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The 10 Best Budget Islands in the Caribbean

Looking for a Caribbean vacation? Here’s a short overview of the islands to help you choose the one that’s perfect for your interests and your budget. Check out the 10 best budget islands in the Caribbean; see each description to know what’s good there, and why it’s good value for money.

Dominican Republic

The island is pleasant year round, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, making this island a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed vacation. Chill out on the beach, with yourself, your significant other, or your family for company, or take in a few holes on the legendary golf courses on the island. When evening comes around, there’s some happening nightlife to enjoy, and casinos to try your luck in. Getting in and out is easy, with several international airports within a convenient distance, and competition for the tourist trade means low hotel prices as well as cheaper restaurants and attractions. Browse hotels: Punta Cana Hotels, Santo Domingo Hotels, Bavaro Hotels, La Romana Hotels

Jamaica

With associations of dark rum, pirates, and pristine beaches, Jamaica remains on the list of top Caribbean destinations. Jamaica offers solid doses of history, at Kingston and elsewhere, golf at Montego Bay, and eco-tourism at Ocho Rios, as well as oodles of sun and sand everywhere. There are numerous flights in and out of Jamaica, providing a number of low-cost options for visitors. Accommodation options range from informal guesthouses to international hotel chains and the local food is renowned for variety and flavor. Browse hotels: Hotels in Montego Bay, Hotels in Negril, Ocho Rios Hotels

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a vibrant mix of rich history, pristine sand beaches, and a classic rainforest making it the perfect vacation destination for all kinds of people with all kinds of tastes. From pure relaxation to explorations of culture or nature, from the heritage sites at San Juan to the El Yunque rainforest, not to mention the world famous beaches, Puerto Rico has it all. A variety of low cost travel options, and proximity to mainland, makes Puerto Rico easy to get to. Superbly connected to over twenty US cities, it also offers a range of accommodations to fit every budget. Browse hotels: Hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aruba

The sun drenched island of Aruba is a mere 15 miles from the Venezuelan coast, and offers everything from fantastic beaches to vibrant nightlife. Art galleries, well run museums, busy flea markets, and more adv interest to any vacation, and nature preserves like the Arikok National Park, or the Bubali Bird Sanctuary, are sure to engage your interest. Getting to Aruba is easy with competitive pricing and low-cost carriers, and staying there is sure to be affordable with a range of accommodation choices. The beaches are highly ranked, the food awesome, and getting around is easy and cost effective. Browse hotels: Hotels in Aruba

The Bahamas

The Bahamas are just about 50 miles from the Florida coast, and with temperatures hovering around the 80s, they are a fantastic year round holiday destination. Activities and recreational options offer something for everyone from diving, fishing, and boating, to snorkeling, or kayaking in the wonderful and spectacular lagoons and cays. More land loving visitors can enjoy golf, eclectic shopping, and casino gaming while the outdoorsy can make the best of the historical trails and the national parks. Reasonable air fares and affordable choices for accommodations combine with spectacular beaches to make it a Must See. Browse hotels: Hotels in Nassau, Hotels on Grand Bahamas Island, Hotels on Paradise Island

Grand Cayman Island

Grand Cayman has something for everyone, from the fun shopping in the George Town stores, to biking around the island, hiking and exploring, museum visits, and diving. Picnics on the many spectacular beaches are a must for families or couples. Low cost carriers connect Grand Cayman to numerous US destinations. Accommodation options come in wide ranges and fit most budgets, and the beaches are internationally renowned. Waters are clear, and the long continental shelf means that you can walk into the sea for a long distance, and the sea life is varied and abundant. Browse hotels: Hotels on Grand Cayman Island

St. Lucia

St Lucia is a vibrant little holiday destination that offers the best of the best of the Caribbean. Try out your fishing skills at the deep-sea fishing opportunities on the island, or enjoy the snorkeling at locations like Anse Chastanet. Alternatively one can enjoy the beaches, windsurf on the waves or enjoy water-skiing, and diving. Don’t forget to take in the cultural tours and the plantations as well as the botanical gardens. There are low-cost carriers offering numerous services from the US. And a range of different accommodation choices exist – from five-star international hotels to the small villas and inns that suit all budgets. Browse hotels: Hotels on St Lucia

Curacao

The best known image of Curacao is probably the waterfront with its colorful buildings. The weather is fantastic — year-round –- with 80-degree temperatures, and very little rainfall. Water enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the numerous snorkeling and dive sites and everyone is likely to be fascinated by the Caquetios Indian drawings from 1,500 years ago, at Hato Caves. Culturally minded visitors enjoy the oldest synagogue in constant use in all of the Western hemisphere. Several competing airlines offering budget services connect to Curacao and the island offers affordable bus services that connect the resort areas. Browse hotels: Hotels on Curacao

Barbados

Barbados has gained a reputation for being a fairly expensive vacation destination, but that’s more hype than fact. There are plenty of travel and accommodation options for travelers on modest budgets. From art galleries and numerous craft shows for the artistic and culturally minded, to great cuisine, to tours of historical sugar mills and current and historical distilleries, there is something for everyone. Sunshine is almost perpetual, and temperatures hover in the 80s most of the year, making it one of the best beach destinations around. Water temperatures never get colder than the 70s or 80s, and the calm waters and waves and winds of the 60 or more beaches are perfect for chilling out, snorkeling, surfing, and more. Browse hotels: Hotels on Barbados

Nevis

Nevis is a exotically beautiful island off Saint Kitts and is a lush and rich tropical paradise. Nevis boasts the kind of beauty that is usually associated in our minds with the South Pacific. The blend of the warm sunlight, with clear blue seas, and fresh, unpolluted air, not to mention the abundant vegetation makes it a great place to enjoy some much needed time-off. Musical celebrations, Carnival, and Culturama feature parades, street dancing and amazing music with live bands and performers. It is well connected, with daily flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico, St Maarten and Tortola. Affordable public transportation makes getting around easy. Browse hotels: Hotels on Nevis

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