With the kids out of school and long days of warm weather beckoning, taking a vacation might be on the minds of many.

In fact, a record-breaking 46.9 million people are planning to travel at least 50 miles away from home this July 4 for Independence Day, according to AAA. That's up 5 percent from a year ago and the highest it's been in the 18 years the group has been tracking travel for that holiday.

Here are a few favorites that are just a flight away! 

Marriott Resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico

As if smaller crowds, lower room rates (and flights!) and the warm ocean breeze weren’t reason enough to book it to the beach this summer, several Marriott hotels in the Caribbean and Mexico are offering travelers resort bucks — up to $100 per night —  to eat, drink or spa their summer days away. With rates as low as $209 per night (at the Marriott Cancun Resort), paradise is within reach.

The Summer Escape package includes premium accommodations and up to $100 daily resort credit at seven properties across Mexico and the Caribbean, valid to book through July 31 for stays through Dec 22, 2018.

Resort credit and minimum night stay vary by property.

• Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino:  $25 daily credit
• Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort:  $75 daily credit 
• JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa: $100 daily credit 
• Marriott Cancun Resort: $100 daily credit 
• Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa: $50 daily credit 
• Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino: $50 daily credit
• St. Kitts Royal Resort:  $25 daily credit

To book visit www.marriott.com and use promo code ZX0.

Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami 

Situated just 20 minutes from Miami International Airport, Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami is a 10-story glass tower built atop a historic façade in spring of 2016 and brings a modern touch to the Art Deco roots of South Beach. The 105-room hotel is the first Hyatt Centric property to arrive in the area and is conveniently located in the heart of South Beach, surrounded by a number of restaurants and shops and just walking distance to the beach and the famed Lincoln Road. Designed to fully immerse travelers in all Miami has to offer, guests have access to the award-winning Exhale Spa across the street, Joe & The Juice coffee shop and Drybar Salon. Not to be missed, is the rooftop pool and indoor-outdoor patio lounge DECK Sixteen, serving Spanish- Mediterranean cuisine. 

Summer is the best time to take advantage of Miami's lavish hotel inventory, and with rates at their lowest, modern explorers can spend their hard-earned staycation dollars on the ultimate rooftop pool experience in Miami Beach. At The Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami, guests can begin their day with complimentary yoga by Exhale Spa, offered every Saturday morning from 9:00am - 10:00am at the pool deck. Then after a quick morning sweat session, indulge with the Centric Poolside Package (offered daily from sunrise to sunset), which has all the makings of the best pool day ever.

• $40 bottles of wine, prosecco and rosé
• Happy hour prices all day long
• 50% off the pool menu
• Discounted Bloody Marys, Sangrias, and Mojitos.

For further information, please call (305) 428-1234 or visit https://southbeachmiami.centric.hyatt.com and book with the concierge at the lobby on the third floor. 

Jungle Escape at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel

A short drive away from the magnificent ruins of Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is offering three nights for the price of two for travel in September and October 2018. Rates start at $630 for a three-night stay in a Waterfront Queen Suite (normally $945 for a three-night stay).


Price includes accommodations for up to two adults and two children (each with a private deck and jacuzzi overlooking the lagoon and surrounding greenery), daily continental breakfast, and a boat tour to nearby Monkey Island for a meet and greet with wild, yet friendly monkeys of the jungle. 

Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel offers 19 bungalow suites. The property is spread across more than 300 acres of lush, private reserve and in part, a conservation of Guatemala’s native species. 

To book, visit www.laslagunashotel.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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