During this frigid time of year, sun-soaked beaches beckon, and a crop of hotels participating in "Cyber Monday" deals have unleashed bargains for the rest of 2013 and into 2014. The catch? They're only available for purchase on Cyber Monday—the Monday after Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving Day)—although some launch the sales as early as Black Friday itself.
Here are 11 reasons to sit at your computer on Cyber Monday and click away in pursuit of your next beach vacation. Hotels from Del Mar, California, to the Dominican Republic are participating in this tempting campaign to get you on the beach.
St. Lucia, Barbados, the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands & Antigua
The Deal: A whopping 45 percent off room rates at Elite Island Resorts' (http://www.eliteislandresorts.com) seven Caribbean properties—with a fifth night free—provides lots of flexibility for a beach vacation. The roster includes St. James's Club (Morgan Bay, St. Lucia), The Club Barbados (Barbados), Palm Island Resort (The Grenadines), St. James's Club & Villas (Antigua), Verandah Resort & Spa (Antigua), Galley Bay Resort & Spa (Antigua) and Long Bay Beach Club (Tortola, British Virgin Islands). This is for stays through December 20, 2014.
How to Book: Call 800-858-4618 or visit www.eliteislandresorts.com between November 28 and December 2, 2013.
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
The Deal: Stay a bit off-the-beaten-path—without compromising the beach, and still within the Los Angeles area—at the oceanfront Terranea Resort. Rates are 35 percent off for stays through February 28, 2014.
How to Book: Visit www.terranea.com between November 29 and December 2, 2013, and use code BLACKFRIDAY or CYBERMONDAY.
Castries, St. Lucia
How to Book: Call 800-544-2883 on December 2, 2013, and use code CYBER.
Guanica, Puerto Rico
The Deal: Stays from Monday through Thursday nights, from January 5 through April 30, 2014, at Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa are slashed to 40 percent off. Ninety miles from San Juan, the beachfront hotel boasts white-sand beaches, plus nearby diving spots and the Guánica Dry Forest.
How to Book: Call 800-468-4553 on December 2, 2013, and use code CYBER.
The Deal: Offers of up to 50 percent off room rates at Atlantis—the resort's first venture into Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales—translate to the lowest rates throughout all of 2014 (starting as low as $99 per night), with only a few blackout dates. Also new: Olives by Todd English, a celeb-chef eatery in Atlantis Casino.
How to Book: Visit www.atlantis.com or call 800-ATLANTIS between November 29, 2013 and December 2, 2013.
Miami Beach, FL
The Deal: Get 35 percent off at Sense Beach House, an intimate 18-room boutique hotel that's small on size but high on style in South Beach. The deal—for stays throughout 2014—includes breakfast, when booking a King room.
How to Book: Visit www.sensebeachhouse.com on December 1 and 2, 2013, and use code CYBER.
Panama City, Panama
The Deal: Rates linked to its Cyber Monday sale drop to as low as 75 percent off at Westin Playa Bonita, just two years old and with a swanky spa. This is for travel through December 2, 2014.
How to Book: Visit www.westinplayabonita.com on December 1 and 2, 2013.
San Diego, CA
How to Book: Visit www.paradisepoint.com between November 29, 2013, and December 2, 2013.
North Myrtle Beach, SC
The Deal: Complete the family's summer-vacation planning now by booking a summer 2014 stay at Myrtle Beach's family-friendly Mar Vista Grande, which translates to 35 percent off on three- and four-bedroom condos. Trip dates must be between June 13 and August 16, 2014.
How to Book: Visit www.myrtlebeachhotels.com on December 2, 2013.
Del Mar, CA
The Deal: Tony Del Mar, near San Diego, becomes more affordable with the 40-percent off rates on stays at L'Auberge Del Mar. Thus far, the hotel has been hush-hush about trip dates, but that comes paired with a promise that it'll be a sweet bargain.
How to Book: Visit www.laubergedelmar.com between November 29, 2013, and December 2, 2013.
Riviera Maya, Mexico & Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Deal: Take your pick on where you want to bake on a beach —Riviera Maya, Mexico, or Punta Cana, Dominican Republic—with Barcelo Resorts & Hotels' sale, which gives 40 percent off on stays at these two all-inclusive resorts throughout 2014.
How to Book: Visit www.barcelo.com on December 2, 2013.
Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee where she reports on food, wine, and travel topics around the globe for Fodors.com, along with new-hotel openings. She also writes for Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Whole Living, and American Way. In 2006 she co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coffee and Tea (Alpha Books/Penguin). You can follow her on Twitter @kristineahansen or through her web site.
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Elite Island Resorts; Terranea Resort; Copamarina Beach Resort; Sense Beach House; Paradise Point Resort & Spa; L'Auberge del Mar
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