Chances are this very rainy, hazy start to summer in New York has given you a serious case of wanderlust.
If the closest thing to a getaway you've had lately is gazing longingly at the crystal blue water on the screensaver of your office computer, we have good news for you.
June is the best month to book a Caribbean vacation, according to Lindsay Sakraida of dealnews.com.
"Technically, June is considered to be the beginning of the Caribbean's hurricane season," she writes. "But, unlike the later months, it's far less likely to experience tropical storms. Still, there is the chance of bad weather, which means vacation packages and cruises in the area are much cheaper."
We've rounded up some cheap Caribbean escapes, plus other deals this week to help you plan a real summer vacation on a budget.
At CheapCaribbean.com, score a three-night flight and hotel package for two at Puerto Rico's Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza hotel starting at $399 for August travel dates.
At LivingSocial.com, save 52 percent on an all-inclusive four night stay for two adults in a deluxe suite at Privilege Aluxes, a resort on Isla Mujeres, an island 20 minutes by ferry to Cancun, Mexico. For $799, you get three meals a day, a daily refilled mini-bar, a 50-minute couple's massage and more.
At Orbitz.com, save up to 50 percent on hotels in select big cities including Miami, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco and more when you book by 12 p.m. Wednesday. Plus, save an additional 15 percent with promo code SUNFUN15.
At TravelZoo.com, save 60 percent on a night at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods four-star casino resort in Connecticut, on sale for $89 for Sunday through Thursday nights until June 20.
At JetSetter.com, find deals on a selection of luxury Paris apartments, whether you're looking for artsy digs in a Marais garden or a chic pad in St. Germain. Book by midnight June 16.
At ShermansTravel.com, find roundtrip American Airlines flights to the Caribbean from major U.S. cities for as low as $208.40, all taxes included, when you book by Wednesday.