Run to the Sun! Orbitz’ Super Sand & Sea Sale is Caribbean Hot!

‘The Orbitz Insider Index’ Unveils the Top Caribbean Island Vacation Spots and ‘Staff Picks’ for Winter 2006

CHICAGO, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Throw out that bulky sweater, run to the drug store for some SPF 30 sun tan lotion and break out your swim suit, because Orbitz ( — the faster, easier way to find the trip you want — today announced the launch of its 2006 Super Sand & Sea Sale and released the fifth edition of The Orbitz Insider Index, reporting on the top Caribbean island destinations for American sun seekers this winter!

The 2006 Super Sand & Sea Sale, supported by a newly developed Orbitz television advertisement with famed game show host, Wink Martindale, makes its easy for every customer to win at the travel game by finding that perfect Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii or Cruise vacation during the cold months ahead.

The exclusive offers* available to Orbitz customers include:

— Sandals Resorts** — $175 Resort Credit

— Couples Only Ultra All Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

— Beaches Resorts** — $175 Resort Credit

— Family-friendly Ultra All Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

— Dreams Resorts*** — $100.00 Resort Credit

— Luxurious All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico

— Free MP3 Player****

– When booking a qualifying cruise using an Am Ex card. Cruise Line Bonus Offers as specified by each cruise line. See for details.

For more information, Orbitz customers can visit:

The Orbitz Insider Index is a monthly, in-depth look at travel trends from an industry insider’s perspective. Whether looking for a quick sunny getaway or an extended break from the snow and short days, Orbitz has its finger on the pulse of the travel industry with insider information that will melt away the winter blues.

“This is the prime time for travel to warm weather destinations and Orbitz has negotiated special deals & exclusive offers to provide customers with tremendous value,” said Heather Leisman, director of merchandizing for Orbitz. “ looked at advanced bookings to determine which Caribbean Islands destinations are the most popular for a tropical retreat. And with great deals in the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii, as well as fantastic cruise offers, now is the time to book.”

Caribbean Island Hotspots

The Orbitz Insider Index reviews an aggregate mix of future bookings (flight and hotel) on, indicating significant destination and departure trend information within the data. The most popular Caribbean island destinations according to The Orbitz Insider Index are

The Orbitz Insider Index
Top 10 Caribbean Island Destinations

1 Puerto Rico

2 Bahamas

3 St. Thomas

4 Dominican Republic

5 Jamaica

6 Aruba

7 St. Maarten

8 British Virgin Islands

9 St. Croix

10 Barbados

Orbitz Staff Insider Picks — Caribbean Islands

In order to help travelers plan the perfect vacation, Orbitz released its “Staff Insider Picks” for Caribbean island destinations. This list of outstanding locations can have travelers gazing at colorful coral reefs or climbing giant waterfalls, depending upon their fancy.

“Best Scuba Island” — Turks & Caicos

Looking for a truly exhilarating diving experience? Then the Turks & Caicos Islands offer the perfect underwater spots. Featuring majestic coral reefs and stunning 6,000 foot vertical wall drop-offs, diving in these waters treats adventurers to some of the most beautiful underwater scenery in the Caribbean. These warm waters feature friendly tropical fish, sea turtles, stingrays and a variety of reef sharks that are sure to excite and amaze.

“Best Beaches Island” — Barbados

Featuring warm white sands, Barbados is the perfect destination when looking to relax the day away on the beach. All the beautiful beaches in Barbados are (by law) available to the public, even the beaches in front of large hotels and resorts. Whether travelers prefer calm seas or the roar of large ocean waves, Barbados has a beach for everyone. If you do plan to go to Barbados, be sure to bring swim trunks, there are no nude beaches on this island!

“Best Gaming Island” — Aruba

If the ringing of slot machines and the allure of a big jackpot get your blood pumping fast, Aruba is the island destination for you! Aruba has a wide variety of casinos where visitors can play roulette, poker, craps, blackjack or Caribbean stud poker. Invented in Aruba in 1988, Caribbean stud poker, now played in many U.S. casinos, is a game all visitors to this island should be sure to try. If planning to visit Aruba with teenagers, take note, the legal gaming age on this island is eighteen.

“Best Natural Wonders Island” — Dominica

Known as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean,” Dominica features an abundance of rivers and waterfalls as well as the splendor of a natural rainforest. The beauty of Dominica can easily be found both on land and under the sea. Unspoiled coral reefs are a treat for divers looking to spot exotic fish. On land, Dominica has novice and expert hiking trails through a variety of lush island terrain. Visitors to this island also love to explore Morne Trois Pitons National Park and Morne Diablotin. At Morne Trois Pitons National Park adventurers can visit the “Boiling Lake” hot springs, and at Morne Diablotin, where visitors can scale to the highest peak on the island (4,747 feet) in order to take in jaw dropping views.

“Best Shopping Island” — St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas’ capital city features an area of warehouses that were constructed in the 1700′s. These warehouses, which once held rum and spices, have now been converted to sell modern-day treats such as cameras, china, jewelry, watches, designer clothing, electronics, liquor and more. Shopping here for U.S. citizens is especially sweet because every person is allowed a duty-free exemption of $1,200. When shopping in St. Thomas, be sure to keep track of docking cruise ships. Stores tend to get extremely busy while cruise ship passengers are on the island.

“Best Historic Island” — Puerto Rico

Travelers looking to come back from a sunny vacation with a bit more than a good tan, should head to the island of Puerto Rico to learn about colonial island life and a myriad of different cultures all built around “Old” San Juan. While in Puerto Rico, visitors can explore an ancient Indian ceremonial park along with Fort San Cristobal, one of the largest forts the Spanish built in the “New World.” Puerto Rico also has two architecturally dramatic Spanish churches that can be investigated as well as a variety of museums featuring everything from modern art to ancient Indian artifacts.

“Best Adventure Island” — Jamaica

From cliff diving to caving to scaling a waterfall, Jamaica has it all for the warm weather adventurer. If your idea of fun is throwing yourself off a 40-foot cliff, then visiting Negril in Jamaica is the spot for you. Negril features cliff diving that thrills visitors from head to toe. If cliff diving is just not enough excitement, try spelunking. Jamaica has over 1,100 limestone caverns that can be explored by both experienced and novice adventurers. For adventure junkies looking for another wet activity, visit Jamaica’s Dunn’s River Falls. Visitors to this natural attraction can climb the 600-foot waterfall. Featuring relaxing whirlpools and natural waterslides, this is a fun experience not to be missed.

About Orbitz:

Orbitz is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, lodging, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz has become the third largest online travel site based on gross travel bookings. On Orbitz, consumers can search more than 455 airlines, tens of thousands of lodging properties worldwide and 16 car rental companies. Orbitz was acquired by Cendant’s Travel Distribution Services division in November 2004 and is part of the Consumer Travel Americas group.

* Offers exclusive to Orbitz and its parent company Cendant.

** Book a hotel or vacation package at Sandals and Beaches Resorts for 6 nights or more and receive a $175 resort credit per room, per stay. Good for travel from Jan. 15 through June 30, 2006. Book by February 9, 2006. Offer not valid on Sandals Inn and Beaches Sandy bay.

*** Book a hotel or vacation package at Dreams Resorts for 4 or more nights and receive a $100 resort credit per room, per stay. Good for travel from Feb. 1 through March 30, 2006. Book by Feb 5, 2006.

**** Book a cruise of $2000 or more (not applicable on Carnival Cruise Lines or Norwegian Cruise Lines) with your American Express Card and receive a free MP3 Player. Earn double American Express Membership Rewards points on all bookings.

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