The Caribbean is the top region for cruises and the choice winter destination for those who would rather enjoy a warmer holiday. A Caribbean getaway appeals to many because of the consistently warm weather, beautiful beaches, and laidback vibe, along with each island country’s distinct character.

For the average traveler who has to work on a budget, a vacation to any of the region’s gorgeous islands is possible. Not all Caribbean countries are posh and exclusive, there are plenty that also caters to travelers on a budget – while still making sure that the visit will be worth it.

Top 8 Affordable Caribbean Destinations

Here’s a quick guide on some of the more affordable Caribbean destinations, their best attractions plus tips on how much you’ll spend on food and accommodations.

1. Aruba

aruba palm beachKnown for its pristine beaches, stunning desert landscapes, and among the best wreck diving in the Caribbean — Aruba gives off an impression that it can only be enjoyed by those who are willing to splurge. However, this country located north of Venezuela is also a haven for budget travelers. With its year-long fine weather, the quaint capital of Oranjestad, the easily accessible beaches in the north, and the rough and dramatic vistas of the east coast — one will simply never run out of things to do and places to explore… even on a budget.

Must See / Visit:

  • Fort Zoutman
  • The Parliament Building
  • National Archaeological Museum in the island’s capital, Oranjestad.
  • Public beaches such as Renaissance Beach and Surfside Beach.
  • Beyond the beach, Aruba’s natural wonders such as the Arashi dunes and conical Hooiberg peak.

Accommodations

Budget: $35 to $60

Midrange: $70 to $120

Luxury: $200 to $900

Restaurants

Budget: $5 to $8

Midrange: from $12

Luxury: $30 to $60

2. Curacao

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Situated in the southern Caribbean Sea, the Dutch territory Curacao is an excellent place to visit and explore. Swim in its sparkling clear waters, and experience its rich marine life by diving or snorkeling. The weather is consistently warm and sunny, perfect for lounging at the beach or walking around town.

Apart from its idyllic beaches, Curacao is also known for the distinct European vibe of some of its attractions, like the colorful buildings and quaint museums in its charming capital.

Must See / Visit:

  • The island’s capital Willemstad features Dutch colonial architecture and the museums, shops, and cafes in the historic areas Punda and Pietermaai
  •  Museum Kura Hulanda’s art and a sculpture garden.
  • Christoffel National Park
  • Mount Christoffel
  • Shete Boka National Park
  • Public beaches like Mambo and  Grote Knip

Accommodations

Budget: $45 to $60

Midrange: $70 to $100

Luxury: $130 to $270

Restaurants

Budget: $2 to $8

Midrange: from $11

Luxury: from $28

3. Dominican Republic

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There are miles and miles of beaches surrounding the island of the Dominican Republic, which makes it an ideal island getaway.  Along with Haiti,  the always sunny Dominican Republic is on the island of Hispaniola, in the Caribbean.

The diverse geography, which ranges from lush forests and mountains to semi-desert areas, also creates unique opportunities for travelers who want more than a simple beach vacation.

Must See / Visit:

  • The cobblestone streets and well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture of the capital, Santo Domingo.
  • Aquamundo Sambil Santo Domingo
  • The ruins of the Monasterio de San Francisco and Catedral Primada de América — the first cathedral built in the Americas.
  • Nightlife at Plaza España and  Avenida Venezuela
  • Top beach destinations like Punta Cana, Samaná Peninsula,  Playa Galeras and Playa Rincon

Accommodations

Budget: $25 to $60

Midrange: $65 to $120

Luxury: $150 to $300

Restaurants

Budget: $3 to $4

Midrange: from $10

Luxury:  from $60

4. Grenada

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Grenada is located in the far south of the Caribbean but it is still easy to travel through a direct flight from North America. The island is known for its stunning scenery that doesn’t get crowded with tourists; the smell of fragrant spices like cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla, as well as the volcanic soil. Both unique and authentic, Grenada is the perfect Caribbean getaway whether you’re willing to splurge or traveling on a budget.

