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Escape to a Caribbean island this summer for great deals, fewer crowds and lively festivals. Take the whole family to Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas, catch turtle nesting season in Barbados and attend one of the world’s largest merengue festivals in Dominican Republic.
1. Many luxury resorts are cheaper
Summertime is off-season in the Caribbean, so you can snag a posh property for less. No two rooms are alike at Anse Chastanet, a boutique resort in Saint Lucia. The chic Casuarina pool suite, for example, is appointed with coralina stone tiles and handcrafted furniture. The suite also has its own private pool and overlooks the green-capped Pitons mountains. In Jamaica, the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall pampers its guests with heavenly touches such as beach butlers and swanky, swim-up rooms.
2. The kids will love it
Please the whole family with a trip to an island waterpark. Kids of all ages will love the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in Bahamas for its zany waterslides, river rides and huge pools. Tots can splash around in the Mayan water playground at Splashers, while adrenalin hounds can brave the plunging Leap of Faith, a waterslide with a nearly 20-metre, almost-vertical drop. In Saint Lucia, stay at the Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, home of the island’s largest water park, which features a lazy river and slides.