Travel Deals

Published on February 13th, 2014 | by Mark Chesnut


TRAVEL DEALS: 6 Romantic Vacation Ideas for Valentine’s Day & Beyond

It may be too late to take your sweetie to the beach on Valentine’s Day (last-minute flights can be pricey). But you can still give some romantic travel gifts on Valentine’s Day, for travel later this year. For this week, my favorite travel deals include free credits at romantic Mexico beach hotels in Cancun, 20% discounts on love-minded Costa Rica vacations, couples massages in one of the most impressive hotels in Panama, specially priced gay luxury tours of Peru and discounted rates at Sheraton and W Hotels in Puerto Rico.

Don’t forget: You can get some of the best rates on airlines, hotels, rental cars and cruises by using LatinFlyer’s own travel booking engine — it’s at the top right-hand side of this page, where it says “Save Big on Your Trip.” With one click, you can compare airfares and rates from more than 10 top travel sites, including Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity. No more wasting time when you travel!

Here are my 6 favorite romantic picks for travel deals in Latin America this week:

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort and Spa
Cancun, Mexico
Resort Credit Program
What It Is: This Cancun beach hotel is offering more than $1,000 in credits for activities and amenities for minimum five-night stays, and you can take advantage of this Mexico vacation offer through the end of the year. The “passport” of credits — one per room, per reservation, based on double occupancy — includes one private dinner for two in the Gem Spa ($300 value), two hydrotherapy rituals ($170 value), one champagne breakfast for two ($50 value), a $100 credit for a beach cabana set up, and lots more.
Valid for Travel: Book through December 2014.
Info & Reservations:
MEXICO TRAVEL TIPS: ¡Delicioso! Hot New Restaurants in Cancun, Riviera Maya & Los Cabos

HE Travel & Alyson Adventures
Offer: Happy Valentine’s Day
What It Is: In honor of Valentine’s Day, this international gay tour operator is offering a $200 discount for traveling companion’s registrations, and a $100 discount off the single supplement for solo travelers. Upcoming Latin America tours include “Hiking the Inca Trail: A Gay Machu Picchu Tour,” departing in June and priced at $3,998, a “Gay Easter Island Tour,” departing for Chile in July and priced at $2,598, a “Gay Galapagos Wildlife Adventure Tour,” departing for Ecuador in July and priced at $4,948 and a “Machu Picchu Luxury Tour: Gay Peru Tour,” departing in July and priced at $5,298. Use promo code VALENTINES when making reservations.
Valid for Travel: Book by February 14, 2014 for travel throughout the year.
Info & Reservations:
GAY TRAVEL TIPS: Top 5 Gay Travel Destinations in Latin America

Costa Rican Vacations
Costa Rica
Offer: Pay for 5, Stay for 7 Romance Package
What It Is: Tour operator Costa Rican Vacations is offering a seven-night getaway in Costa Rica for the price of five nights, which is a 20% savings — about $780. The package includes all local airport and ground transfers, three nights in the Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa hotel at the Arenal Volcano (with buffet breakfast, shuttle service and entrance to the Titoku Hot Springs included), and four nights in Playas del Coco at Villa Buena Onda, including breakfast, lunch and dinner during the stay. Rates start at $2,700 based on double occupancy.
Valid for Travel: April 1 to June 30, 2014, excluding Easter week.
Info & Reservations:
COSTA RICA TRAVEL TIPS: Marriott’s Dennis Whitelaw on the Best Costa Rica Travel Experiences

Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Offer: Retreat to the Heat
What It Is: Discounted hotel rates at Starwood’s Caribbean hotels, with room rates in Puerto Rico starting at $199 for the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino (valid through April 30, 2014 when booking three nights, including a $75 resort credit), $259 at the W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island (through August 2, 2014 when booking three nights, with fourth night free and a $100 resort credit) and $404 at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort (through April 19, 2014 when booking five nights, with the sixth night free and a $200 resort credit).
Valid for Travel: See dates above for each property.
Info & Reservations:
PUERTO RICO TRAVEL TIPS: Weekend Vacation — 3 Perfect Days in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Towers
Panama City, Panama
Offer: Indulge with Latin Romance
What It Is: This romance package in Panama features two nights in a Deluxe Ocan View room, welcome champagne on arrival, breakfast for two daily (continental breakfast in room or buffet breakfast at BARcelona Restaurant), a three-course dinner at the hotel’s Tejas restaurant, a 50-minute couples massage, roundtrip airport transportation and more. Rates start at $485 for a minimum stay of two nights. NOTE: The Trump Ocean Club won the award for “Best Hotel Pool in Panama City.” Read my full review of the Trump Ocean Club here.
Valid for Travel: Through July 25, 2014.
Info & Reservations:
PANAMA TRAVEL TIPS: A guide to Panama City’s Best Bars & Nightlife (PHOTOS)

Cancun, Riviera Maya and Los Cabos, Mexico
Offer: Spring travel special
What It Is: Journese, a luxury tour operator division of Pleasant Holidays, is offering savings of up to $3,900 in suite categories in three Mexico beach destinations, plus free access to a VIP lounge in at the Cancun airport. Sample packages include a five-night vacation at Grand Velas Riviera Maya from $2,705 per person, double occupancy, including a $50 spa credit per person, per stay, up to two children age 12 and younger stay free, private transfers, roundtrip air from Los Angeles and a future travel credit for up to $500.
Valid for Travel: Bookings made by February 28, 2014, for travel March 1 to June 15, 2014.
Info & Reservations:
MEXICO TRAVEL TIPS: Exotic Travel & Luxury Vacations: 5 Ways to Live it Up in Mexico

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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