Top 3 Picks for Off-Peak Summer Destinations

Summer is one of the busiest travel times of the year and with that can come big price tags. But there is good news! The North American summer is low-season in many tropical locations, winter-sports meccas, and destinations on the other side of the hemisphere. And low-season, of course, typically equates to money-saving travel deals! Here are Cruise & Travel Master’s top 3 picks for off-peak summer destinations:

St. Lucia snorkeling

St. Lucia snorkeling

#1 -St. Lucia

Has lush, tropical St. Lucia always been on your bucket list? Go this summer. This lovely island has low-season prices, from cheap flights to discounted packages! One reason you can get to St. Lucia for less this season are all the new airline routes. Increased service includes JetBlue flights out of New York’s JFK, new summer service on Delta out of Atlanta, and new Saturday nonstop service from Newark on United starting this July.

According to Nerdin St. Rose, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the St. Lucia Tourist Board, “St. Lucia’s summertime savings will attract vacationers of all ages. From family vacations to couples on their honeymoon, our romance and family-friendly offerings make St. Lucia the perfect getaway.”  And St. Lucia’s visitors’ bureau is raving about the huge savings on summer stays!

South African Safari

South African Safari

#2-South Africa

Find the “big five”—elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, and leopard—on safari in South Africa. And find the lowest prices when you go during the winter low-season. “Winter” in this case corresponds with the North American summer. During this time South Africa experiences cooler, less humid weather from June through September. South Africa’s winter is a fantastic time to go on safari, as many animals are especially easy to spot during this season.

One of the best ways to put together a wildlife-watching trip is to purchase a package. And those seeking safari packages in South Africa will find the prices during low-season months to be much more affordable!

Costa Rica waterfalls

Costa Rica waterfalls

#3 Costa Rica

Costa Rica in the summer can be rainy at times but that also means no fighting for a chair at the beach! May through June is considered the “green season,” which means that you might experience some drizzles and humidity. But with cheaper accommodations, activities, and flights to the country, coupled with less crowds, it’s a smart time to visit.

You can find very affordable flights from the U.S. to Costa Rica on Frontier Airlines, but only during summer. The airline operates seasonal service to San Jose through mid-August. The fares for nonstop flights from Denver to San Jose in July were seen to be as little as $470 round-trip. This is a lot cheaper than the fares from Denver in November, which usually require some sort of connection flight.

With more flights being added, you’ll find even more affordable options to Costa Rica—more routes, of course, means more competitive prices. JetBlue’s new service from Ft. Lauderdale to San Jose begins this June. Delta just added year-round flights from Los Angeles to San Jose and United started service from Chicago to San Jose. There are so many options!

For more information on scoring the best travel deals for your next trip, please contact our travel specialists at Cruise & Travel Masters!
*** REMEMBER, book with us to get the ultimate lowest price, travel tips from the pros and someone to help you through the sticky situations that can sometimes come up when on the road!

Sonja @ Cruise & Travel Masters
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