Must See / Visit:

  • Beaches like the popular Grand Anse, and the more secluded La Sagesse Beach,
  • The unique Hog Island
  • The pretty harbor and colorful streets of  St. George’s, Grenada’s capital.
  • The French-built Fort George
  • Market Square for local crafts, fruit, and, spices.
  • The 300-year-old Belmont Estate’s 400-acre grounds

Accommodations

Budget: 45 to $60

Midrange: $70 to $120

Luxury: $200 to $500

Restaurants

Budget: $5 to $10

Midrange: from $15

Luxury: $25 to $30

5. Jamaica

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Often regarded as the jewel of the Caribbean region, Jamaica is a melting pot of cultures. A wonderful mix of distinct Carib,   Creole, African, and Latin — a visit to Jamaica is bound to be unforgettable. More than the gorgeous beaches and as the birthplace of reggae and Bob Marley, this country island also boasts of many natural attractions. From flower forests to mountain ranges tinged in blue mist, to waterfall terraces and savory jerk meat, a visit to Jamaica is bound to be both fun and enriching.

Must See / Visit:

  • Montego Bay’s harbor and sandy beaches,
  • The South Coast
  • Ocho Rios
  • Port Anronio
  • Dunn’s River Falls and its adjoining beach
  • The National Gallery in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston
  • The murals on Fleet Street are free to visit at any time.

Accommodations

Budget: $25 to $50

Midrange: $65 to $115

Luxury:  $250 to $400

Restaurants

Budget: $2 to  $4

Midrange: $6 to $11

Luxury: $12 to $25

6. Puerto Rico

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A fascinating blend of cultures with a rich history, Puerto Rico is one of those Caribbean destinations that’s meant to be explored for more than a weekend or a few days. This island country is located east of the Dominican Republic, in between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It is known for its gorgeous beaches as well as a distinct Spanish-Caribbean culture with an American flair.

Must See / Visit:

  • The charming cobblestone streets and brightly colored homes of its capital city, San Juan.
  • The 16th-century El Morro fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Casa Bacardi, a must-see for rum enthusiasts
  • The beaches Playa Sucia, with its laidback vibe: Playa Flamenco, the ultimate beach paradise and Playa Combate, said to be the longest beach in Puerto Rico,
  • El Yunque National Forest, with its scenic hiking trails and the Cascada La Mina waterfall

Accommodations

Budget: $45 to $60

Midrange: $80 to $120

Luxury: $200 to $750

Restaurants

Budget: $7 to $10

Midrange: from $20

Luxury: $30 to $40

7. St. Lucia

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St. Lucia is often regarded as the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. A lot of people think that St. Lucia is expensive but you can also do it on a budget, especially if you know where to go.

A popular stop for cruise ships, the island is also the ideal getaway for beachcombers, nature lovers, and adventurous travelers. Blessed with diverse and dramatic landscapes, St. Lucia has something for everyone. From a walk along with quaint villages to a trek up rugged mountains, a trip to St. Lucia promises to be fun and adventure-filled.

Must See / Visit:

  • Anse Chastanet Marine National Park
  • Marigot Bay
  • The Piton Mountains
  • Tet Paul Nature Trail
  • The  Soufrière village
  • Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, Waterfall & Mineral Bath
  • Rodney Bay
  • Pigeon Island National Park

Accommodations

Budget: $45 to $60

Midrange: $70 to $110

Luxury: $350 to $950

Restaurants

Budget: $10

Midrange: $15  to $20

Luxury: $30+

8. Trinidad and Tobago

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Located just off the coast of South America, the twin-islands Trinidad and Tobago offer more than sandy beaches. This Caribbean island is home to vibrant cities as well as lush rain forests, colorful reefs, and diverse wildlife.

Unlike in other Caribbean islands, tourism in Trinidad and Tobago isn’t yet as developed. This means that visitors get to enjoy the beaches and forests as if they are just discovering some hidden paradise.

Must See / Visit:

  • The main cities of Port of Spain and San Fernando
  • The laidback and idyllic beaches of Maracas and Las Cuevas
  • The rich marine biodiversity of the Grande Riviere village
  • Asa Wright Nature Centre and Brasso Seco are for hiking, spotting colorful bird species, cocoa cultivation tours, or just learning about the slow pace of life in rural Trinidad.

Accommodations

Budget: $25 to $55

Midrange: $80 to $125

Luxury: $150 to $200

Restaurants

Budget: $3 to $7

Midrange: $15 to $20

Luxury: $30+

*The cost of accommodations are for people while the restaurant is per person.  

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