While nearly everyone under the sun knows that a Caribbean vacation will create priceless memories, many of us still aren’t hip to the fact that a trip doesn’t have to leave you penniless. Yes, while there are certainly plenty of resplendent resorts at luxurious locales ideal for splashing out, there are also plenty of affordable Caribbean vacation locations out there and we’ve selected five of our favorites we think you’ll love on a budget.
Located near the southern end of the Caribbean Sea, Curaçao also sits at the bottom end of the price list. This gorgeous Dutch island is as affordable as they come (thanks to its frequent air connections), and is home to plenty of quality budget-friendly hotels. Most people take their savings and go diving underwater with it, as the island is home to dozens of coves crawling with colorful sea life, and since Curaçao sits below the Hurricane Belt, you can book those ‘super-saver’ September shoulder season trips with plenty of peace of mind.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Long a favorite of North American holidaymakers, the Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, and Cozumel) quite simply has it all. The beaches are perfect, the food is fantastic, the nightlife is great, and, well, the prices are low. The availability of cheap flights to Cancun takes the entire region down a notch in cost, and every type of hotel and all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya is consistently lower than most of the Caribbean counterparts. Even if you do splurge on an activity like diving or a day trip to an ancient Mayan ruin, you won’t break the bank.
Home to a small handful of affordable Caribbean vacation hotspots, the Dominican Republic is a dream come true for budgets. Punta Cana and La Romana rival Cancun as far as affordable all-inclusives are concerned, and the beaches at both resorts are just as powder-perfect. We also love the kitesurfing haven of Puerto Plata on the north side of the island and the laid back Samana Peninsula, as both areas are full of both beautiful landscapes and hidden budget-friendly gems.
Known the world over for its vibrant culture, culinary delights, and sensational stretches of beach, Jamaica is the most quintessentially Caribbean of islands. Not all resorts here are created equally budget-friendly, but thanks in part to a long history of bohemian vibes on its shores, Negril is the epitome of affordable Caribbean vacation hotspots. Home to the sugar-white Seven Mile Beach and more cheerful hotels than you can shake your sunscreen at, your savings will make happy hour at one of Negril’s signature sunset bars even sweeter.
Reachable by plenty of cheap flights from the East Coast of the U.S. things start light on your wallet in Puerto Rico and stay that way for the duration of your stay. Whether you choose to explore the historic cobbled streets of San Juan or hang ten in surfer mecca Rincon, hotels in Puerto Rico are priced well below average for the Caribbean and you’ll typically be pleasantly surprised at the quality.
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