Ultra-Affordable Winter-Weather Escapes

  • Want to Get Away?

    Is it spring yet? This year, it seems like the winter months are crawling by ever so slowly. Over at StyleCaster, we are already dying to trade in ourr bulky sweaters for barely-there bikinis. If you're looking to treat your dried-out skin to a sunkissed and freckled facial, maybe it's time to book a vacation to the beach. Sure, we might be in a recession, but that doesn't mean we have to miss out on a little R&R. Take a look at some of our suggestions and set the itinerary for your much-needed, affordable beach vacation. Photo Credit: WikiTravel.org
    Costa Rica: Why You Should Go
  • Costa Rica: Why You Should Go

    The very mention of Costa Rica brings to mind one thing: paradise. This country is home to a Disney-like cast of creatures —  from howler monkeys to toucans. The beauty is incredible and the sluggish pace is seductive — it would be easy to live according to island time here. What’s there to do on vacation in Costa Rica? For starters, the question should be what isn’t there to do, because there's something for every type of traveler here. Active travelers can surf and snorkel, and adrenaline junkies have a myriad of ways to make their mothers worry. Try river kayaking or seeing the sights the extreme way: canopy tours will send you ziplining through trees and their tropical inhabitants. If that’s a little too extreme for you, check out the view from above in a two-seater ultralight plane. Either way, you’re guaranteed to get a whole new perspective on Mother Nature. Photo Credit: kansasphoto
    Where to Stay in Costa Rica
  • Where to Stay in Costa Rica

    Relax in the top eco-lodges after living life on the edge or shack-up in thatch-roof beach bungalows. Lapa Ríos is not only environmentally conscious, but it’s cost-friendly, too. The premier eco-lodge has gone totally green. It endorses innovative eco-friendly practices, including feeding organic waste to pigs in order to produce methane fuel. Photo Credit: joiseyshowaa
    Dominica: Why You Should Go
  • Dominica: Why You Should Go

    Dominica is the Caribbean home to an unspoiled natural environment — this is its main draw. For many travelers, an island with no big beach resorts is a minus, but here, it’s a plus; tranquil oceanfronts will allow you to become the ultimate beach bum. Photo Credit: kretyen
    Where to Stay in Dominica
  • Where to Stay in Dominica

    Cocoa Cottage is also eco-sensitive and its hand-constructed wood lodging has a cozy treehouse feel. It might be basic, but it's very comfortable. Staying here will make you feel like you belong in The Swiss Family Robinson. The nature-inspired décor is made from recycled materials: bed frames from recycled spools, lamps from coconut shells and flower pots from bamboo. Aside from its green stamp of approval, Cocoa Cottage is rustic and remote, which means it’s the perfect remedy for the winter chills. Photo Credit: quintanomedia
    Saba: Why You Should Go
  • Saba: Why You Should Go

    When you dream of your ultimate vacation getaway, the Caribbean Islands is probably one of the first warm weather destinations that comes to mind, right? The island of St. Barth’s is the most popular of the chain, but it’s also the priciest. Don’t have a lot of money to spend on a beach vacation? Just venture to Saba — it’s been dubbed the hidden gem of the Caribbean. And unlike St. Barth’s and some of its sister islands, all of the natives speak English, so there’s no language barrier. Travel Tip: Take a short boat ride over to Scilly Cay on the island of Anguilla. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this. Scilly Cay is both an island and a restaurant because the only thing situated on the tiny, remote island is a restaurant. You can’t make dinner reservations here, though, because they only serve lunch: no electricity on the island means that it's only open during the daylight hours. Don’t worry, the restaurant's different approach won’t compromise a fine dining experience, as all of the food is prepared fresh everyday. While you're lingering over the menu, try the famous rum punch. Somehow, it always makes that difficult decision much easier. But, be careful: the drinks are strong and the blistering sun can render the effects of alcohol very deceiving. Photo Credit: Serge Melki
    Where to Stay in Saba
  • Where to Stay in Saba

    Cottage Club Hotel consists of a bunch of gingerbread-like bungalows. The price is right and the proximity to the downtown area is ideal. Bungalows sprawl down the side of the mountain — the cliff-side setting offers postcard-perfect views. Photo Credit: ScubaBear68
    Phuket, Thailand: Why You Should Go
  • Phuket, Thailand: Why You Should Go

    Phuket  is an island destination that has definitely earned its bragging rights for sandy beaches and clear water. These beaches have it all for the sun seeker. Patong Beach (above) is the most famous (and the most infamous). This beach will take you from day to night with lounge bars and lots of restaurants. Patong Beach will put more mileage on you as a traveler, but it’s worth the long trip: once you're there, the cost of food and other expenses is a bargain. Photo Credit: caspermoller
    Where to Stay in Phuket
  • Where to Stay in Phuket

    For cheap accommodations near Surin Beach (just a few feet away from the sand), stay at the Surin Bay Inn. This is the perfect place to call home while on vacation — it was voted one of the best value accommodations in Phuket. Photo Credit: schuey
    Eleuthera and Exuma Islands, Bahamas: Why You Should Go
  • Eleuthera and Exuma Islands, Bahamas: Why You Should Go

    A trip to Eleuthra and Exuma Islands in the Bahamas won’t have you traveling very far to soak under the sun. Undeveloped beaches, secluded sandy coves and turquoise water are these islands' claims to fame, and the laid-back, easy-going pace of the islands guarantees a restful respite. Eleuthra Island: The name of the island is Greek for “freedom” — very fitting, since it’s free from crowds and cruise ships. Leave your watch home and forget your BlackBerry while you’re at it: the only thing you have to work for here is your tan. The best beach spot is Surfer’s Beach; it has some of the best waves on the island. Exuma Island: Aside from bumming around on the beach, you might even get some star gazing done on this island — Johnny Depp (among other celebrities) has a vacation home here! Photo Credit: teddyb
    Where to Stay on the Eleuthera and Exuma Islands
  • Where to Stay on the Eleuthera and Exuma Islands

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a low-key getaway for yachties and escapists. The cotton-candy-colored cottages have broad ocean vistas. It's both comfortable and affordable. Photo Credit: cogdogblog
    The Florida Keys: Why You Should Go
  • The Florida Keys: Why You Should Go

    No passport required for this vacation. The Florida Keys may be in the U.S., but here, you'll still feel like you’re deep in the heart of the tropics. Key Largo is sandwiched between the Everglades and North America’s only living coral barrier reef. Snorkeling is the best way to swim beside sea life, but if you don’t feel like diving into the ocean, try a glass-bottom boat ride —thousands of sea creatures will be visible right beneath your flip-flops. Photo Credit: Lee Coursey
    Where to Stay in the Keys
  • Where to Stay in the Keys

    Stay at the Key Largo Grande Resort and Beach Club. All rooms have a private balcony and private trails that lead to beach coves. Photo Credit: sanjoyg
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