There’s snow on the ground in much of the United States, with some areas seeing several inches and below-freezing temperatures in the past couple of days. Visions of sandy beaches and rays of sun seem like far-fetched daydreams while staring at mounds of snow and icy streets. But why not treat yourself to a quick getaway to a warm destination? We’ve rounded up a few beach locales—some splurges and several steals—that will probably have you booking your next trip to paradise before the next snowflake falls.
Soul Train Cruise
This is a three-in-one-beach getaway for the last-minute ballers out there. The Soul Train Cruise leaves the U.S. on Feb. 23 and features performers such as the Isley Brothers, Roberta Flack and Charlie Wilson. The cruise makes three stops after leaving Fort Lauderdale: St. Maarten, St. Barths and Half Moon Cay. Book your trip ASAP here.
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
When travelers think of the Dominican Republic, the island’s main tourist destination, Punta Cana, probably first comes to mind. But why not venture elsewhere? On the island’s North coast, Puerto Plata boasts jungles and golden beaches. Looking for a deal? Try this Living Social voucher for a four-night stay for two for $480 (with all meals, drinks and taxes included), and you could go as soon as tomorrow.
Negril is ranked as one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Frommer’s for its turquoise water, coral reefs and white-sand beaches. Jump off cliffs, go snorkeling and enjoy the sun in Jamaica. Don’t want to search for a deal? Try the Legends Beach Resort with this deal from Living Social.