The Hideaways Take:This Caribbean island maintains a unique culture --shaped by its colonial past and African heritage--and a varied landscape of rugged rain-forested mountains, plains of sugarcane, and some impressive rivers and waterfalls. The countryside is punctuated by picturesque settlements, the occasional old plantation, mountain cascades, and, of course, some spectacular best-of-the-Caribbean beaches.
Hideaways Travel Agent Tip: "You still might find a deal in Jamaica if you book soon. But don't procrastinate! Flights are already getting crazy full for January through March, and airfare isn't getting any cheaper--in fact, just the opposite."
Where to Stay: We recommend Round Hill Hotel and Villas--where members of the Hideaways Aficionado Club receive two complimentary 50-minute Tranquility Massages--and also Half Moon (pictured above), Jamaica Inn, The Caves, and Strawberry Hill.
Other "Hot" Spring Destinations
Costa Rica/Belize: January through April is the time for perfect weather here--so book your trip now!
Hideaways recommends: In Costa Rica, Hotel Punta Islita, Lapa Rios Ecolodge, and Hotel Capitan Suizo; in Belize, Blancaneaux Lodge, Turtle Inn, and The Inn at Robert's Grove.
Hideaways-exclusive deal: 2-night package for two in a Bungalow at Lapa Rios, including meals, for $1,160 (save $280). Only 1 left!
See our Travel to Costa Rica resource page.
Tahiti/French Polynesia: Late winter and spring are less expensive, possibly rainier, but always beautiful--a great year-round destination.
Hideaways recommends: Sailing the region with Paul Gauguin Cruises.
Read: "Cruising Where Life Imitates Art".
European Cruising: April/May is the start of cruise season, and rates are generally lower than in summer. It could be cooler and a bit wetter, but it's also less crowded.
Hideaways recommends: An early Med cruise with Oceania Cruises or a river cruise in the Netherlands with AmaWaterways.
Read: "The Black Sea, Unveiled" and "Cruising the World, Your Way".
Read on for more info on the real Jamaica and to learn the favorite Jamaican dish of Hideaways President Mike Thiel--it's not as obvious as you might think!
Want Other Travel Suggestions? Find out where we'd love to send you this upcoming March, April, or May--based on your travel style, budget, and desires--when you entrust your vacation planning to the very capable hands of your own personal planner at Hideaways Travel Services (toll-free: 800-843-4433).
Keep a Lookout! The November issue of Hideaways Life: TopX will reveal our top picks for places bursting with Christmas cheer as well as those where you can escape the holiday hoopla and say "Bah, humbug!"