When planning a Caribbean getaway, it may seem like a daunting, expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. Airbnb has changed the travel industry completely, allowing travelers to enjoy a budget-friendly Caribbean vacation by booking small bungalows and apartments on other people’s properties. Often meaning you’ll have a more immersive experience, you may just fall in love with this clever way to travel on a dime. Be sure to calculate in cleaning fees that can range up to $50, but even still, these affordable Airbnbs in the Caribbean are an absolute steal.
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Casa Cruz B - Walk to Beach - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Near San Juan’s picturesque beaches and budget-friendly? While prices vary, this cozy apartment stays in a completely affordable range, while having private walkways and personal outdoor space. Beaches and grocery stores are easily within walking distance so you’ll have access to all you need for an easy, relaxing vacay.
Gloria's Cabin by the Pool - Guanica, Puerto Rico
Located in the María Antonia neighborhood of Guánica Puerto Rico, this teeny tiny guest house is a secondary building on the owner’s property. Sitting right up against a beautiful circular pool, you can dive in just as you step out the doors. Authentic experiences are at your fingertips, as the property is right within a traditional hub. This personal Puerto Rican oasis can temporarily be yours.
Agua Azul Beach House - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Lovely airy decor welcomes frugal guests looking for an escape in Punta Cana, which also happens to be a stone’s throw from turquoise waters. Comfortable and well equipped, the Mediterranean geared guesthouse is located in a lively little area with plenty of shops and restaurants, and also includes a private pool.
Sanctuary With Lagoon & Mountain View - Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Everything is very fluid in this open, modern, wood-accented home in Cabarete. Located right on a lagoon, a canoe has been left for guests to use for exploring the surrounding area, even caves. It’s an inexpensive destination, but gorgeous none the less—in 15 minutes travelers can reach downtown or the beach, or you could hop on a moto-taxi for a dollar. And here’s the real kicker, the large home, although lacking in traditional bedrooms, can sleep five guests.
Rustic Charm Private Suites - Nassau, Bahamas
These cozy rooms are lovely and welcoming, with modern chic furnishings and decor. If you’re going to stay on the main part of Nassau, rather than the more tourist-oriented paradise island over the bridge, this is a quieter neighborhood where you can unwind. The price is significantly cheaper than the island’s luxury resorts, so if you know the Nassau area well enough to traverse it solo, it’s a good pick.
Chic Studio Apartment with Private Terrace - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
From detailed tile work in the bathroom to an unbelievable rooftop wooden deck with snug lounging space, this place in Santo Domingo is an absolute stunner. It’s a steal, but keep in mind the cleaning fee, which still has you well under $100. Right next to Mirador Sur Park, the location is peaceful and offers easy access to the beach. It’s important to note this is an Airbnb Plus property, which has to meet tight standards to be deemed worthy of this title.
Crown Villas Oceanview + Jacuzzi - Kralendijk, Bonaire
The open floor plan of this bungalow screams Caribbean and meshes guests with the tropical setting effortlessly. Owners describe the experience as “pure”, and by the looks of it, that description is perfect. Relax in the jacuzzi while gazing toward the ocean, or take your host up on the offered sailing trips. The only problem is that this slice of paradise in Kralendijk of the Caribbean Netherlands books out far in advance, so plan ahead if you want this steal of a luxury vacation spot under $100.
Drews Escape - Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Authentic to the core, this traditional island hut has luxury upgrades to ensure a flawless stay. Immerse into the Jamaican culture while lounging in hammocks amongst palms, all nearby Treasure Beach. Close to places to eat and shop, this is what many envision as the perfect island property—real, naturalistic yet lavish in its own way.
Bungalow Quartier - Le François, Martinique
Your own small bungalow right near the multi-hued waters of Le Marin, Martinique, guests can reach the lagoon in just around 2 minutes. Paragliding is a popular excursion of choice in the area. The host here is super accommodating, offering breakfast on certain days and other highly hospitable touches.
"Endless Summer" Sea View Apartment - Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe
With lounging areas offering crisp ocean views, spa-like bathrooms and multi-leveled space to spread out, more than a handful of friends can pitch in for the pad. Trust us, the views at this Le Gosier, Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe House is totally worth it.
Oceanfront Coastal 1 Bedroom - Barbados (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Charming, simplistic but with everything you need, this small apartment may seal the deal on that Barbados trip. Just spacious enough, the patio is the place you’ll find yourself the most. Surfing is the sport of choice at Atlantic Shores and Silver Sands, but beach lounging is totally acceptable. Restaurants are right there, just a short walk away, as well as the Famous Oistins Fish Market.