Retreat to Puerto Rico's west coast with specials through the peak winter season and into spring.
The western region (also known as Porta del Sol, or "Gateway to the Sun") offers pristine beaches, spectacular land and sea wildlife, some of the Caribbean's best surfing spots and fewer crowds than the island's well-known resort areas.
This is where the locals vacation -- a hidden-gem locale where a rental car is helpful and "it's easy to find a stretch of shoreline all to yourself" (Frommer's).
Fly directly into Aguadilla or Ponce, or rent a car in San Juan and take the 90-minute drive along the northern coastline. Travelers take note: A U.S. passport is not required to visit Puerto Rico.