Taking your entire family on vacation can be costly, but these more affordable options may make that escape you’ve been dreaming of more doable.
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Breezes Resort & Spa, Nassau, Bahamas (Prices & Photos)
Less than an hour by plane from Miami, not only can you frequently score cheap Bahamas flights, but staying at the Breezes Resort & Spa is an outstanding budget alternative to all of those pricey all-inclusive resorts that average $500 or more a night. Guests have access to a wide range of amenities for less than half that price, and there is no tipping allowed either. You’ll find three outdoor pools, a swim-up bar with submerged seating, and get direct access to the unspoiled white sands of Cable Beach. Nightly entertainment, sailing, rock climbing and more are all included, and there are five dining options, including a diverse buffet and a la carte options, along with four bars.
Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Trinidad & Tobago (Prices & Photos)
The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, set among a virgin mangrove forest and lush tropical vegetation, offers the ultimate escape to paradise at a more affordable price. It includes lots of family-friendly features, like three large swimming pools and an activity-packed kids’ club where little ones will have the chance to learn about Tobago’s green, leatherback and hawksbill turtles. A free shuttle will bring you to popular Pigeon Point beach, while the complimentary buffet breakfast offers lots of tasty hot items, including an omelet station. Rooms feature ocean view balconies and even marble baths, along with numerous dining and drinking options, including a piano bar and a coffee shop.
El Cozumeleno Beach Resort, Cozumel, Mexico (Prices & Photos)
Cozumel is considered one of the Western Hemisphere’s top diving destinations. If you want to explore this spectacular underwater world without shelling out an arm and a leg, El Cozumeleno, facing the Caribbean Sea directly on a white sand beach, is an affordable all-inclusive resort that can help make that a reality. The spacious rooms feature terraces and balconies with garden or sea views, while you’ll probably be spending most of your time in the water, diving, swimming and snorkeling. There are five swimming pools too, including one with the swim-up bar.
Waterside Inn, Chincoteague Island, Virginia (Prices & Photos)
Waterside Inn offers you the chance to soak up the laid-back vibes of this small, serene island off the Virginia coast that’s home to wild ponies, foxes and more than 320 species of birds. If you time your visit right, you can watch the wild horses swim across the channel during the annual Pony Swim, which typically occurs in late July. The Waterside Inn is an ideal place to base your stay, with cheap room rates and a family atmosphere. It hosts its own pier for fishing an crabbing, a marina and a seasonal outdoor heated pool that overlooks Chincoteague Channel.
Kelly Inn West Yellowstone, West Yellowstone, Montana (Prices & Photos)
Yellowstone is a massive, nearly 4,000-square-mile park that is home to fascinating geothermal features, including hot springs, mud pots and geysers, than anywhere else on Earth. Here you can be mesmerized by the most famous, Old Faithful, which shoots steam as high as 185 feet into the sky every 90 minutes, along with many other lesser-known geysers, mud pots and brilliant multi-colored hot springs like Grand Prismatic Spring, named for its striking array of colors that match the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism of orange, yellow, red, green and blue. The park is also famous for its wildlife, with an abundance of bison, elk and Bighorn sheep, along with wolves and bears. By staying just outside the park, you’ll find multiple budget-friendly options, like Kelly Inn West Yellowstone just a 10-minute walk or complimentary shuttle from Yellowstone National Park. The rustic rooms and suites feature pine-log furniture, flat-screen TVs and pillowtop mattresses, while upgrade rooms have pull-out sofas. Unwind with a dip in the indoor pool or relax in the hot tub and sauna.
Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging, Cape Hatteras Island, North Carolina (Prices & Photos)
Cape Hatteras Island offers a budget-friendly beach vacation, with a multitude of tranquil stretches of sand to relax on as well as the chance to enjoy more active pursuits like scuba diving, surfing, standup paddle boarding and fishing. You can stroll the pristine shore, search for seashells and other treasures, then visit Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, one of the most famous lighthouses in the United States. Stay at the highly-rated and inexpensive Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging, where you’ll find cozy rooms with mini-fridges, cable TV and coffeemakers, while upgraded rooms include furnished decks with lighthouse views and kitchenettes. Soak up the sunshine at the private beach, then enjoy the on-site pool, sundeck and hot tub.
Riu Palace Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Prices & Photos)
Although this Playa del Carmen hotel includes “liquor drips” with free tequila right in your hotel room, it’s not a destination for spring breakers, as no parties are allowed in rooms and no wild partying can happen on the property either. It does, however, offer a memorable vacation at a budget price, surrounded by tropical palms on a beautiful powdery white sand beach. The buffet restaurant serves up a wide variety of dishes, while themed international restaurants and live cooking shows are included in the all-inclusive packages. You can also swim in the freshwater pool set right next to the sea and indulge in pampering treatments and massages at Renova Spa. Entertainment is offered daily and includes dancing, live music and shows.
Highland Center Lodge, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire (Prices & Photos)
The White Mountains are considered the crown jewel of New Hampshire. They’re home to the highest peak in the Northeast and filled with pristine lakes and a dense forest. By staying at the American Mountain Club’s rustic Highland Center Lodge, you’ll have access to all types of activities, including guided hikes to the Presidential peaks while learning about the area’s geology, nature and picking up some outdoor skills. Make a splash in the pools underneath Arethusa or Ripley Falls, or go rock climbing at nearby Frankenstein Cliffs. The lodge itself serves hearty home-cooked meals that will refuel you for more adventures, with all meals included in the room rates,