If you think a cheap Caribbean vacation is an oxymoron, think again, as there are a number of fantastically inexpensive options that will allow you to stick to your budget while still enjoying an unforgettable tropical escape.
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NH Punta Cana, Punta Cana (Prices & Photos)
Unlike most of other Caribbean isles, the Dominican Republic is home to many huge beach properties which results in some of the most competitive rates in the entire region. NH Punta Cana sits on Bavaro Beach and offers lots of amenities, including free Wi-Fi, at incredibly low rates. While you’re here, you’ll not only be able to take part in your favorite beach activities, but enjoy day trips to places like the Casa Ponce de Leon Museum, the Cordillera Septentrional Mountains and Indigenous Eyes Park, a private nature reserve and jungle park that home to waterfalls and lagoons for swimming.
Sweet Retreat Hotel, Bequia (Prices & Photos)
Bequia is often referred to as a hidden treasure – lush, green and hilly, it’s also been called “the most perfect” of all the Caribbean isles. It’s home to Princess Margaret Beach, renowned as one of the best beaches in the region as a mostly unspoiled slice of paradise, and it’s just steps away from the quiet capital of Port Elizabeth, with its colorful wooden buildings, a few scattered beach bars and eateries. Here you’ll find outstanding best places for snorkeling, as well as ideal spots for enjoy a relaxing snooze underneath the palm and sea grape trees. Sweet Retreat Hotel makes it possible to enjoy all of this at a budget-friendly price. The intimate property hosts just five individual rooms, each with beautiful views of Lower Bay beach and yacht-filled Admiralty Bay.
Siesta Hotel, Grenada (Prices & Photos)
Grenada is often overlooked, which makes it not only a bargain for those who do visit, but a destination where you’ll be unlikely to have to battle the crowds. St. George’s harbor is one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean, and its myriad of colors are gorgeously reflected in the clear, turquoise waters. While you won’t find lots of glitzy resorts, you will discover more intimate, affordable properties like Siesta Hotel. This spa hotel offers the chance to pamper yourself with massages, body treatments, and facials along with easy access to Grand Anse Beach.
Bel-Air Collection Resort and Spa, Cancun (Prices & Photos)
Cancun is easily reached from the U.S. via many inexpensive flight options, and there are lots of cheap accommodation to be found on the outskirts of town. Here you can take advantage of the postcard-perfect beaches, thriving nightlife, and popular destinations nearby like artsy Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Cozumel as well as ancient Mayan ruins. Bel-Air Collection Resort and Spa overlooks a breathtaking beach and is an especially tranquil adults-only property. It boasts an alluring infinity pool with ocean views, a fabulous spa and rooms that are chic, albeit with little frills. Of course, you’ll probably be spending most your time outdoors anyway.
ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica (Prices & Photos)
This beachfront all-inclusive resort is one of the best bargains in the Caribbean, located on Jamaica’s western tip in Negril. It sits right on the beach, although one of the most popular places for guests to hang out is on the umbrella-shaded loungers that surrounded its two huge swimming pools, both of which are over 3,000 square feet. It tends to attract those who are looking to get wild, with complimentary mini-bars and liquor dispensers in all 420 guest rooms that are regularly restocked. The resort’s Pacha nightclub gets guests up on their feet and dancing the night away to great reggae, and when a little solitude is needed, tranquility can be found in the solarium terrace.
Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, Montego Bay (Prices & Photos)
If you’re hoping to escape the winter blues, you’ve probably noticed that many of the Caribbean islands are a lot more expensive in the wintertime, but Montego Bay in Jamaica is one of the few reasonably priced spots to stay during high season, from about mid-January through early April. Accommodations can be as low as $30 a night, and there are even a number of high-quality all-inclusive options that offer a very good value, like the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach. This all-you-can-drink mega-resort that crushes its competition, is renowned for its outstanding cuisine, liquor, service and activities, which include free scuba tours.
Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Barbados (Prices & Photos)
Not only is getting to Barbados cheaper than ever, thanks to JetBlue’s direct route from Boston, which decreased the average airfare to the island, reasonable resort rates can be had too, including Bouganvillea Beach Resort, a Mediterranean-style resort on its south coast. All rooms have either a kitchen or kitchenette, making it easy to save on meals, and guests can also dine at one of two waterfront eateries. The property also has a fitness center, spa, kids’ club and offers water sports.