We could all use a little bit of an escape this time of year, and if you're in the market for a last-minute trip, your timing couldn't be better. Experts says you can usually find discounted last-minute offers between now and the Spring Break rush. "March is a great time to travel. It's sandwiched between the three-day President's Day weekend in February when a lot of people are traveling and then also family friendly Spring Break, which usually happens in late March or April, so you can find some great deals now," says J.D. Rinne, managing editor at travel deals site Jetsetter.com.
No matter what kind of traveler you are, there's something for everybody. Check out these five destinations and some of their special deals going on right now.
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Wild Dunes, South Carolina
For families, Rinne recommends Wild Dunes, South Carolina, a gated resort community situated just 20 minutes outside Charleston. Boasting a 2-mile long beach, two golf courses, 17 tennis courts and four pools, it's no wonder Wild Dunes is known as the "best kept secret" in family vacations. Rooms at the Boardwalk Inn are on sale between now and early March for less than $200 a night. Check out WildDunes.com for more.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Travel to Vegas can be relatively inexpensive, with a number of low-cost carriers including Southwest, AirTran and JetBlue flying into McCarran Airport in Las Vegas all year round. As for accommodations, check out Jetsetter where you can find rates as low as $89 per night at both The Signature at MGM Grand and The Palms Place—up to a 50 percent savings. Check out Jetsetter.com to join the travel site for free.
While you're there, don't forget the city's free attractions. "Another way to save while in Vegas is to take advantage of all the free sights and entertainment, including the Fountains at The Bellagio, The Lion Habitat at MGM Grand and The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel," says Rinne. "If you lose all your money at the craps table in Vegas, don't worry there are a lot of [free] options for you."
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For couples, grab your passports. Best to head down south to Cancun where Rinne says you can find exceptional deals in the winter, especially at all-inclusive resorts. The Marriott Cancun Resort is offering a 20 percent discount throughout March. Use the promotional code JZL when booking online. Also, every Monday, Jetsetter launches a new "mystery sale" with discounts starting at 40 percent. You won't know the name of the hotel until you book but rest assured, these "mystery sales" have gotten the green light by a Jetsetter travel correspondent. In the past, featured mystery sales have included the Four Seasons and The Ritz-Carlton hotels.
It may be peak season for hitting the slopes, but you can still find low-priced deals. Jetsetter's currently offering a special at the Peaks Resort in Telluride, Colorado. Bookings start at $90 per night, a savings of up to 50 percent.
"It's been a mild winter and because of that it's there wasn't a lot of snow especially in the West. But now there finally is some snow and [the ski resorts] are trying to make big bang at the end of the season," says Rinne. A few of her tips for making your ski vacation more affordable: Bundle your hotel, ski rentals and lift ticket to save as much as 20 percent. Also, keep in mind that lift tickets and rentals are much cheaper Monday through Thursday.
Villa in Jamaica
Finally, if you're seeking some laid back luxury, how about a villa in Jamaica?
If you can convince enough friends to join, villas can offer great bang for your buck. At Scotch on the Rocks in Jamaica, for example, hang out in a five-bedroom, five-bath villa overlooking the bay with stunning views of the Caribbean. Jetsetter is currently offering an exclusive price of $1,075 per night or $215 per room.
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