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Seven Sweet Spots For Spring Savings (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/27/2012 7:00 am

Spring has sprung across the United States -- and for those with cabin fever after a long winter's nap, it's time to travel.

While some folks take their spring break in March or over Easter, we're here to tell you that the best deals in spring can actually be found in late April and early May, the weeks between Easter and Memorial Day.

At many popular destinations, this period is referred to as shoulder season. It's between peak season -- when rates are sky-high and crowds are plentiful -- and off season -- when rates are rock-bottom low but the weather might be less-than-ideal. Shoulder season offers up the best of both worlds: reasonable rates, decent weather and smaller crowds.

Let's have a look at seven sweet spots to save this spring.

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The Carolinas, Texas Gulf Coast, Monterey Peninsula and Jersey Shore are all popular summer destinations, and hotel rates reflect that after Memorial Day. But in April and May, the season is just ramping up -- and while the ocean waves may still be a bit chilly, never underestimate the recuperative power of sand between the toes and listening to crashing surf on uncrowded beaches. You may even get lucky with the weather and get a head start on the tan.

Hotel rates in popular destinations such as Myrtle Beach, S.C., South Padre, Monterey and Atlantic City can be 50% less than those expected in the summer months.

Tip: We've even seen deals that include weekend stays, which is a rare find any time of year.
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