Last updated: 11:00 PM ET, Tue March 15 2016

Where to Save on Spring and Summer Travel

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | March 15, 2016

Where to Save on Spring and Summer Travel

PHOTO: Puerto Rico (Photo by Brian Major)

A new study by HometoGo, a metasearch engine for vacation rentals, has revealed a few interested trends for the spring and summer when it comes to vacation rental prices in popular destinations.

Highlights of the U.S. study include the best times to take a theme park vacation, when to visit the West Coast and where the least expensive vacation rentals are during spring break.

Families interested in taking a theme park vacation in Orlando, for example, will be happy to know that the cost in the spring is about the same in the summer. According to the survey, the price holds steady at around $1,106 per week.

On the West Coast, visitors are definitely going to see a cost increase in the summer. Most likely because the beaches haven’t quite warmed to their full potential, there are big savings in the spring. Families wanting to check out Anaheim, California, will save 58 percent (approximately $750) if they go during spring break.

In the south, it’s the opposite. There are big savings on vacation rentals during the summertime. Visitors to historic Charleston, S.C., save 14 percent on travel during the summer break versus the springtime.

Like Orlando, an island escape in Hawaii is going to set travelers back about the same amount in the spring as in the summer. Prices for peak season travel to Hawaii hold steady at around $1,255.

READ MORE: Expedia Releases 2016 Spring Break Airline Ticket Trends

When to Save in Mexico

The study expanded beyond the U.S. and revealed when to save in Mexico as well.

Summer vacations are when visitors will see the most savings in Mexico in comparison to spring travel – but not by too much. Travelers will only save about 6 percent traveling in the summertime.

Tulum is Mexico’s least expensive seasonal destination. Visitors can find a vacation rental for around $950 per week.

Puerto Vallarta has the most fluctuation between the spring and the summer. An early visit will set you back approximately $1,180 and in the summer, rentals average around $1,052 per week.

Savings in the Caribbean

Head to San Juan for big savings on a Caribbean getaway. The Puerto Rican city is the least expensive option for vacation rentals on the island with averages around $925 per week in the summer, which is the most affordable time to visit.

The popular family travel destination of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is the opposite of Puerto Rico – this is where you want to head in the springtime as summer pricing can rise by 23 percent.

For real savings in the D.R., head to less-frequented destinations sucha s Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo. Prices average around $550 per week throughout the warmer months.


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