December 26th. For some, today is a day of leftovers, shopping (have you seen these sales?!) and reconnecting with family and friends. For others, it’s all about braving the airport and heading back home. But for the last minute sand and sun loving, new locale searching, #TravelFly styling woman who has yet to figure out her New Year’s Eve plans—today is the day to start hunting for a good deal and warm destination to wake up to 2016 in. And because we love you, here are some ideas to get you packing and on your way asap.
All the below flight and hotels were searched for using the following criteria:
Locales: Caribbean/Central America to lessen flying time from the U.S.
Dates: Monday 12/28 to Tuesday January 5th.
Departure Airports: NYC (LGA + JFK), MIA and LAX.
Flight prices and hotel rates listed were accurate at press time and may have changed since.
For The Luxe Lovers…
Flying from NYC: $470+, MIA: $609+: LAX: not even worth it!
Where To Stay: Sugar Ridge Hotel
Why: An intimate property with some serious views, an Aveda spa, infinity pool and easy beach access.
Book It: A Deluxe King room is available for $551/night on Hotels.com.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Flying from LAX: $695+, NYC: $415+, MIA: $463+
Where To Stay: The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Why: After a $200 million dollar renovation, this 5-start gem is reclaiming it’s spot as THE luxe locale with some of the nicest guest rooms and pool areas we’ve seen on the isle.
Book It: We found a Heritage Queen room available on Trip Advisor for $373/night, and a City View King Single room on BookIt for $600/night.
Flying from LAX: $528+, NYC: $465+, MIA: $450+
Where To Stay: Sandos Luxury Resort & Spa
Why: They get all-inclusive right with great selection, and you’re far from the “rager” scene commonly associated with Cancun.
Book It: We found a rooms available from $586/night on Booking.
For The Fun-Loving Crew…
Los Cabos, Baja California
Flying from LAX: $414+, NYC: $402+, MIA: $618+
Where To Stay: Cabo Surf Hotel & Spa
Why: Work your core with some surf lessons, work your appetite with some after-surf drinks, and then wind down at the spa. It’s laid-back vibe with attention to amenity detail makes it our choice.
Book It: We found Ocean Double rooms on The Booking Button from $450/night.
Flying from LAX: $794+, NYC: $534+, MIA: $579+
Where To Stay: True Blue Bay Boutique Resort
Why: A super laid-back boutique hotel on the south coast marina (with a cute little beach), super close to all of the islands main attractions, perfect for exploring why they call Grenada the “Spice Island.” They also have a popular in-house cooking class and mermaid swimming. Yes, mermaid swimming. Get ya life!
Book It: We found Standard Double rooms on Hotels.com for $283/night.
Remember that New Year’s Eve is one of the most expensive travel seasons, so double check all the rates you find but if the deal is good, don’t wait too long. Also, it’s worth it to call the hotel just to go over the fine print and confirm your booking if going through a third party. Also, don’t forget to protect your brown skin when you get there. See you on the beach in 2016!
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