It’s not too late to think about some “Get Me Outta Here’’ destinations for the Labor Day holiday. For some people, it’s the last big fling of the summer; for others, it’s the beginning of the Fall travel season. Either way, the Labor Day weekend is a good excuse to leave the house.
Here are some destinations ideas:
This bustling Southern Caribbean island is gaining in popularity and should be on everyone’s “must visit’’ list. Curacao’s popular North Sea Jazz festival (now in its sixth year), which will feature performances by John Legend, Enrique Iglesias, Wyclef Jean, Lionel Richie, Usher, and others (www.curacaonorthseajazz.com/en/). During this weekend, travelers can take advantage of the Rock & Relax package at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, which in addition to AAA 4-Diamond Accommodations, also includes daily breakfast, transportation to and from the festival venue, as well as the resort’s on-site amenities, ranging from guided meditation hikes to snorkeling or golfing (www.santabarbararesortcuracao.com).
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa (Jupiter, FL)
Located on 1,000 feet of secluded Atlantic beach in trendy North Palm Beach County, the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is a fun tropical retreat. Guests can tap (pardon the pun) into the local bar scene by booking the “Beach, Brews & Selfies” package, and discover popular watering holes along Jupiter’s exclusive “Ale Trail,” such as Guanabanas, U-Tiki, Square Grouper and The Sandbar – Jupiter’s only true beachside bar. Starting at $200 per night, the “Beach, Brews & Selfies” package comes with a one night stay, breakfast for two, a voucher for one beer flight tasting at Sinclair’s Lounge, and a welcome amenity including a map with local brew stops, a Jupiter Beach Resort koozie, and a selfie-stick. The package is good through Sept. 30 (www.jupiterbeachresort.com).
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center (Massachusetts)
For families seeking a budget-friendly and peaceful getaway for the whole family this Labor Day, Massachusetts’ Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, is a great option. This 203-room historic property that was once the home of the American Optical Company in the 1800s, is within an hour’s drive of Boston, Hartford, and Providence, R.I., and offers some great nearby activities, including hiking trails, apple orchards, breweries, and more. Travelers can take advantage of the property’s Family Fun Package over Labor Day, which includes accommodations for three, milk and cookies upon arrival, three passes to Old Sturbridge Village (one of New England’s must see attractions), daily breakfast, and more for only $170/per person for three people (www.southbridgehotel.com).
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa (Cancun, Mexico)
Guests can get one more summer hurrah with the whole family this Labor Day weekend when you book the A Kid’s Life Package, which, in a way, puts the kids in charge of their Cancun getaway. Receive oceanfront accommodations with guaranteed connected rooms when you book more than one room, plus a beach tote per child filled with beach vacation essentials, such as sunscreen, sunglasses, toys, and ice cream vouchers (www.jwmarriottcancun.com). Enjoy daily access to the Kid’s Club for kids ages 4-12, which features activities include Spanish lessons, piñata making, sushi rolling, sand castle building and arts and crafts. With a $50 spa credit per room, head to the resort’s 30,000 square foot, top-rated spa for parent and kiddie R&R, where little ones can be pampered with treatments like “Mayan Princess For A Day” or the “Ice Cream Pedicure.” Rates start at $324 and are good through Oct. 31.