Hotels on the Outer Banks of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been filling up for years, and now they’re coming out of a lull.
In addition to the usual group vacation packages, people are also booking for groups of more than two.
Many of those groups are now looking to stay at hotels in the Inner Banks, Outer Banks and the Virgin Islands, said Sarah Schmitt, the owner of New Jersey-based travel booking site, Booking.com.
Booking.net has seen a significant spike in reservations since January.
Schmitt said many people are now going to groups of six or eight instead of the traditional three or four.
“I’ve seen a lot more people coming to the Outer Bays for a week or two instead of just one, and I’m seeing more people booking for four people, so I think that’s definitely happening,” Schmitt told ABC News.
She said the increase is mainly due to a rise in people looking to save money.
“There’s a big push out there, and there are also a lot of people looking for more flexibility in how they can spend the money,” she said.
While many hotels have been booked for the holidays, the Outer banks, which are not connected to the mainland, have not been a popular spot for vacationing.
“The Outer Banks are the perfect place for vacation families because it’s not connected, there’s so much to see and do, it’s so remote, and the Outer Islands is also close to New Jersey and New York,” Schmit said.
“People who go to the Virgin Isles want to do it for a month or two, but the Outer Bank is like three weeks away,” she added.
Schmitt said she has had a number of people book for four days or more, including a woman from California who is from a town about 10 miles away.
“She’s been in the Outer Cities for a while, and she’s looking to spend some time on the Island,” Schmetts said.
Schmit said she expects some of the tourists looking to book for the Outerbanks will be looking to do so for longer.
“If you’ve got kids, you might want to book the entire Outer Banks for a few days,” she explained.
Hotel prices vary from island to island, and many hotels are offering discounts.
In the Outer Bahamas, for example, the hotel rates are currently $2,300 per night, but that can go up as low as $1,100 per night.
In the Outer Palau Islands, the price is $2.75 per night and the rates can go as low a $2 per night as well.
“Some of the islands, like the Outer Virgin Islands and Outer Palaus, they’re cheaper than other islands,” Schmett said.
The Outer Backs, the northernmost parts of the Outer Ocean, have long been known as a hotspot for tropical tourism, with resorts, restaurants and other attractions on the island.
There are also numerous small islands to visit along the shore.
Hotels in the Caribbean have also been a hotspots for years.
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