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Autumn is an underrated time to be in the Caribbean, including Curaçao. During this shoulder season, the Dutch island’s 35 beaches are rarely crowded, hotel rates are unbeatably low and, most importantly, the weather is divine. Whether you’re strolling cobblestone streets in the capital city, admiring an ancient fort, or diving in one of the world’s best spots, there’s an activity for every interest.
Even better news: As part of a Dare to Explore promotion, a curated collection of hotels are slashing their rates this fall, by as much as 50 percent. To be booked through various vendors like Costco Travel and Funjet Vacations, are good for travel between September 15 and December 15 -- and need to be booked by September 15.
Here's a sampling:
Blue Bay Curaçao -- home luxurious apartment-sized accommodations, an 18-hole golf course, and tennis courts -- is offering up to 25 percent off all room types. Bonus: Guests also have free access to Blue Bay Beach.
Spring for a fourth night at Kura Hulanda Village & Spa -- where the finale episode of "The Bachelorette" was filmed in 2012 -- and it’s completely free. Tip: Staying in the heart of the historic village of Willemstad, where this property is located, is very romantic and perfect for couples.
Every third night is free at Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino, an all-inclusive with unlimited drinks, 24-hour dining, live entertainment, and more. What's more, guests enjoy $200 credit that can be used toward extras like luxe spa treatments.
The family-friendly Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curaçao is offering up to 30 percent off rooms for stays of five or more nights. That's just enough time to enjoy the property's four farm-to-table restaurants, beachfront and poolside cabanas, tennis center, and spa.
Linger for a fifth night and you won't have to pay for it at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino, a fab property on six acres along Piscadera Bay. You also get a $50 daily resort credit and a $100 tour credit, which can be used at its five restaurants, casino, dive center, and more.
Offering rates up to 35 percent off, Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino gives guests access to its Infinity Beach Club, a jogging-and-fitness trail, a casino, and four restaurants for plenty of on-site fun.
In addition, American Airlines and the Curaçao Tourist Board have recently partner up to offer their own deal through September 15. Book an American Airlines Vacations getaway -- which includes airfare and lodging for trips between four and six nights -- and either earn 20,000-30,000 AAdvantage bonus miles or save an instant $200-$300. The deal is valid through December 31. Use promo codes CURBONUS for miles, and CFALL200, CFALL250 and CFALL300 for cash savings.