahama. In addition to the usual kayak rentals, windsurfing, and snorkeling, there's a five-star PADI dive center -- and trapeze lessons.
If booked separately, according to a Kayak search for a Thursday departure in early September, the airfare starts at $265 per person. A four-night stay starts at about $374 per person if you book the advance purchase, non-refundable rate through Viva Wyndham's website. If booked independently, airfare and four nights' hotel comes to $639 per person. When you add $80 onto CheapCaribbean.com's $339 starting price to account for the government taxes and fees, this four-night Bahamas package costs $419. Buying this package would then save you $220 when compared to booking each component separately.
Keep in mind that the islands in the Bahamas are at risk of hurricanes (the Atlantic hurricane season goes until Nov. 30), so consider your travel insurance options carefully.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive, independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport, Grand Bahama; four nights at the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Fortuna resort; a free snorkeling excursion; VIP amenities such as an upgrade to an ocean-view room (if available); early check-in; a 20% discount on car rentals, items not on the all-inclusive menus, and the upscale onsite Pier One restaurant; 10% off at the diving center; and airline fuel surcharges.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Government taxes and fees of about $80 per person.
Book By: Oct. 13
When: Sept. 1-Oct. 31
Single Supplement: About $260 (a solo traveler would pay about $600 total, including airfare from Fort Lauderdale)
Other Gateways: New York (from $559); Phoenix (from $589); Washington, D.C. (from $599); Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Detroit (from $619)
Other Details: All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.