By Jay Lloyd

CANEEL BAY, V.I. (CBS) — This weekend we welcome the first day of summer in the Delaware Valley, prime time for beachgoers, hikers, and bicyclists.

Which makes it off-season somewhere else.  And that gives us an opportunity to recall a fantasy getaway of yesteryear, with its bargain-basement price.

There’s a magnetic lure to the Caribbean: lazy days, perhaps sailing over coral waters under a blue sky.  Or maybe zoning out at a beach bar, in a hammock, a cold beer in hand.

It’s the stuff of fantasies.

 

(This beach bar in the Caribbean provides a hammock for its customers to relax in.  Photo by Richard Maloney)

(This beach bar in the Caribbean provides a hammock for its customers to relax in. Photo by Jay Lloyd)

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But it comes with a grinding price tag if you go in winter — “in season.”

But now, as spring migrates into summer, prices drop on everything in the Caribbean, including charter sailboats (with a skipper if you don’t know how to sail, or without if you do), hotel rooms, and cruise line packages.

But how’s the weather, you ask?  Barring a hurricane, which usually allows for cancellation of your reservations, there might be a bit of rain and lighter winds.

In Aruba, the weather is constant year-round.  Having lived in St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda, I can attest to the fact that there isn’t a season in the Caribbean that doesn’t produce fun.

And the next few months are much more affordable!

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